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Get to know 2023 DCERF mentee María Belén Cancela

Meet María Belén Cancela of Argentina, who attended her first ARVO Annual Meeting this year as a 2023 recipient of the ARVO Foundation's Developing Country Eye Researcher Travel Fellowship (DCERF). The DCERF Program brings early-career researchers from developing nations to the Annual Meeting, providing access to the latest in vision science while offering the opportunity to network with mentors, colleagues and thought leaders during the Meeting. The goal of the Program is for DCERF participants to in turn help build effective vision research programs in their home countries.


Belén Cancela sat down recently with ARVONews to talk about her current research on retinoblastoma, plus share highlights from her DCERF experience and her plans to incorporate lessons learned from the Program in her future career.