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The Vision Community Announces Congressional Briefings on Three Topics in Eye Disease Research and Prevention September-October 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Diabetes and Vision Loss
12 Noon- 1:15 pm, House Rayburn B-339

Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among Americans ages 20-74. With the surge of diabetes in the US, this problem is only expected to get worse. The briefing features an in-depth discussion of diabetes and vision loss — and what can be done to quell this mounting public health crisis. Featured speakers:

  • Neil Bressler, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology, Chief of Retina Division (The Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital)
  • Mark Ackermann, President and CEO (Lighthouse International, host)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Lifestyle and Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
12 Noon -1:15 pm, House Rayburn B-340

Recognizing International AMD Awareness Week 2011, the briefing will address risk factors for AMD, including diet, obesity, smoking, race, family history, and gender. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in older Americans, severely altering a person’s ability to read and drive, thereby impacting productivity, independence, and quality of life. Featured speakers:

  • Emily Chew, M.D., Deputy Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications and Deputy Clinical Director (National Eye Institute/NIH)
  • James Jorkasky, Executive Director (Alliance for Eye and Vision Research, host)

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Cost-Effectiveness of Blindness Prevention Activities
12 Noon – 1:15 pm, House Rayburn B-340

Held on World Sight Day 2011 this event, sponsored by the Vision 2020 USA program of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) will discuss groundbreaking, cost-effective health interventions that have prevented vision loss, such as vitamin A supplementation and cataract surgery. Featured speakers:

  • Kevin Frick, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Center for Global Health Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Louis Pizzarello, M.D. (Columbia University/IAPB Vision 2020 USA, host)

RSVP to Dina Beaumont for these widely attended events at or 202-530-4672