Online Education

Designed by vision researchers for visions researchers, ARVO Online Education — free to members — offers training and professional development for researchers at all career levels. Self-paced courses and videos will help you strengthen scientific strategies, research methods and approaches to publication.


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Research training header New : Learn and enhance skills for successful research in the eye and vision sciences with these four self-paced modules:

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NEI/FDA Endpoints Workshop: AMD and inherited retinal disease (webcast)Dollar sign

Diabetic retinopathy – Battling the global epidemic 
ARVO 2016 Recorded sessions 
ARVO 2015 Keynotes and special sessions
ARVO 2014 Keynotes and special sessions
ARVO 2013 Keynotes and special sessions
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Guide to scientific peer review

Guide to scientific networking

Strategies for effective grant writing

Career resources library (advice from ARVO members)

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New Research Training Series

Guide to scientific method and experimental design
Overview: This module provides an overview of scientific methods and of the various tools and techniques required to conduct good scientific research. Beginning with guidelines for asking the right question as the foundation of a firm hypothesis, the module delves into the basics of designing a study to address the research question. This module also discusses appropriate techniques for generating and securing a dataset and its interpretation using analysis tools to gain meaningful insights. Guidance is provided on how to collaborate with experts and secure funding for research activities. It also provides guidance on sharing data across the research community to various stakeholders though presentations and publications.

Intended audience: The module addresses the needs of early career researchers and clinicians seeking to understand the fundamental principles of scientific research.
Lead contributor: Subhabrata Chakrabarti, PhD

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Guide to eye and vision research techniques - coming soon  

Overview: This module is designed to help investigators select or create an appropriate model to answer eye and vision research questions. The model chosen will depend on whether the study will be in vitro, in vivo, ex vivo or in silico. Each study type will be explored in this module. You will learn about:
Lesson 1: In silico models
Lesson 2: In vitro models and the importance of cell line authentication
Llesson 3: In vivo models (existing and create your own)
Lesson 4: Ethical guidelines and statistical considerations
Lesson 5: Models for specific eye and vision diseases and disorders
Lesson 6: Ocular pharmacology models in lesson
Lesson 7: Documenting and delivering your results in

Intended audience: TBD
Lead contributor: Francine Behar-Cohen, MD, PhD

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Guide to human subjects research - coming soon
Overview: This educational module is designed to clarify concepts and provide guidance for investigators when designing, performing and interpreting human subjects research. The module is divided into six lessons. It is recommended that you proceed through each lesson in order. However, you are free to access any lesson at any time.
Lesson 1: Introduction to human subjects research
Lesson 2: Responsible conduct of research
Lesson 3: Preparing for a clinical trial
Lesson 4: Practical aspects of a clinical trial
Lesson 5: Statistics and data analysis
Lesson 6: Eye-related issues in clinical research

Intended audience: TBD
Lead contributor: M.E. Hartnett, MD, PhD, FARVO

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Guide to scientific publishing
Overview: Publishing high-quality and appropriately peer-reviewed research is essential to advancing the field of eye and vision science; yet, many researchers are unaware of or lack access to resources to help them with these tasks. This guide provides these resources.

Intended audience
: Researchers who seek to publish manuscripts in eye and vision science journals, researchers who have been asked to peer-review articles for eye and vision science journals and research mentors who desire resources for teaching these concepts
Lead contributor: Steven J. Fliesler, PhD, FARVO 

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