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February 6, 2017
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director


(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research’s (AEVR) Decade of Vision 2010-2020 Initiative announced Congressional Briefings to be held in March 2017 that support the vision community’s request for increased Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations for the National Eye Institute (NEI) and the Peer Reviewed Vision Research Program (VRP) in Department of Defense (DOD) appropriations. RSVP for both events to Taylor Beaumont at 202-407-8320 or

Thursday, March 9, 2017
World Glaucoma Week 2017 Congressional Briefing:
Translating Glaucoma Therapy from Bench to Bedside
12 Noon -1:15 pm, House Rayburn 2040 (formerly B-340)

Glaucoma, a neurological disease affecting the optic nerve and causing loss of peripheral vision and ultimately blindness, is the second leading cause of preventable vision loss in the United States. Featured speaker Malik Y. Kahook, M.D. (University of Colorado School of Medicine) will describe how research funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is resulting in innovative technologies to treat glaucoma patients and alleviate the burden of disease by preserving vision.

Held to recognize World Glaucoma Week 2017, the event is co-sponsored by Research to Prevent Blindness, the American Glaucoma Society, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Glaucoma Research Foundation, and the Optometric Glaucoma Society.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Deployment-Related Vision Trauma Research:
Cornea Transplant Tissue Quality and Sight Restoration
12 Noon – 1:15 pm, House Rayburn 2040 (formerly B-340)

Traumatic eye injury from penetrating wounds and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) ranks second only to hearing loss as the most common injury among active military. Featured speaker Mark A. Greiner, M.D. (University of Iowa Carver School of Medicine) will focus on corneal transplants, primarily the research to improve the quality of corneal transplant tissue and patient outcomes.

Since Fiscal Year 2009, the Vision Research Program (VRP) funded through Department of Defense (DOD) appropriations has awarded 74 grants for a total of $63 million to researchers addressing penetrating eye injuries, corneal healing, corneal/retinal protection, and TBI-related visual dysfunction.

The event is co-sponsored by Research to Prevent Blindness, Blinded Veterans Association, Eye Bank Association of America, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR), a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation, is proud to announce these educational 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