Sunday, May 7, 1:30 – 3pm
How to write and publish a high impact vision research article: The dos and don'ts
Organized by: Publications and Members-in-Training Committees
Speakers: Jeffrey Boatright, Tailoi Chan-Ling, Anne Coleman, Steven Fliesler
The ongoing growth in academic publishing puts tremendous pressure on scientists to publish high quality research. This workshop will discuss the dos and don’ts of scientific publishing in the current scenario. First, the basics of writing a scientific paper will be outlined. With recent surge in ‘big data’ related research, statistical analysis has assumed an almost independent stature in scientific paper writing. The second presentation will discuss striking a balance between too much and too little statistics in publications. The third speaker will provide tips on presentation of data in ‘easy to follow’ figures and tables. The workshop will then conclude with a special topic on publication cost and selection of appropriate journals for both early-career and experienced researchers.
Pizza with the experts
Organized by: Members-in-Training Committee
Advance registration required. Trainees, students and junior faculty will benefit from this unique opportunity to network and gain valuable information from those who have been in your shoes! This very popular program offers informal discussions over a pizza lunch on a wide range of topics to provide personal guidance, insight and skills to help you advance your career! Topics will focus on professional development, career guidance, and best practices of interest to basic and clinical trainees and clinician-scientists. A number of the roundtable topics will be specifically tailored to the needs of clinician-scientists.
EVER/ARVO workshop: Update on mitochondrial optic neuropathies
Organized by: Aki Kawasaki, the European Association for Eye and Vision Research (EVER)
Speakers: Valerio Carelli, John Guy, Alfredo Sadun, Patrick Yu Wai Man
Primary mitochondrial optic neuropathies, including those caused by mutation in mitochondrial DNA (Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy) and OPA1 mutations (causing Autosomal Dominant Optic Atrophy: ADOA) are a group of blinding genetic disorders in which optic atrophy secondary to loss of retinal ganglion cells is a key clinical feature. Recent trials of therapeutic interventions have, for the first time, shown hope for the treatment for this group of patients. At this exciting time, this workshop will focus on disease mechanisms and how they may reveal new potential avenues towards therapy and will summarize the completed and current ongoing trials and preliminary results.
NIH-CSR workshop on the peer review of grant applications
Organized by: Center for Scientific Review, NIH
Sponsored by the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this workshop is designed to inform grant applicants about the NIH peer review process and also provide information about the study sections that review visual system grant applications. Scientific Review Officers (SROs) from CSR will be present for the presentation and to answer any questions.
Addressing Global Blindness and Eye Diseases Through Research Collaborations
Organizerd by: Hugh Taylor, Gyan "John" Prakash
Speakers: Janey Wiggs, G. Nag Rao, Peng Khaw, Richard Lee, Takeshi Iwata, Emily Chew, Tien Wong, Paul Courtright, Rubens Belfort, Jr.
As much as 90 percent of the global burden of eye disease is shouldered by developing countries, where many treatable diseases often go undiagnosed. About 39 million people around the world are blind and a further 246 million are not able to see properly, according to the WHO. 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 the eye diseases and implementation of research findings. The ARVO session will address several current challenges, strategies, and a few research collaborative studies related to eye diseases. The ARVO session will stimulate discussion to address the current issues and challenges in global health and vision research with the opinion leaders on global health research.
Monday, May 8, 1 – 2:30pm
A global perspective on diversity: Challenges and opportunity
Organized by: Diversity Initiatives Committee
Speakers: Nicholas Bazan, Eve Higginbotham, Shahina Pardhan, Justine Smith
The Diversity Initiatives Committee works to promote diversity within ARVO. This workshop will focus on under-represented minority/women in leadership position in the world (USA, Europe, Asia, etc.). Five speakers will represent diversity within the ARVO membership.
Novel models and trends for accelerating applied ophthalmic product discovery and development
Organized by: Commercial Relationships Committee
Speakers: Karen Bonstein, Shelley Boyd, Annie Folkard, Peter McDonnell, Naveed Shams, Andrew Skilton, Patricia Zilliox
This workshop will describe and discuss recent trends and collaboration models that facilitate and/or expedite advancement of technology from the benchtop to the patient. Speakers will share their experience with innovative collaborations and provide a critical assessment of the pros and cons based on personal experience. Presentations will focus on industry/academic collaborations, private foundations and patient advocacy and will be followed by a panel addressing questions from the audience. This workshop will build on last year's workshop: Starting a company to develop a product: Funding choices and challenges for the ophthalmic startup.
NEI extramural roundtable: Meet NEI extramural staff and learn about the latest updates on the extramural grant programs, policies, and initiatives
Organized by: NEI Division of Extramural Research, NIH Grants
Speakers: Grace L. Shen, Michael A. Steinmetz
This workshop is organized by the NEI Division of Extramural Research (DER) staff as an interactive outreach format, to provide the community with the latest updates on the research programs, new initiatives, and changes in policies that will impact funding. Currently funded investigators and new applicants will have the opportunity to query NEI staff regarding future directions in vision research and meet the DER staff to learn about the NIH grants submission, review, and funding processes. The session will include a brief presentation on new policies and procedures, frequently asked questions, followed by breakout groups for questions and discussion with NEI Extramural Science Programs, Extramural Activities and Grants Management staff. Attendees will be able to move among tables.
China-ARVO networking forum
Organizers: David R. Hinton, Shikun He, Ningli Wang
Speakers: Youxin Chen, Emily Chew, Sarah Hamm-Alvarez, Wei Li, Xiaohua Li, Ningli Wang, Zhengqin Yin
This is the 12th Annual China–ARVO Networking Forum. The workshop provides a platform for vision researchers from China, the USA and other countries to interact, discuss and exchange knowledge in the field of vision research and ophthalmology and to promote collaboration among the scientists. Speakers include leading ophthalmic researchers from China and the USA. Topics will align with the 2017 ARVO “Global Connections in Vision Research” theme that will show the advanced researches in major blindness eye diseases.
