Advocacy and Outreach Committee

Description

Under the direction of the Board of Trustees, the Advocacy and Outreach Committee (AOC) develops and implements activities that influence research policy and funding decisions globally; increases members’ interest and ability to educate the public and policymakers about the importance of vision research; increases public awareness of ARVO and vision research; and establishes ARVO as a trusted source of information. In addition, the AOC assists ARVO in responding to scientific content of policy discussions relating to research guidelines worldwide. The Committee consists of a mix of MDs and PhDs and should also have strong international representation, including at least two Members-in-Training.

Activities

  • Works with ARVO staff to review and recommend policies impacting eye and vision research funding internationally.
  • Works with ARVO staff to respond to issues in science and vision-research related policy areas and science funding, where advice of experts is requested from legislative or regulatory offices in the U.S. and other countries.
  • Works with ARVO staff to develop initiatives and activities to support members’ capacity to educate and inform external audiences and advocate on behalf of vision research.
  • Works with ARVO staff on U.S. and international press and media activities related to science and vision research topics.
  • Reviews and selects Science Communication Training Fellowship participants
  • Reviews and selects honorees for Advocacy Awards—Achievements in Eye and Vision Advocacy Award and Emerging Advocate Award
  • Sponsors Annual Meeting workshops and reviews publications.
  • Provides a committee report to the Board of Trustees at its regular meetings.

Resources

Meetings

The Committee as a whole meets during the ARVO Annual Meeting and conducts business via ARVOConnect, e-mail and, if needed, by conference call during the year. Sub-committees meet at least once during the year via conference call or more as projects dictate. 

How to Apply - application period opens December 2020
To be considered for membership on the Committee, please submit an online application consisting of an application statement, plus detail of past ARVO service and/or experience. It is recommended that individuals:

    • Invest time in their application
    • Make sure their member information is updated and accurate in ARVOConnect

Applications will be accepted from December 2020 through January 2021. The ARVO President-elect will make appointments in February/March for the term beginning in May 2021 (additional details will be announced at a later date).

Roster

Chair

Peter Koulen
PhD, FARVO

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Fort Worth , Tex.
Term: 05/02/2019 - 05/06/2021

Chair-elect

Stephanie Watson, MBBS, FRANZCO, PhD

Section: Cornea
Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney
Sydney , Australia
Term: 05/07/2020 - 05/06/2021

Member

Van Lansingh, MD, PhD

Section: Clinical/Epidemiologic Research
Help See Me
Weston , Fl.
Term: 05/07/2020 - 04/27/2023

Member

Nicole Putnam, PhD

Section: Visual Psychophysics and Physiological Optics
Midwestern University
Phoenix , Ariz.
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/06/2021

Member

Daisy Shu, BOptom (Hons), BSc.

Section: Lens
University of Sydney
Sydney , Australia
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/06/2021

Member

Edmund Tsui, MD

Section: Immunology & Microbiology
New York University School of Medicine
New York , N.Y.
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/06/2021

Member

Ruanne Vent-Schmidt, MSc, PhD
MSc, PhD

Clinical/Epidemiologic Research
Canadian National Institute for the Blind
New Westminster , Canada
Term: 05/07/2020 - 04/27/2023

Member

Milam Brantley, MD, PhD

Section: Retina
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Brentwood , Tenn.
Term: 05/02/2019 - 05/05/2022

Member

Ludwig Heindl, MD, PhD

Section: Anatomy & Pathology/Oncology
University of Cologne
Cologne , Germany
Term: 05/02/2019 - 05/05/2022

Member

Elliott Sohn, MD

Section: Retina
University of Iowa
Iowa City , Iowa
Term: 05/02/2019 - 05/05/2022

Member

Brian Vander Beek, MD, MPH, MSCE

Section: Retina
Scheie Eye Institute University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia , Pa.
Term: 05/02/2019 - 05/05/2022

Member

Jovi Wong, MSc, DPhil

Section: Retina
University of British Columbia
Vancouver , Canada
Term: 05/02/2019 - 05/05/2022

Trustee Liaison

Andrew Taylor, PhD, FARVO

Immunology/Microbiology
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston , Mass.
Term: 05/02/2019 - 05/30/2024

Ex Officio

Stephen C. Pflugfelder, MD, FARVO

Section: Cornea
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston , Tex.
Term: 05/07/2020 - 05/06/2021

Ex Officio

W. Daniel Stamer, PhD, FARVO

Section: Pharmacology/Physiology
Duke University
Durham , N.C.
Term: 05/07/2020 - 05/06/2021

Ex Officio

Justine R. Smith, FRANZCO, PhD, FARVO

Section: Immunology and Microbiology
Flinders University
Adelaide , South Australia
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/05/2022

Ex Officio

Iris M. Rush, CAE

ARVO
Executive Director

Staff Liaison

Erin Hering