The 9th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Research Association in Vision and Ophthalmology (BRAVO) was held in Monte Real Convention Center in Aguas de Lindoia, a little spa town around 110 miles northeast of Sao Paulo. The meeting was part of the Federation of Brazilian Societies in Experimental Biology (FeSBE), a Brazilian scientific organization similar to the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology (FASEB).
Following the successful model of the previous year, the meeting program was shared in two distinct parts – a full-day pre-FeSBE BRAVO session devoted to research scientists and clinician scientists in the field of visual sciences and ophthalmology and a program for the general attendance of FeSBE in which BRAVO contributed with lectures of our invited international guests in specific sessions of all fields of experimental biology.
The exclusive BRAVO section was held on August 23, with Professor Henrique von Gersdorff, PhD, from the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), as the keynote speaker with a lecture on “Microcircuitry and Synaptic Transmission in the Retina.” Another international speaker, Peter Reinach, PhD, from State University of New York, presented a talk on “Potential novel drug targets to reduce corneal opacification.” More than 40 research scientists, graduate and undergraduate students and ophthalmologists from across the country attended.
Brazilian BRAVO members presented sessions on Retinal Neurobiology; Exposure to neurotoxic agents: impact upon the visual system; Visual Morphophysiology; Basic and Applied Electrophysiology in the Study of the Visual System; Exocrine Glands and Ocular Surface: Strategies for Therapeutic Modulation; and Sensory Processing in the Visual Cortex.
As part of the FeSBE meeting, which had more than 1,800 attendees, BRAVO speakers were invited to a conference on “The specialized ribbon synapses of the eye and ear” by Henrique von Gersdorff, PhD; a second conference on “Sensory systems: an overlooked target of occupational exposure,” by Professor Fabriziomaria Gobba from University of Modena Reggio Emilia, Italy; a conference on “Identification of activity of post-receptoral visual pathways in the ERG” by Professor Jan Kremers, from University of Nuremberg, Germany, and a conference on “Signaling pathways that modulate inflammation and cornea epithelial cell proliferation” by Peter Reinach, PhD, from SUNY. A special session was held for the BRAVO/Allergan awards in which eight pre-selected abstracts among the 25 submitted were platform presented to a selection board. Three of them were selected to receive a travel award of US$1,000 after submission and acceptance of their respective abstracts to the 2013 ARVO Annual Meeting. With the support of Allergan Laboratories of Brazil since 2003, these awards had been an encouragement for young scientists to submit and attend ARVO meetings, as well as to improve their scientific background and networking.
BRAVO 9th Annual Meeting was sponsored by a special donation from Allergan do Brasil. The detailed program of this event can be accessed at www.bravo.org.br/Noticias.html
From left: Adriana Berezovsky, PhD (BRAVO Secretary); Henrique von Gersdorff, PhD (from OSHU), Christina Joselevitch, PhD (Universidade de São Paulo), Fabriziomaria Gobba, MD, PhD (University of Modena, Italy), Jan Kremers, Ph.D (University of Nuremberg, Germany) and Solange Salomao (BRAVO President)