ARVO International Chapter Affiliates Program

The ARVO International Chapter Affiliates program was established in 2006 with charter members from Argentina, Brazil and Israel. It has grown to 13 chapters and continues to grow. The program has become an effective channel for fulfilling ARVO’s mission around the world. 

The partnership between ARVO and its International Chapter Affiliates strengthens eye and vision research, and connects the global community of vision scientists. ARVO International Chapter Affiliates host at least one educational program each year and send one or more young vision scientists to the ARVO Annual Meeting. 

The International Chapter Affiliates Committee, which is made up of a leader from each international chapter affiliate, supports this program. 

To learn more about becoming an ARVO International Chapter Affiliate, download a copy of the ARVO International Chapter Affiliate Start-up and Operations Manual.

Current chapter affiliates


AIVO

Background: Established in December 2006 in Buenos Aires, AIVO’s members are ophthalmologists and academic researchers with expertise in regenerative medicine, pharmacogenomics and nanotechnology. They come from Argentina,Paraguay and Uruguay. AIVO hosts a multidisciplinary clinical and basic science meeting each year. AIVO became an International Chapter Affiliate on May 5, 2007.

Officer:
Jose Luna Pinto, MD
Website: http://aivo.com.ar/


AARVO

Background: AARVO was established in 2008 as a working group of the Austrian Ophthalmological Society located in Vienna, Austria. Members of AARVO are basic eye and vision scientists. Meetings are held annually in conjunction with the Austrian Ophthalmological Society. AARVO became an international chapter affiliate on May 2, 2009.

Officer:
Herbert Reitsamer, MD


BRAVO

Background: Established in 2004, BRAVO has approximately 200 basic researchers and holds an Annual Meeting each year with approximately 2,000 attendees. Located in São Paulo, BRAVO is also one of nine scientific societies in Brazil that are part of the Federation of Experimental Biology Societies (FESBE). BRAVO became an international chapter affiliate on October 21, 2006.

Officer:
Augusto Paranhos, MD
Website: www.bravo.org.br 


CCRVO

Background: CCRVO was established in February 2009, as a working group of the Chinese Ophthalmological Society. Located in Beijing, P.R. China, CCRVO has approximately 253 members who are ophthalmic and vision researchers. They organize a one-day scientific meeting each year. CCRVO became an international chapter affiliate on May 1, 2010.

Officer:
Ningli Wang, PhD


CARVO

Background:CARVO’s purpose is to encourage and support research in Colombia, with the goal of strengthening the knowledge and training of new ophthalmologists. CARVO is located in Bogota, Colombia and became an international chapter affiliate on Jan. 14, 2013.

Officer:
Carlos A. Medina, MD
Website: www.carvo.com.co


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ARVO-EGYPT

Background: ARVO-Egypt was founded as a group of the National Eye Hospital (Alwatany) in Cairo, Egypt. ARVO-Egypt’s goal is to promote collaboration among ophthalmologists in clinical and epidemiological ophthalmological research. ARVO-Egypt became an international chapter affiliate on January 14, 2013.

Officer:
Mohamed El Bahrawy, MD
Website: www.arvoegypt.org

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HARVO
 

Background: HARVO was founded in March 2007 in the Department of Ophthalmology at Semmelweis University Budapest as a section of the Hungarian Ophthalmological Society. HARVO has approximately 56 members with research areas in anterior segment surgery, tear film and ocular surface, glaucoma, and surgical and medical retina. HARVO hosts an annual symposium with over 150 attendees, in conjunction with the annual Congress of the Hungarian Ophthalmological Society. HARVO became an international chapter affiliate in November 14, 2007.

Officer:
János Németh, MD, PhD, DSc
Website: www.harvo.org

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ARVO-India

Background: Established in 1992, ARVO-India has over 200 members and holds an annual meeting each July. The annual meeting is a platform for exchange of ideas among eye researchers in India and brings together those involved in different areas of basic and clinical eye research. ARVO-India became an international chapter affiliate in April 2011, originally as IERG-ARVO-IC.

Officer:
Gullapalli Rao, MD


ARVO-ISVER
 

Background: Established in 1979, ISVER has approximately 150 basic and clinical eye and vision researchers, and hosts an annual meeting with 120 presentations. ISVER became an international chapter affiliate on April 29, 2006.

Officer:
Dror Sharon, PhD
Website: www.isver.org.il 


IT-ARVO

Background: Established in March 2011 in Catania, Italy with the goal of promoting regional education programs and networking with other ARVO chapter affiliates. IT-ARVO became an international chapter affiliate in April 2011.

Officer:
Filippo Drago, MD, PhD


MARVO 

Background: MARVO is an independent organization of ophthalmologists and vision researchers in Mexico. It was established on February 2010, and currently has 40 members focusing in clinical and basic research, as well as clinical epidemiology. MARVO held its first-ever ophthalmic research conference in 2011. MARVO became an international chapter affiliate on May 1, 2010.

Officer:
 Alejandro Navas MD, PhD, FACS
Website: www.arvomexico.org


ARVO-NED

Background: ARVO-NED was formed in March 2008 as a working group of the Netherlands Ophthalmological Society, located in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. ARVO NED members are basic and clinical eye and vision researchers. Meetings are held annually with a focus building scientific collaborations amongst young researchers in the Netherlands. ARVO-NED became an international chapter affiliate on April 25, 2008.

Officer:
Martine Jager, MD, PhD, FARVO


SEE-ARVO

Background: SEE-ARVO was established in August, 2009, as a sub-group of ophthalmic and vision researchers of the South-East European Ophthalmological Society (SEEOS). SEE-ARVO is a regional chapter consisting of members from 18 countries, including Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey. It is headquartered in Bulgaria and hosts an annual meeting in the region. SEE-ARVO became an international chapter on October 29, 2009.

Officer:
Petja Vassileva, MD, PhD, DSci, MPH

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