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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2012
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
240-221-2905
jamesj@eyeresearch.org

AEVR’s DECADE OF VISION 2010-2020 INITIATIVE RELEASES A VALUE OF DEFENSE-RELATED VISION RESEARCH BROCHURE

(Boston, Mass.) Today, at the Fifth Military Vision Symposium on Ocular and Vision Injury held by the Schepens Eye Research Institute, the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research’s (AEVR) Decade of Vision 2010-2020 Initiative released its Value of Defense-related Vision Research brochure. This document, which will be distributed to all Congressional offices, educates about the Vision Trauma Research Program (VTRP) budget line in Defense appropriations, especially as to how VTRP-funded research addresses Department of Defense (DOD)-identified needs.

Summarizing the last seven years of education by AEVR and advocacy by its affiliate, the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR), to address deployment-related eye injuries from combat operations, the brochure presents:

  • Data about traumatic eye injury, including that from environmental or chemical exposure, a penetrating injury, and visual dysfunction due to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Results from NAEVR’s 2012 Military Eye Injury and Blindness Study
  • A timeline about the VTRP’s funding history and bipartisan Congressional support, as well as support by Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs)
  • DOD-identified vision gaps
  • How the DOD’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) manages the VTRP line item, citing specific examples of research
  • How TATRC interacts with the joint DOD/Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vision Center of Excellence (VCE)
  • How the United States collaborates with its allies on research
“Shortly, TATRC will announce $14 million in VTRP awards to 21 researchers from its Fiscal Year (FY) 2011-2012 funding cycle, which is in addition to $11 million in awards to 12 researchers from its FY2009-2010 cycle. The VTRP has become a major funding source for researchers who are investigating ways to prevent and treat these traumatic eye injuries in our soldiers that are very different than those experienced by civilians,” said James Jorkasky, AEVR Executive Director. He added that, in addition to educating legislators, the brochure will be used to educate the media, as well as researchers who have yet to seek VTRP funding.

The brochure is available as a downloadable PDF at www.eyeresearch.org.

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