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The Vision Community Announces Congressional Luncheon Briefings on Three Topics in Eye Disease Research and Prevention

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation
12 Noon - 1:15 pm, House Rayburn 2168 (The Gold Room)

The number of individuals with low vision will rise dramatically by year 2050, since the number of individuals with age-related macular degeneration will double and the number of people with diabetic retinopathy 65 years or older will double. This briefing will focus on the critical role of low vision and vision rehabilitation to independence and quality of life. Featured speakers:

  • Bruce Rosenthal, O.D., F.A.A.O., Chief of Low Vision, Lighthouse International
  • Mark Ackermann, President and CEO (Lighthouse International, host)

Thursday, September 20, 2012
A New Era: Diagnostics and Therapeutics Targeting Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and its Co-segregating Diseases
12 Noon - 1:15 pm, House Rayburn B-338

Recognizing International AMD Awareness Week 2012, the briefing reports on how past research into gene variants in the body’s immune pathway being associated with risk of developing AMD is suggesting that AMD is not a single complex genetic disease, but likely multiple, distinct diseases. These new insights are enabling new strategies for the development of diagnostics, clinical trial design, and therapeutics. Featured speakers:

  • Gregory Hageman, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Center for Translational Medicine, John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah
  • James Jorkasky, Executive Director (Alliance for Eye and Vision Research, host)

Thursday, October 11, 2012
World Sight Day: From Vision Research to Vision Loss Prevention
12 Noon – 1:15 pm, House Rayburn 2168 (The Gold Room)

Held on World Sight Day 2012 this event, sponsored by the Vision 2020 USA program of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), features representatives from the National Eye Institute (NEI) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discussing how vision research facilitates vision loss prevention research, strategies, and education. Featured speakers:
  • John Prakash, Ph.D., Associate Director for International Programs, National Eye Institute of the National Institutes Health
  • John Crews, D.P.A., Vision Health Initiative, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

RSVP to Dina Beaumont at or 202-530-4672