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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2009
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
240-221-2905
jamesj@eyeresearch.org

AEVR ANNOUNCES A JUNE 17 CONGRESSIONAL RECEPTION CELEBRATING THE NEIís 40TH ANNIVERSARY

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR), which serves as the "Friends of the National Eye Institute (NEI)," announced a Wednesday, June 17, Capitol Hill reception to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the NEI, the Institute within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) dedicated to vision research. The event, to be held in the Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building from 5:30 Ė 7:00 pm (with RSVP to Ms. Dina Beaumont at 202-530-4672 or dinabeau@aol.com), will feature comments by:

  • AEVR President Stephen Ryan, M.D. (Doheny Eye Institute), who also serves as host;
  • NEI Director Paul Sieving, M.D., Ph.D., who has led the Institute since 2001; and
  • Albert Brandel, President, Lions Clubs International, an AEVR member organization.
Commenting on this event, Mr. Brandel stated that, "Since Lions Clubs in all 50 states coordinated the 100,000-plus telegrams and letters that flooded Capitol Hill in support of the creation of the NEI, I am honored to participate in this celebration of 40 years of federally funded research to save sight and restore vision. As a private, international organization that works closely with the NEI, Lions Clubs can attest to the global impact of the Instituteís work." Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), along with the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), serve as sponsors for the event.

This AEVR event is being held under a new initiative established by the Alliance, the Decade of Vision 2010-2020, which is a sustained program to educate about the beneficial impact of federally funded vision research. AEVR-affiliated organization National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) has worked with Representatives Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Pete Sessions (R-TX), who have introduced H. Res 366, which recognizes the NEIís 40th anniversary and supports designation of 2010-2020 as the Decade of Vision.

Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational foundation composed of stakeholders in vision research—including ophthalmic and optometric professionals, consumer and patient groups, and industry—that educates about the value of federally funded eye and vision research. AEVRís Web site at www.eyeresearch.org has a section dedicated to the NEIís 40th anniversary that is linked from the home page. This section has posted a number of congratulatory letters from the vision community to the NEI.