Members in Training Committee

Committee Composition

The Members-In-Training Committee (MIT) consists of regular ARVO members as well as "Members-In-Training" (pre- and post- doc students, fellows, and residents).

Committee Description

The MIT monitors the issues facing members-in-training and recommends ways for ARVO to respond. Our goals are to enhance the experience of MIT's at ARVO and to help provide avenues for them to learn about ways in which they can build successful careers in ophthalmology and vision research.

Committee Activities

  • Increases organizational sensitivity to the concerns and needs of members-in-training.
  • Sponsors workshops, forums and organizes events at the Annual Meeting that promote peer interaction and encourage full Meeting participation. Additional events are also organized at other scientific meetings as appropriate.
  • Serves as a clearinghouse for information on opportunities, programs, and resources specifically aimed at members-in-training.
  • Identifies possible mentors and role models for students in addition to those encountered in the regular course of their training.
  • Reports to the Board of Trustees at its regular meetings.

Committee Meetings

The Committee meets during the ARVO Annual Meeting and conducts business via ARVOConnect, by email and if needed by conference call during the year.

Members in Training Committee

Chair

Esther M Bowie, MD

Retina
Penn State Hershey Medical Center
State College , Penn
Term: 2017 - 2019

Member

Pouya Alaghband, MD

Glaucoma
St. Thomas' Hospital
Nashville , Tenn
Term: 2017 - 2020

Member

Joao Barbosa-Breda, MD, PhDc

Glaucoma
Centro Hospitalar São João, Porto
Porto , Portugal
Term: 2016 - 2019

Member

Richard J Blanch, BScMBChB (Hons), PhD

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
University of Birmingham
Birmingham , Alabama
Term: 2014 - 2018

Member

Daniel J Carr, PhD

Immunology & Microbiology
Univ of Oklahoma Hlth Sci Ctr
Oklahoma City , Oklahoma
Term: 2015 - 2018

Member

Jennifer R Chao, MD, PhD

Retina
University of Washington
Seattle , Wash
Term: 2016 - 2019

Member

Michael H Elliott, PhD

Retinal Cell Biology
OUHSC
Oklahoma City , Oklahoma

Member

Rafal Farjo, PhD

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
EyeCRO
Oklahoma City , Oklahoma
Term: 2015 - 2018

Member

Sandra S Hammer, PhD

Retinal Cell Biology
Michigan State University
East Lansing , Michigan
Term: 2017 - 2020

Member

Amra Nadarevic Vodencarevic, MD

Clinical & Epidemiologic Research
University of Tuzla
Tuzla , Bosnia and Herzegovina
Term: 2016 - 2019

Member

Natasha V Nayak, MD

Glaucoma
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary
New York , NY
Term: 2014 - 2018

Member

Frances J Rucker, PhD MCOptom

Visual Psychophysics & Physiological Optics
New England Coll of Optometry
Boston , Mass
Term: 2016 - 2019

Member

Mehrnoosh Saghizadeh, PhD

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles , Calif
Term: 2017 - 2020

Member

Gail Seigel, PhD, FARVO

Retinal Cell Biology
University at Buffalo
Buffalo , NY
Term: 2016 - 2019

Member

Arthur H Shedden, Jr

Physiology/Pharmacology
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc
Jacksonville , Florida
Term: 2015 - 2018

Member

Eszter Szalai, MD, PhD

Anatomy & Pathology
University of Debrecen, Medical Health and Science
Debrecen , Hungary
Term: 2017 - 2020

Member

Jorge E Valdez, MA, MD

Cornea
Tecnologico de Monterrey Sch of Med
Monterrey , Mexico
Term: 2016 - 2019

Member

Barbara M Wirostko, MD

Glaucoma
University of Utah
Salt Lake City , Utah
Term: 2015 - 2018

Member

Wenlin Zhang, MD, PhD

Physiology/Pharmacology
Jules Stein Eye Institute
Los Angeles , Calif
Term: 2017 - 2020

MIT Board of Trustees Liaison

Philip Ruzycki, PhD

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis , Missouri
Term: 2016 - 2017

Ex Officio

Claude F Burgoyne, MD FARVO

Section: Glaucoma
Devers Eye Institute
Term: 05/05/2016 - 05/02/2019

Ex Officio

Emily Y Chew, MD FARVO

Section: Clinical & Epidemiologic Research
National Eye Inst/NIH
Term: 05/07/2015 - 05/03/2018

Ex Officio

Steven J Fliesler, PhD FARVO

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
SUNY-Buffalo / VA Med Ctr-Buffalo
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/07/2020

Ex Officio

Justine R Smith, FRANZCO, PhD, FARVO

Section: Immunology & Microbiology
Flinders University
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/05/2022

Ex Officio Executive Director

Iris M Rush, CAE

Section: Anatomy & Pathology
ARVO

Trustee Liaison

Maureen A McCall, PhD

Visual Neuroscience
University of Louisville
Louisville , Kentucky
Term: 2017 - 2022

Staff Committee Liaison

Gayle Claman, CAE

ARVO