BRAVO and AIVO organize translational research symposia

Originally published in the Fall 2013 issue of ARVONews


Two ARVO International Chapter Affiliates — the Brazilian Research Association in Vision and Ophthalmology (BRAVO) and the Asociación de Investigación en Visión y Oftalmología (AIVO) — organized their first session together during the Pan-American Council of Ophthalmology Congress in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

The meeting, entitled Ocular Translational Research: From the Lab to the Patient, brought BRAVO and AIVO members together to discuss their research and to plan joint future projects.

The event included four symposia about ocular translational research, advances in vitreoretinal diseases, basic research in ophthalmology and visual sciences, as well as new approaches for ocular stem cell therapy and cellular degeneration/regeneration in eye diseases.

Members met with Sally A. Atherton, PhD, FARVO, ARVO’s executive director, to discuss their research interests and needs, networking and funding opportunities, and how international chapter affiliates and ARVO can work together to benefit both members and vision research in general.

The groups are discussing a possible BRAVO-AIVO activity during the ARVO 2014 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., in May, as well as joint sessions during each chapter affiliate’s annual meeting.

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