Mexico and China launch ARVO International Affiliate Chapters
Originally published in the Summer/Fall 2010 issue of
Ophthalmologists and vision researchers in Mexico recently formed an independent organization, Colegio Nacional de Investigación en Ciencias Visuales (MARVO), to encourage and promote visual sciences in their country.
Currently, MARVO has 40 members focusing on clinical research, basic laboratory research and clinical epidemiology. MARVO’s long-term goal is to build scientific research collaborations in Mexico through its affiliation with ARVO. The group’s first activity was to co-sponsor a two-day clinical trials education course with ARVO and the Mexican Centre of Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the end of July with 89 attendees. The course is being planned again for next year along with a statistical course. In addition, MARVO is planning to organize its first-ever ophthalmic research conference in 2011 and is also developing a website.
A group of ophthalmic and vision researchers under the umbrella of the Chinese Ophthalmological Society came together in February 2009 and organized a one-day meeting to focus on research. The Chinese Congress of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (CCRVO) hosted a second meeting in March 2010. The success of both meetings and the 253 CCRVO members (also members of ARVO) paved the way for international chapter affiliation status with ARVO in May 2010.
By affiliating with ARVO, CCRVO members look forward to expanding the scientific diversity of their meetings, providing funds to support young researchers to attend more international meetings — including the ARVO Annual Meeting — and learning how to write high-quality scientific papers to increase their chances of getting published. CCRVO is planning a third meeting in early 2011.