Animals in Research Committee



The Animals in Research Committee monitors the status of the use of animals in biomedical research and the impact upon ARVO members; provides a resource for eye and vision researchers whose work comes under scrutiny; assists the ARVO Board of Trustees with issues requiring policy decisions and educates the membership on relevant issues to increase members' awareness of the importance of animal research in understanding eye disease and visual functions.


  • Review and recommend policies affecting the use of animals in eye and vision research.
  • Sponsor Annual Meeting workshops and develops publications.
  • Represent the Association on the AAALAC Board.
  • Assist eye and vision researchers whose work comes under scrutiny.
  • Report to the Board of Trustees at its regular meetings.



The Committee meets during the ARVO Annual Meeting and conducts business via ARVOConnect, by email and if needed by conference call during the year.


How to ApplyThe 2023 applications period closed on Jan. 11, 2023

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

The ARVO President-elect will make appointments in February/March for the term beginning in May 2022 (additional details will be announced at a later date).



Neena B. Haider, PhD

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
Schepens Eye Research Institute/MEEI
Boston , Mass.
Term: 05/07/2021 - 04/27/2023


Meredith Gregory-Ksander, PhD

Section: Glaucoma
Schepens Eye Research Institute, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School
Boston , Mass.
Term: 05/07/2021 - 05/09/2024


Mei Chen, PhD

Section: Retina
Queensland University - Belfast
Belfast, Ireland , United Kingdom
Term: 05/07/2020 - 04/27/2023


Ifat Sher-Rosenthal, PhD

Section: Retina
Sheba Medical Center
Tel Hashomer , Israel
Term: 05/07/2020 - 04/27/2023


Janis Eells, PhD

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Biomedical Sciences Dept.
Milwaukee , Wisc.
Term: 05/07/2021 - 05/09/2024


Yutao Liu, MD, PhD

Section: Cornea
Augusta University - Cellular Biology and Anatomy Dept.
Augusta , Ga.
Term: 05/07/2021 - 05/09/2024


Brian Perkins, PhD

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
Cleveland Clinic - Ophthalmic Research Dept.
Cleveland , Ohio
Term: 05/07/2021 - 05/09/2024


Celine Portal, PhD

Section: Cornea
Johns Hopkins University - School of Medicine - Ophthalmology Dept.
Baltimore , Md.
Term: 05/07/2021 - 05/09/2024

Amy Lo, PhD
Section: Retina

The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Term: 05/24/2022 - 05/30/2025

Christophe Ribelayga, PhD

Section: Visual Neuroscience
University of Houston, College of Optometry
Houston , Tex.
Term: 05/24/2022 - 05/30/2025

Corey Smith, PhD

Section: Retina
Dalhousie University
Halifax , Canada
Term: 05/24/2022 - 05/30/2025

NEI Liaison, Ex Officio

Lisa A. Neuhold, PhD

National Eye Institute/NIH
Bethesda , Md.

Frank Lovicu

Section: Lens
Save Sight Institute - The University of Sydney
Sydney , Australia
Term: 05/02/2021 - 05/31/2026

Ex Officio

Maureen G. Maguire, PhD, FARVO

Section: Clinical/Epidemiologic Research
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia , Penn.
Term: 05/07/2021 - 05/09/2022

Executive Vice President

J. Mark Petrash, PhD, FARVO

Section: Lens
University of Colorado
Boulder , Colo.
Term: 05/20/2022 - 05/31/2027

Ex Officio

Iris M. Rush, CAE

Executive Director

Manager, Science Communications

Salewa Akintilo