ARVO Cross-sectional Groups were created in 2006 to meet the interdisciplinary scientific needs of ARVO members. Cross-sectional Groups give ARVO members the opportunity to network with colleagues from different but related areas of study, exchange information on topics of mutual interest and seek guidance on allied issues.
Cross-sectional Group members are elected by their group colleagues to serve on the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) to select abstracts for a paper session and for poster sessions. Cross-sectional Group members can also suggest programming ideas and provide feedback through the Cross-sectional Group listservs.
Current groups are:
Genetics Group (GEN)
Description: Members of the Genetics Group are interested in the interdisciplinary aspects of the genomics and genetics of vision and ocular disease. Topics include:
- Methods for disease gene discovery (linkage approaches, candidate gene association studies and genome-wide association studies)
- Novel technologies, such as whole exome and whole genome sequencing
- Phenotypic expression of genetic variants including modifier gene effects, gene-gene interactions and gene-environment interactions
Translational features of genetic and genomic research, including genetic screening, gene-based therapy, pharmacogenomics and the development of personalized medicine for ophthalmic disorders are also featured.
Low Vision Group (LV)
Description: The Low Vision Group aims to facilitate interdisciplinary communication among researchers in the disparate areas of low vision, including:
- Epidemiology of vision impairment
- Quality of life measures of low vision
- Electrophysiological and brain-imaging evaluations of visual pathways in low vision
- Psychophysical performance measures of functional vision
- Development and validation of outcome measures
- Conduct of clinical trials evaluating rehabilitation approaches
- Development and evaluation of adaptive technologies for people with low vision
Multidisciplinary Ophthalmic Imaging Group (MOI)
Description: The Multidisciplinary Ophthalmic Imaging Group brings together clinicians, scientists and engineers from a variety of disciplines who are engaged in the development and application of imaging modalities.
The group seeks to provide a cross-disciplinary home for researchers who are working on a wide range of imaging applications and technologies.
The group spans technology development, fundamental research and clinical studies, as well as variety of imaging methods such as ultrasound, MR, fundus imaging, spectral imaging, microscopy and optical coherence tomography.
Cross-sectional Group guidelines
- A minimum of 50 ARVO members must indicate interest in order to form a Cross-sectional Group.
- Cross-sectional Groups will not operate as sections, although trustees and program committee chairs from several sections can initiate formation of a group. Cross-sectional Groups will not be represented on the Board of Trustees.
- Program topics for paper, poster and platform sessions must be interdisciplinary. Platform session will be scheduled during the SIG/Workshop timeslot at the ARVO Annual Meeting.
- Financial support by ARVO or from other sources will not be used to underwrite the Cross-sectional Group program.
- Cross-sectional Group Organizing Committee members must be members of ARVO.
- Commercial relationships must be disclosed for the organizer(s), moderator(s), speakers and panelists involved with the preparation and presentation of the programs.
- Cross-sectional Group programs held at the ARVO Annual Meeting are open to ARVO members and nonmembers. All attendees must register and pay the registration fee for the ARVO Annual Meeting in order to participate in group activities.
- You must be a member of ARVO to join a Cross-sectional Group listserv. First, access your member profile page and select the group(s) you wish to join. Your name will automatically be added to each selected Cross-sectional Group listserv.