ARVO Annual Meeting Matching Gift Campaign

ARVO 2018 attendees raise over $34,000 to support travel awards

ARVO Annual Meeting Matching Gift Campaign

For the third year in a row, the ARVO Foundation challenged ARVO Annual Meeting attendees to invest in the future of eye research with a gift to support travel grants and awards.

ARVO 2018 attendees rose to the challenge in Honolulu! With a matching gift of $15,000 from ARVO members Joyce Tombran-Tink and Colin Barnstable providing extra incentive, ARVO 2018 attendees gave generously. In total, the ARVO Foundation raised over $34,000 at the meeting. These funds will support travel awards so trainees and other young scientists can attend the ARVO 2019 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada.

Attending the ARVO 2018 meeting were 17 young scientists who benefitted from the generosity of funds raised at the previous year's meeting in Baltimore, Md. with a matching gift from Nicolas and Haydee Bazan. Travel awards included 16 travel grants and one Developing Country Eye Researcher Travel Fellows:

2018 recipients of the ARVO Foundation Travel Grants2018 ARVO Foundation Travel Grant recipients
Funded by donations received at ARVO 2017

Gabriela Acosta Suarez
Universidad Espiritu Santo
Abstract title: Evaluation of the Best Corrected Visual Acuity Outcome in Patients Undergoing Phacoemulcification vs Small Incision Cataract Surgery in older patients with cost concerns

Sandeep Aryal
University of Delaware
United States
Abstract title: Investigation of proteins interacting with the cataract-linked RNA-binding protein Celf1 in mouse lens development

Aram Asatryan
United States
Abstract title: Human Retinal Pigment Epithelial (hRPE) single cell genomics of NLRP3 inflammasome is modulated by Elovanoid (ELV32-6) and NeuroprotectinD1 (NPD1) in response to Uncompensated Oxidative Stress (UOS).

Jung-Han Choi
Chonnam National University Medical School and Hospital
Abstract title: The Efficiency of Cyclosporin A-delivery Contact Lens using Supercritical Fluid Penetration Technique in Dry Eye

Fumihito Hikage
University of Michigan
United States
Abstract title: Three-dimensional ex vivo modeling of Graves’ orbitopathy reveals a novel pathogenic role for the HIF2A-LOX pathway

Sivakumar Jeyarajan
Oakland University
United States
Abstract title: TEM analysis of αA66-80 peptide-induced protein aggregates and amyloid fibrils in human and guinea pig αA-crystallins

Yuya Komori
Doshisha University
Abstract title: Association of rs613872 and trinucleotide repeat expansion in the TCF4 gene in Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy in Germany

Silvia Mariani
Bologna University
Abstract title: In Vivo Confocal Microscopy Demonstrates Normal Sub-Basal Nerve Plexus After Direct Corneal Neurotization

Fiona McDonnell
Duke University
United States
Abstract title: Distal outflow resistance can be regulated pharmacologically

Shuntaro Ogura
Johns Hopkins University
United States
Abstract title: In vitro and ex vivo models for evaluating drugs that quiesce mast cells, models for mast cell degranulation in geographic atrophy choroid

Takeshi Oshima
Doshisha University
Abstract title: Establishment of a drug screening system for Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy

Jonathan Rodriguez
United States
Abstract title: Cultured limbal epithelial stem cells demonstrate stability after 48 hours of storage at a controlled temperature.

Masakazu Sato
Biomedical Engineering, Doshisha University
Abstract title: The role of TCF4 in the pathophysiology of Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy

Chirag Shah
Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, University of California Irvine
United States
Abstract title: Ultrastructural Changes in OCT and Refractive Differences after Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery

Kosuke Takahashi
Okayama University
Abstract title: Long-term outcomes of lamellar macular hole surgery using LHEP

Jessica Tang
Centre for Eye Research Australia, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
Abstract title: An optimised protocol for the portable electroretinogram device to probe changes in glaucoma


2018 Developing Country travel fellow Kristina Loncaric2018 Developing Country Eye Researcher Travel Fellow
Funded by donations received at ARVO 2017

Kristina Lončarić, MD
Clinical Hospital Centre Sestre Milosrdnice
Zagreb, Croatia