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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2012
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
240-221-2905
jamesj@eyeresearch.org

AEVR ANNOUNCES TWO CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFINGS TO HELD IN MARCH 2012 ON KEY VISION RESEARCH TOPICS: GLAUCOMA AND DEPLOYMENT-RELATED VISION TRAUMA

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) announced that its Decade of Vision 2010-2020 Initiative is hosting two Congressional Briefings in March 2012 on key vision research topics, with RSVP to Dina Beaumont at 202-530-4672 or dinabeau@aol.com:

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
World Glaucoma Week Briefing and Release of
The Silver Book®: Vision Loss Volume II

12 Noon- 1:15 pm, House Rayburn B-340

Recognizing World Glaucoma Week 2012, this briefing will educate attendees about glaucoma incidence and progress towards individualized treatments, many of which have emerged from research funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Additionally, AEVR is joining with the Alliance for Aging Research to release The Silver Book®: Vision Loss Volume II, an update of the 2007 edition of the compendium of data on the incidence of and research into aging eye disease available on-line at www.silverbook.org/visionloss and in hard copy.

Featured speakers include:

  • Arthur J. Sit, S.M., M.D. (Mayo Clinic)
  • Dan Perry, President & CEO, Alliance for Aging Research
  • James Jorkasky, AEVR Executive Director


Thursday, March 22, 2012
Deployment-Related Vision Trauma Research: A Vision Enhancement System for the Blind and Significantly Visually Impaired
12 Noon -1:15 pm, House Rayburn B-340


The Peer Reviewed Vision Trauma Research Program, which is a dedicated line in Department of Defense (DOD) appropriations, funds DOD-identified research gaps into deployment-related vision trauma caused by penetrating eye injuries and visual impairment from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). This year, AEVR’s briefing focuses on research into a wearable, electronic vision enhancement to guide blinded or significantly visually impaired individuals through their environment, improving quality of life.

  • James Weiland, Ph.D. (Doheny Eye Institute/University of Southern California)
  • Col. Don Gagliano, M.D., Director, Joint DOD/VA Vision Center of Excellence
  • James Jorkasky, AEVR Executive Director

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