ARVO members participate in reception and advocacy activities in Washington D.C.

ARVO members shared their research with members of Congress and their staff at the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) Emerging Vision Scientist Congressional Reception on September 27. The 21 researchers, all whom have completed their degree but have yet to receive their first R01 from the NIH, spoke about the importance of government funding to their careers.  

In its fourth year, the reception has grown to be a prominent event in the vision research community. Speakers included Michael Steinmetz, PhD, director of extramural science programs at NEI. A number of members of Congress and their staff attended the event alongside representatives from Research to Prevent Blindness, the Age-related Macular Degeneration Foundation and Foundation Fighting Blindness. The reception also recognized the 25th anniversary of AEVR.

Huang poster Steinmetz, Jorkasky podium

Assistant Professor Dimitra Skondra, MD, PhD (right), describes to Congressman Randy Hultgren (R-IL, center) and NEI Director of Extramural Science Programs Michael Steinmetz, PhD (left), her research exploring how gut bacteria may be harnassed to prevent blindness from AMD 

Research Assistant Professor Jenny Huang, OD, PhD poses in front of her poster on myopia research



NEI Director of Extramural Science Programs Michael Steinmetz, PhD, shares the podium with AEVR Executive Director James Jorkasky (right)



 EVS class of 2018

The AEVR Emerging Vision Scientist class of 2018