NAEVR/AEVR Virtual Events

Due to COVID-19, Capitol Hill and educational events hosted by the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) are currently unable to be held in person. ARVO is happy to provide technical and platform assistance so that these activities may continue, supporting eye and vision research funding in the U.S. and globally.

  • Myopia: A Public Health Crisis

Oct. 20 (Noon - 1pm ET) Myopia, or nearsightedness, is one of several refractive errors that occur when the eye cannot clearly focus images from the outside world. Myopia affects 30 percent of the United States population and 28 percent of the world’s population and is expected to reach 50 percent by the year 2050. Studies estimate that the global impact of uncorrected myopia results in a $244 billion annual loss of productivity. Speakers Jason Compton, OD (Compton Eye Associates, New York) and Katherine Lee, MD, PhD (St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital) will address myopia clinical care and research. Register now or RSVP to Dina Beaumont.


Jason Compton, OD
Compton Eye Associates,
New York, N.Y.


Katherine Lee, MD, PhD      
St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital
Boise, Idaho



image of John Compton   image of Katherine Lee    


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  • Congressional Briefing: Latest on clinical practice and research for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) patients

Sept. 21 As part of its Seventh Annual Emerging Vision Scientists Day on Capitol Hill recognizing International AMD Awareness Week 2021 and Health Aging Month, AEVR hosted a Congressional Briefing featuring clinician-scientist Amir H. Kashani, MD, PhD, Wilmer Eye Institute/Johns Hopkins University and National Eye Institute (NEI) researcher Kapil Bharti, PhD. They addressed all aspects of AMD clinical practice and research. Matt Levine from the American Macular Degeneration Foundation and AEVR Executive Director James Jorkasky moderated a post-presentation discussion with the speakers. Watch here.


Amir H. Kashani, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins Medicine,
Wilmer Eye Institute


Kapil Bharti, PhD      
National Eye Institute


Matt Levine
American Macular Degeneration

image of Amir Kashani   image of Kapil Bharti   image of Matt Levine


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  • A Conversation: Moving beyond COVID-19 in my career pathway

Sept. 21 View AEVR's conversation with 28 early-stage vision scientists on how they have applied lessons learned from COVID-19 laboratory closures to their future research and career pathway. In addition, hear from each of the Emerging Vision Scientists (EVS) in personal videos about their breakthrough eye and vision research that addresses the question, “How will this research delay, reduce, and prevent the $717 billion annual cost of eye disease and vision impairment projected by year 2050?” Watch here.

Access this dossier book for detailed info. about each researcher (searchable by state)


(please click on each researcher's name/photo below to view their video)

Ji Won Bang, PhD
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
New Jersey
  Lea Bennett, PhD
The University of Oklahoma
  Roomasa Channa, MD
University of Wisconsin
 image of Ji Won Bang    image of Lea Bennett    image of Roomasa Channa
Xi Chen, MD, PhD
Duke University
North Carolina
  Lindsey De Lott, MD
University of Michigan
  Kimberly Gokoffski, MD, PhD
University of Southern California
 image of Xi Chen    image of Lindsey De Lott    image of Kimberly Gokoffski
Sylvia Groth, MD
Vanderbilt University
  Jarrod Harman, PhD
LSU Health Science Center
  Patrice Marie Hicks, PhD
University of Michigan
 image of Sylvia Groth    image of Jarrod Harman    image of Patrice Marie Hicks
Rachel Huckfeldt, MD, PhD
Massachussets Eye and Ear
  Archana Jalligampala, PhD
University of Louisville
  Stefan Kurtenbach, PhD
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
 image of Rachel Huckfeldt    image of Archana Jalligampala    image of Stefan Kurtenbach
Milica Margeta, MD, PhD
Massachussets Eye and Ear
  J. Patrick Mayo, PhD
University of Pittsburgh
  Mallory McLaughlin, OD
Illinois College of Optometry
 image of Milica Margeta    image of J Patrick Mayo    image of Mallory McLaughlin
Joseph Mertz, PhD
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  Ann Morrison, OD, PhD
The Ohio State University
College of Optometry
  Alex Muntz, PhD, MScOptom
University of Auckland
New Zealand
 image of Joseph Mertz    image of Ann Morrison    image of Alex Muntz
Leah Owen, MD, PhD
University of Utah
  Jennifer Patnaik, PhD
University of Colorado
  Margaret Reynolds, MD
Washington University
 image of Leah Owen    image of Jennifer Patnaik    image of Margaret Reynolds
Roksana Sadeghi, PhD
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  Daisy Shu, BOptom, BSc, PhD
Massachussets Eye and Ear
  Katelyn Swindle-Reilly, PhD
The Ohio State University
 image of Roksana Sadeghi    image of Daisy Shu    image of Katelyn Swindle-Reilly
Brian Thompson, PhD
Yale University
  Edmund Tsui, MD
UCLA Stein Eye Institute
  Kevin Willeford, OD, PhD
NOVA Southeastern University
College of Optometry
image of Brian Thompson    image of Matt LevineEdumund Tsui    image of Kevin Willeford
Thomas Wubben, MD, PhD
University of Michigan
image of Thomas Wubben        
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July 13, 2021 – In recognition of Dry Eye Awareness Month 2021, the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR), joined by the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS), hosted their sixth annual Dry Eye Congressional Briefing. The briefing consisted of an interview-style discussion led by AEVR Executive Director James Jorkasky, who is a Dry Eye Disease (DED) patient. Key leaders from TFOS’ next Global Workshop entitled “A Lifestyle Epidemic: Ocular Surface Disease,” also addressed the latest in lifestyle and environmental factors that result in Dry Eye.

This latest initiative follows TFOS’ Dry Eye Workshop II (TFOS DEWS II™) Report, released in July 2017 and published in The Ocular Surface journal. That re-examination of TFOS’ initial 2007 Report updated the definition, classification, and diagnosis of DED; critically evaluated the epidemiology, pathophysiology, mechanism and impact of the disease; addressed its management and therapy, and developed recommendations for design of clinical trials to assess therapies. Watch here.

Jennifer P. Craig, PhD, FCOptom
University of Auckland
New Zealand



David A. Sullivan, MS, PhD
TFOS Founder and
TFOS Chair, Board of Directors

  Christopher E. Starr
Weill Cornell Medicine,
New York-Presbyterian Hospital
 image of Jennifer Craig    image of David Sullivan   image of Christopher Starr


March 11, 2021 –  As part of its new Research Saving Sight, Restoring Vision Initiative, the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) held its World Glaucoma Week 2021 Congressional Briefing entitled Glaucoma: Clinical Practice and Research to Optimize Patient Outcomes on March 11. Featured speakers included clinician scientist-educators Mona Kaleem, MD and Elyse Joelle McGlumphy, MD—both from the Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine—who spoke about glaucoma and their respective clinical experiences in treating patients, as well as their research efforts to better understand and optimize the patient experience. Glaucoma Research Foundation’s patient representative Amanda Eddy, who was born with glaucoma, spoke about quality-of-life challenges presented by the disease. Watch here.

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