Recognizing and overcoming bias


Free webinar: September 14 | 4 - 5pm ET
Audience: Basic and clinical researchers who would like to explore the professional and personal biases that are faced globally in the scientific and clinical arena.

Biases are a common global phenomenon that influence decision making. The aim of this workshop is to understand strategies for circumventing the biases that are faced in the scientific world and how mentorship could help resolve these issues. The focus will include overcoming biases in review, hiring, promotions, professional interactions, implicit bias and mentorship relationships.

Attendees of this webinar will learn how to:

  • Understand the global challenges in review, hiring, promotions, professional interactions,implicit bias and mentorship relationships
  • Overview of how mentorship can assist with the challenges of bias.
  • Learn how to more effectively manage professional and personal biases.

This webinar is hosted by the ARVO Diversity Initiatives Committee (DIC) and  Global Members Committee (GMC). A Certificate of attendance will be available to attendees upon request (email

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Organizers & Moderators 


Maria Cabrera-AguasMaria Cabrera Aguas, PhD
 Discipline of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Save Sight Institute, The University of Sydney (Sydney, Australia)


Ester SalasEster Carreño, MD, PhD
Ophthalmology Department, Hospital Universitario Fundación Jiménez Díaz (Madrid, Spain)


Tasneem SharmaTasneem P. Sharma, PhD
 Department of Ophthalmology, Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute, Indiana University School of Medicine (Indianapolis, IN United States)



Introduction and self reflection/introspection into own implicit biases

Dolly PadovaniDolly Ann Padovani-Claudio, MD, PhD
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Vanderbilt School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN, United States)


Navigating Gender/New Investigator Bias

Michelle CalleganMichelle Callegan, PhD
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (Tulsa, OK, United States)


Recognizing and tackling implicit bias

Patricia D'AmorePatricia A. D'Amore, PhD, MBA
Department of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA, United States)

Sponsorship: Points To Consider

Terri L. YoungTerri. L Young, MD, MBA
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI, United States)