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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2015
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
240-221-2905
jamesj@eyeresearch.org

AEVR ANNOUNCES FALL 2015 CAPITOL HILL EVENTS: CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFINGS AND EVENING RECEPTION TO MAINTAIN THE MOMENTUM FOR VISION RESEARCH FUNDING

(Washington, D.C.) The Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) today announced a series of events in September and October 2015, including the first-ever Emerging Scientists Reception held on Capitol Hill. Also of note is a September Congressional Briefing, held during International Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Week 2015, and an October briefing recognizing World Sight Day 2015, hosted by VISION 2020/USA and managed by AEVR. To RSVP, contact Dina Beaumont at dinabeau@aol.com or 202-530-4672. Visit the home page of www.eyeresearch.org to link to the event information.

Thursday, September 17
Congressional Briefing: Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD): Research and Therapies for the Leading Cause of Blindness in the
United States

12 Noon, House Rayburn Office Building, Room 2168 (The Gold Room)

Held as part of International AMD Awareness Week 2015, the speakers include:

  • Emily Chew, M.D., NEI Deputy Clinical Director
  • Wai Wong, M.D., Ph.D., Lab Chief, Neuron-Glial Interactions in Retinal Diseases

Wednesday, October 7
Congressional Briefing: Burden of Uncorrected Refractive Errors in Vision
12 Noon, House Rayburn Office Building, Room 2168 (The Gold Room)
Hosted by VISION 2020/USA and managed by AEVR, recognizing World Sight Day 2015, the speakers include:

  • Jane Gwiazda, Ph.D. (New England College of Optometry)
  • Cheri Wiggs, Ph.D. (National Eye Institute, NEI)
  • Kevin Frick, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Sandra Block, O.D., M.Ed. (Illinois College of Optometry)

Wednesday, October 7
Emerging Vision Scientists Reception
5:30 – 7:30 pm, House Rayburn Building Foyer
Also recognizing World Sight Day 2015, the reception showcases the work of 22 early-stage vision scientists who will display posters and discuss their breakthrough research, which ranges from that addressing aging eye disease to total eye transplantation. The event, made possible by a grant from Research to Prevent Blindness, focuses on answering the question, “How will this research delay or prevent the $717 billion annual cost of eye disease and vision impairment projected by year 2050?”

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