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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2008
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
240-221-2905
jamesj@eyeresearch.org

AEVR CO-SPONSORS SEPTEMBER 9 CAPITOL HILL BRIEFING ON DIABETES AND VISION LOSS

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) announced that it is serving as a co-sponsor of a Congressional Briefing hosted by Lighthouse International on the impact of diabetes on vision loss. The briefing Diabetes and Vision Loss: A Crisis will be held Tuesday, September 9, from 12 Noon -1:15 pm in Room 562 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact Dina Beaumont at 202-530-4672 or dinabeau@aol.com to RSVP.

The briefing, also co-sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, Prevent Blindness America, and the American Foundation for the Blind, will address the impact of diabetic retinopathy, which affects over 5 million people over the age of 18 and is responsible for about 20 percent of new cases of blindness between the ages of 45 and 74. One of the featured speakers is Neil Bressler, M.D. (Wilmer Eye Institute/Johns Hopkins University), who chairs the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research (DRCR) Network. The DRCR, which is funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF), is a collaboration of clinicians and researchers from different subspecialties throughout the nation and at the NIH who are combining their skills and assets to accelerate discoveries about the causes of diabetic retinopathy and to develop preventions, treatments, and cures.

The briefing will also feature adaptive optical devices and adaptive insulin devices for persons with low vision or blindness.

Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation dedicated to education about the importance of federal funding for eye and vision research. Visit its Web site at www.eyeresearch.org

Lighthouse International, founded in 1905, is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to preserving vision and to providing critically needed health care services to help people of all ages overcome the challenges of vision loss. Through services, education, research, and advocacy, the Lighthouse enables people with low vision and blindness to enjoy safe, independent, and productive lives. Visit its Web site at www.lighthouse.org