ARVO is the largest and most respected eye and vision research organization in the world. Our members include nearly 12,000 researchers from over 75 countries.
ARVO advances research worldwide into understanding the visual system and preventing, treating and curing its disorders.
The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc. (ARVO) was founded in 1928 in Washington, DC by a group of 73 ophthalmologists. ARVO was originally named the Association for Research in Ophthalmology (ARO), but the word "vision" was added in 1970 to better reflect the scientific profile of our members.
The Association's membership today numbers about 12,000 and continues to grow. Some 45% of members reside in over 75 countries outside the U.S. The membership is multidisciplinary and consists of both clinical and basic researchers. About 29% are MDs, 27% are PhDs, and 35% are optometrists, osteopaths and veterinarians.
In 2001 the ARVO Board of Trustees established the ARVO Foundation for Eye Research to assure a stable support mechanism for a broad array of educational initiatives designed to enhance the conduct and dissemination of eye research. Complementary to ARVO's mission, ARVO Foundation exists to provide ongoing support for innovative and novel vision research, particularly work with translational impact that fosters collaboration between clinicians and basic scientists.
ARVO is governed by a Board of Trustees, who are elected from candidates put forth by the 13 Scientific Sections:
- Anatomy and Pathology/Oncology
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Clinical and Epidemiologic Research
- Eye Movements, Strabismus, Amblyopia and Neuro-ophthalmology
- Immunology and Microbiology
- Physiology and Pharmacology
- Retinal Cell Biology
- Visual Neuroscience
- Visual Psychophysics and Physiological Optics
Benefits of membership
- Eligible to submit abstract and present research at ARVO Annual Meeting
- Access to online Membership Directory
- Online subscription to Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (IOVS)
- Student and Emeritus members may subscribe at reduced rate
- Online access to the Journal of Vision (JOV) and Translational Vision Science and Technology (TVST)
- Semi-annual ARVONews (member newsletter)
- Bi-weekly ARVO Insight (e-newsletter)
- Advocacy and representation on funding and regulatory legislation
- Discounts on other scientific journals
- Inclusion in a member-only online networking community