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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2010
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
240-221-2905
jamesj@eyeresearch.org

AEVR’s DECADE OF VISION 2010-2020 INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES FIRST-QUARTER 2010 CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFINGS ON DEFENSE-RELATED VISION RESEARCH AND GLAUCOMA

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) announced that it will conduct two Congressional briefings in first-quarter 2010 on vision research funded by the Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Eye Institute (NEI) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as follows:

Vision Research Meeting Battlefield Needs: Corneal Wound Sealing/Healing/Protection
Thursday, February 18, 2010
House Rayburn B-339, 12 Noon – 1:15 pm

Researcher Irene Kochevar, Ph.D. (Massachusetts General Hospital) will describe two aspects of her research—sealing penetrating eye injuries in battlefield conditions, and preventing corneal damage in burn patients during their recovery period. AEVR is educating Capitol Hill about the importance of the Peer Reviewed Medical Research-Vision funding line item in Department of Defense appropriations, which is a dedicated funding source for extramural vision research into immediate battlefield needs. RSVP to Dina Beaumont at dinabeau@aol.com.

Glaucoma: Acknowledging World Glaucoma Week 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
House Rayburn B-340, 12 Noon -1:15 pm

Researcher Christopher Girkin, M.D. (University of Alabama at Birmingham) will discuss the latest developments in research into glaucoma, one of the world’s primary causes of vision loss. He will place special emphasis on the NEI-funded African Descent and Glaucoma Evaluation Study (ADAGES), which is identifying factors accounting for differences in glaucoma onset and rate of progression between individuals of African and European descent. African Americans over age 40 and all adults over age 60, especially Hispanics, are at a higher risk for this disease. RSVP to Dina Beaumont at dinabeau@aol.com.

The Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR), a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation, is proud to announce these programs associated with its Decade of Vision 2010-2020 Initiative, a sustained educational effort acknowledged by Congress that recognizes the benefits of federally funded vision research. Visit its Web site at www.eyeresearch.org.