Limited Box Lunches generously sponsored by Shenyang Sinqi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd
Tuesday, May 9, 1 – 2:30pm
How to discuss your animal research work with non-scientists
Organized by: Advocacy and Outreach and Animals in Research Committees
Speakers: Jean Bennett, Anne Deschamps, Dave Lewis, Patsy Nishina
Communicating the importance of our vision research to the wider community is vital for science research advocacy. However, many of us use animals in our research and are nervous to discuss that aspect of our work. Learn how to confidently speak about your work that involves animals and explain why you need to use animals to your family, friends and the public. We will cover the challenges of doing animal research, a history of how animal research has evolved in the past 50 years in terms of ethical protections, regulation, minimization of pain and suffering, common threads of misinformation about animal research and the benefits of animal research worldwide including in US, UK, EU, China, India and South Africa.
Clinician-scientist forum: How to become a successful clinician-scientist
Organized by: Members-in-Training Committee
Speakers: Neeraj Agarwal, Harminder Dua, Justis Ehlers, Randy Kardon, Pradeep Ramulu, Paul A. Sieving
Internationally renowned clinician-scientists at various stages in their careers will share their experiences and provide valuable advice on how to become a successful clinician-scientist. An NEI extramural representative will be available to discuss clinician-scientist specific funding mechanisms.
VSS at ARVO
Functional Brain Imaging in Development and Disorder
Organized by: Vision Sciences Society (VSS)
Speakers: Geoffrey K. Aguirre, Janette Atkinson, Tessa M. Dekker, Deborah Giaschi
This workshop will feature four talks that apply functional brain imaging to the study of both visual development and visual disorders. Functional brain imaging, primarily fMRI, enables non-invasive and quantitative assessment of neutral function in the human brain. The four talks will cover topics that include the reorganization of visual cortex in blindness, studies of cortical response in children with amblyopia, the normal development of population receptive fields in visual cortex, and the effect of early cortical damage on visual development.
Chinese Ophthalmological Society Workshop
Organized by: Chinese Ophthalmological Society
Wednesday, May 10, 7 – 8:30am
Breakfast with the experts
Organized by: Members-in-Training Committee
Advance registration required. Trainees, students and junior faculty will benefit from this unique opportunity to network and gain valuable information from those who have been in your shoes! This very popular program offers informal discussions over breakfast on a wide range of topics to provide personal guidance, insight and skills to help you advance your career! Topics will focus on professional development, career guidance, and best practices of interest to basic and clinical trainees and clinician-scientists. A number of the roundtable topics will be specifically tailored to the needs of clinician-scientists.
Wednesday, May 10, 1 – 2:30pm
Vulnerable populations in medical research: Ethical dilemmas and practical approaches
Organized by: Ethics and Regulations in Human Research Committee
Speakers: Barbara Karp, Tamir Moritz, Terri L. Young
The ability to give informed consent is a fundamental part of a person’s decision to participate in research. However, some individuals may not have the capacity to make an informed, independent decision about participation. These individuals are often referred to as vulnerable, as they are at greater risk of being exploited or unfairly taken advantage of in the research setting. Some examples of vulnerable populations include children, military personnel, prisoners, pregnant women, and persons with diminished cognitive capacity. According to U.S. federal regulations, additional safeguards must be included in IRB protocols to protect the rights and welfare of vulnerable populations. This workshop will gather leading experts from university and military research settings and governmental agencies to provide critical discussions on some of the ethical issues inherent in identifying and working with vulnerable subjects. Completion of this workshop will facilitate knowledge on the nature of vulnerable subject populations, ethical issues to be considered, and how these issues can be addressed.
But I'm not from the US or EU! - international funding opportunities
Organized by: Global Members Committee
Speakers: Dorairajan Balasubramanian, Paul Sheehy, Michael A. Steinmetz, Mary Kavanagh, Daniel Rathbun
This will be an informational session demystifying the funding opportunities available to ARVO members who live and conduct their research outside of the EU and the US. The workshop will educate attendees about funding that can be used in the applicant’s home country. (It will not focus on funding supporting immigration to or from these locations which is a complete topic unto itself.)
Idea to patents: Project to company
Organized by: Commercial Relationships and Members-in-Training Committees
Speakers: Rafal Farjo, Karen Torrejon, Susan Orr
This workshop will provide attendees with knowledge on: 1) What are the skill sets you need to identify you have an idea that fulfills a medical need and can be patented, 2) How do you go about acquiring the skill set needed to learn and identify what is needed to move our idea forward, 3) How to proceed with developing IP that a) fulfills an unmet need, b) can lead to the development of a company and c) that can be in licensed by a commercial company, 4) Who can help you learn what “you as the researcher/ developer” need to do and where to go for help, and 5) How to know if it is what YOU want: to step out of the lab and research and start a company.
Grant writing tips for pre- and post-doctoral fellows: The nuts and bolts
Organized by: Members-in-Training Committees
Speakers: Neeraj Agarwal, Kimberly Brothers, Matthew Smith, Wallace Thoreson
This workshop is designed to inform pre- and post-doctoral fellows of the key components that make NIH F31, F32, and K awards appealing. Individuals who have successfully obtained awards will discuss their strategy in the development of the application. The workshop will also be useful for faculty mentors of candidates, especially as it relates to training for the F awards. While the workshop is focused on US grant applications, non-US trainees will find the information useful for general "grantsmanship."