Commercial Relationships Committee

Commercial Relationships Committee


The Commercial Relationships Committee (CRC) monitors the status of commercial relationships of ARVO members who contribute to the Annual Meeting and publications.


  • Reviews ARVO's Commercial Relationships Policy and recommends changes. Monitors the use of the codes in abstracts accepted by ARVO and in articles accepted by IOVS.
  • Sponsors Annual Meeting workshops and develops informational materials to teach members about commercial opportunities for collaboration, funding, financial arrangements, patent licensing, etc.
  • Suggests new ways that ARVO can collaborate with industry for the benefit of its members.
  • Reports 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.



Susan C. Orr, OD

Section: Retina
Notal Vision
Chantilly , Va.
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/04/2021


Steven F. Abcouwer, PhD

Section: Immunology and Microbiology
University of Michigan Kellog Eye Center
Ann Arbor , Mich.
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/07/2020


Margot L. Goodkin, MD, PhD

Section: Glaucoma
Laguna Beach , Calif.
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/07/2020


Poonam Mudgil, PhD

Section: Cornea
Western Sydney University
Penrith, New South Wales , Australia
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/06/2021

Manbir Nagra, MCOptom, PhD

Section: Anatomy and Pathology
City University London
London, England , United Kingdom
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/06/2021


Derek Nankivil, PhD

Section: Visual Psychophysics and Physiological Optics
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc.
Jacksonville , Fla.
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/07/2020


Aakalu Vinay, MD, MPH

Section: Eye Movements/Strabismus/Amblyopia/Neuro Ophthalmology
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago , Ill.
Term: 05/02/2019 - 05/05/2022


Vladimir Bantseev, PhD, FAAO

Section: Physiology/Pharmacology
Genentech Inc., a member of the Roche Group
San Francisco , Calif.
Term: 05/02/2019 - 05/05/2022


Victor Chong, MD

Section: Retina
Boehringer Ingelheim International GmBH
Ingleheim , Germany
Term: 05/02/2019 - 05/05/2022

Trustee Liaison

Stephen C. Pflugfelder, MD, FARVO

Section: Cornea
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston , Texas
Term: 05/05/2016 - 05/06/2021

Ex Officio

Steven J. Fliesler, PhD, FARVO

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
SUNY-Buffalo / VA Medical Center - Buffalo
Buffalo , N.Y.
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/07/2020

Ex Officio

W. Daniel Stamer, PhD, FARVO

Section: Physiology and Pharmacology
Duke University
Durham , N.C.
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/07/2020

Ex Officio

Justine R. Smith, FRANZCO, PhD, FARVO

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

Ex Officio

Iris M. Rush, CAE

Executive Director

Jason Spessard