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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2009
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
240-221-2905
jamesj@eyeresearch.org

SENATE PASSES S. RES. 209 RECOGNIZING THE NEIíS 40TH ANNIVERSARY AND DESIGNATING 2011-2020 AS THE DECADE OF VISION

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the U.S. Senate passed S. Res. 209 which recognizes the 40th anniversary of the National Eye Institute (NEI) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and supports designation of 2011-2020 as the Decade of Vision (DOV). The Senateís action follows the U.S. House of Representativesí unanimous passage on June 16 of H. Res. 366, which also acknowledged the NEIís 40th anniversary and supported the DOV. The lead Republican Senate sponsor for S. Res. 209 was Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and the lead Democratic co-sponsor was Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD). After Senate passage, NAEVR Executive Director James Jorkasky issued the following statement:

"Since it serves as the ĎFriends of the National Eye Institute,í NAEVR was pleased to have worked with champions Senator Isakson and Senator Cardin to ensure successful passage of S. Res. 209. We deeply appreciate their efforts. Through S. Res. 209 and H. Res. 366, Congress has re-affirmed NEIís leadership of our nationís federal research efforts to prevent blindness and save and restore vision, benefiting the health, and vision health, of all Americans."

On June 17, NAEVRís affiliated educational foundation, the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research, (AEVR), held a Capitol Hill reception celebrating the 40th anniversary of the NEI.

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 www.eyeresearch.org.