New Technologies, Expanded Opportunities for Collaboration, and Strategies for International Vision Research in the 2020s

Free event: Sept. 8 | 9 - 10:30am ET
National Eye Institute (NEI) Affiliate Workshop Webinar

New opportunities for addressing global blindness at a much larger scale have arisen in part to the advent and application of new technologies in vision research and healthcare delivery, the formation of several large international research consortia for various eye diseases, and the creation and expansion of several large databases for eye diseases in various parts of the world. There are over 39 million people around the world who are blind and an additional 246 million are not able to see properly. Eighty percent of blindness is considered preventable, however, a comprehensive research strategy and international research collaborations between the developed and developing world need to increase. Many of the reasons for causing blindness have been researched, but in several areas of the world a coordinated strategy for basic science and health services research is required to achieve reduction of the global burden of eye diseases and implementation of research findings.

By attending this webinar, scientists and clinicians will be introduced to:

    • New technologies and expanded research opportunities available to a large group of investigators
    • New research databases for various eye diseases
    • Strategies for international vision research collaboration at the global level 

This webinar is provided at no charge and hosted by ARVO and the National Eye Institute (NEI). A Certificate of Attendance will be available to all attendees.

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Santa TumminiaInnovative Strategies and International Collaborations to Treat Eye Diseases
Santa J. Tumminia, PhD
Deputy Director, National Eye Institute
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

Radhika KrishnanInnovative Technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI)  in Vision Healthcare Services Research
Dr. Radhika Krishnan
Consultant, Aditya Jyot Foundation
Twinkling Little Eyes, Mumbai, India 

Gyan PrakashParticipation of Large and Unique Patient Populations in Vision Research through Global Eye Genetics Consortium (GEGC)
Gyan 'John' Prakash, MSc, MS, PhD, MBA, FAICO
Director, Office of International Program Activities (OIPA), National Eye Institute
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

Takeshi IwataInternational Research Consortium to Elucidate Molecular Mechanisms of Genetic Eye Disease
Takeshi Iwata, PhD
Director, Division of Molecular and Cellular Biology, National Institute of Sensory Organs
National Hospital Organization Tokyo Medical Center, Japan

Raj RamesarInherited Retinal Degenerative Disorders on the African Continent and Opportunities for Research Collaborations
Raj Ramesar, PhD
Professor and Head, Division of Human Genetics
University of Cape Town, South Africa  

Juliana SallumPatient Populations and Opportunities for Genetic Eye Research in South America
Juliana Maria Ferraz Sallum, MD, PhD
Instituto Genetica Ocular
Affiliate Professor of Ophthalmology
Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil