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April 1, 2009
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director


(Washington, D.C.) Today, the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) announced that it will once again have a major presence at the ARVO Annual Meeting, to be held May 3-7, 2009, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, including:
  • NAEVR Contact Congress Booth, open Sunday through Tuesday, May 3-5, and located at the inside left entrance of the exhibit hall, within ARVO Central. Visitors can email their Members of Congress to support a Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Eye Institute (NEI) funding increase of at least seven percent. NAEVR staff will also answer questions about grant opportunities available due to the more than $200 million in additional vision research funding at the NEI and the Department of Defense (DOD) from the economic stimulus package and final FY2009 appropriations.

  • Defense-related Vision Research Opportunities Briefing, to be held Monday, May 4, from 7:30-8:30 am in Rooms 301/302 of the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and featuring DOD Vision Center of Excellence (VCE) Director Colonel Donald Gagliano, M.D. Attendees will learn more about the DOD’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) and its expected late April 2909 Program Announcement regarding $4 million in FY2009 funding opportunities, as well as research topics of past awards. Dr. Gagliano will discuss how the VCE’s Military Eye Trauma Registry will drive future research.

“NAEVR’s Contact Congress Booth serves both as a central point to advocate for future vision research funding increases and to learn about existing funding opportunities, since the federal government has made more funds available for vision research than ever before,” said NAEVR Executive Director James Jorkasky, who will be joined by NAEVR Advocacy Manager David Epstein in hosting the Booth and Monday Briefing.  

The National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) is a 501(c)4 non-profit advocacy coalition comprised of 55 professional, consumer, and industry organizations involved in eye and vision research. Visit the Web site at