Italian Chapter Affiliate




Italian Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (IT-ARVO)


Established in March 2011 in Catania, Italy, with the goal of promoting regional education programs and networking with other ARVO chapter affiliates. IT-ARVO became an international chapter affiliate in April 2011.


To foster communication between eye researchers and to promote vision science in Italy.


Membership is open to individuals around the globe who are interested in eye and vision research in Italy. There are no membership dues to join.

2022 – 2023 activities
  • Access to Italian research network focused on ophthalmology, ocular pharmacology and vision research
  • Nov. 21, 2022: Plenary lecture – Extracellular ATP and purinergic receptors: A novel, and yet ancient, pro-inflammatory pathway
  • Travel grant opportunities for young investigators to attend the ARVO Annual Meeting: April 23 - 27, 2023
  • Oct. 31, 2023: Plenary lecture – The long and winding road: Impact of mevalonate pathway defects on retinal structure and function
  • IT-ARVO President: Filippo Drago, MD, PhD, FARVO
  • IT-ARVO Vice-President: Teresio Avitabile
  • IT-ARVO Treasurer/Secretary: Claudio Bucolo, PhD