ARVO Insight - February 1, 2013
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Take the survey: ARVO's future depends on it

Complete the questionnaire and apply to serve on a working group to continue developing the ARVO strategic plan for 2013 and beyond.
Deadline: Feb. 8

The Board of Trustees and other ARVO leaders have been working to plan for the future, to help ensure that ARVO stays relevant to the vision community and gives members what they need. Last summer, many members completed a survey to help with this strategic planning process. Based on responses to this survey, member interviews and other feedback, the Board and Strategic Planning Group have developed a draft plan for 2013 and beyond.

Once again we need your input. Can you please take a few minutes to read through the draft plan and provide comments? The Draft Strategic Plan Survey will be open through Feb. 8. As part of the survey, you can indicate that you are interested in applying to serve on a working group to further develop the plan.

To learn more about the survey and the strategic planning process, read the article by Mark Petrash, PhD, FARVO, who is leading this initiative.



Calkins receives $150,000 RPB grant

David Calkins, PhD, FARVO, of the Vanderbilt Eye Institute is the recipient of the Research to Prevent Blindness Senior Scientific Investigator Award.

David Calkins, PhD, FARVO, vice chair and director of research for Vanderbilt Eye Institute, was recently awarded a $150,000 Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Senior Scientific Investigator Award.

The award will assist Calkins in his efforts to develop new studies of self-repair mechanisms in diseases that impact the central nervous system. His investigation will focus on how neural pathways fight back against diseases like Alzheimer’s and glaucoma.

RPB Senior Scientific Investigator Awards support nationally recognized senior scientists conducting eye research at medical institutions in the U.S. Since the award was established in 1987, Calkins, the Denis M. O’Day Professor of Ophthalmology of Visual Sciences, is one of 184 scientists at 59 institutions to receive this highly sought-after, flexible research grant.

BRAVO to hold symposium on myopia

The Brazil Research Association in Vision and Ophthalmology also welcomes Dania E. Hamassaki, PhD, as its newly-elected president.

The Brazilian Research Association in Vision and Ophthalmology (BRAVO) will present a symposium on myopia during the upcoming SIMASP 2013 meeting, to be held in Maksoud Plaza Hotel in São Paulo on March 7 – 10. Terri L. Young, MD, FARVO, from Duke University will be the guest of honor.

BRAVO recently elected its new board of directors. ARVO member Dania E. Hamassaki, PhD, will begin her term May 1, 2013 and complete her term of service on April 30, 2016

CVR sponsors Interactions in Vision conference

The Centre for Vision Research conference will spotlight ARVO members Hugh Wilson and Marty Steinbach.

The research careers of Hugh Wilson, PhD and Marty Steinbach, PhD, FARVO, will be celebrated at the Interactions in Vision Centre for Vision Research Conference at York University in Toronto, Canada, June 26 – 28, 2013 .

Thursday, June 27 ("Hugh's Day") will focus on the following two sessions:

  • Session 1: Shape perception; interactions between cues  
  • Session 2: Stereo and Binocular Rivalry; interactions and inhibition between the eyes

Friday, June 28 ("Marty's Day") will include the following two sessions:

  • Session 3: Proprioception and eye position; interactions in determining eye position
  • Session 4: Macular degeneration; interactions between basic science and clinical practice

Learn more about the conference program and speakers.

U.K. implements new directive on protection of animals

Other European states get new format to submit required information.

European member states were due to implement a new directive (2010/63/EU) on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes beginning Jan. 1, 2013. The National Association for Biomedical Research reported that only the U.K. has taken a formal action to implement the directive. The U.K.'s Home Office has produced a Quick start Guide to the requirements of the amended Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act. The ASPA Transitional Guidance that explains the changes made to the new European directive is also available.

The authorities in each of the other European member states have been identified, along with a new system and common format for submitting information that is required by the directive. The new system will "allow the [European] Commission to assess effectiveness of the implementation of the legislation and help ensure consistency in its application." The first data under the new reporting format will be collected beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

Webinar identifies top 10 noncompliant items

The National Association for Biomedical Research offers members-only webinar on most cited NCIs and how to avoid them.

The National Association for Biomedical Research's first webinar of 2013, "The USDA Inspection Process: The Top 10 Most Cited NCIs and How to Prevent Them," is now available online for NABR members only. Copies of slides presented during the webinar are also available on the site.

NABR states: During FY 2012, the top 10noncompliant items made up more than 40% of all USDA citations and almost 65% of these citations were related to the function of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees. Learn more.

Calling all nominations for AMPC and Board of Trustees

The Annual Meeting Program Committee is seeking nominees from all sections and Cross-sectional Groups. Also, the Board is seeking nominations for IM, RC, and VI Section Trustees.
Deadline: Feb. 11

Who would you like to see as your next representative on the ARVO Board of Trustees? The IM, RC and VI Sections are seeking nominees to serve a five-year term as a Trustee. The Board meets three times each year. Ideal candidates are regular, sustaining and life members who:

  • have previous service on ARVO committees 
  • and/or served on editorial boards 
  • and/or committee/board experience with other organizations 
  • are enthusiastically interested in shaping ARVO's future 
  • have paid their ARVO membership dues by Feb. 1, 2013

Women and members outside the U.S. are strongly encouraged to apply. Self-nominations will also be accepted.

Complete nominations online before the Feb. 11, 2013 deadline.

Call for nominations: Annual Meeting Program Committee
Nominations are being accepted for the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC), which works with the ARVO executive vice president to select the content for the scientific portion of the Annual Meeting. AMPC members serve a three-year term and chair their section in the final year of service. They meet face-to-face twice each year, in January and May. Learn more about the committee. 

To nominate a colleague in your section or in your Cross-sectional Group, or to self-nominate, submit an online nomination before the Feb. 11, 2013 deadline.


Call for abstracts: Imaging Conference

Submit abstracts for the 2013 ISIE Imaging Conference that will be held the day before the ARVO 2013 Annual Meeting.
Submission deadline: Feb. 24

ISIE Imaging Conference
Sheraton Seattle Hotel (adjacent to the Washington State Convention Center) 
Saturday, May 4, 2013

Submit abstracts for original research on current clinical and basic science advances in glaucoma, retina, cornea, anterior segment, orbit and neuro-imaging in ophthalmology.

Before you get started, review the Abstract Submission Tutorial and Abstract Submission Guidelines.


  • Submissions that conflict with ARVO Annual Meeting abstracts will not be accepted, including previously presented material.
  • Registration for the ARVO/ISIE Imaging Conference is separate from and in addition to the ARVO Annual Meeting.

Submit your abstract now.

On sale now: WEAVR Luncheon and Dowling Gala tickets

Reserve your spot at these popular ARVO Foundation events held during ARVO 2013 in Seattle, Wash.

Fifth Annual Women in Eye and Vision Research Luncheon
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
1 – 2:30pm
Washington State Convention Center, TCC 301/302

The WEAVR Luncheon program features a panel presentation and discussion on the topic of Fostering Women's Careers.

Featured panelists:

  • Ilene K. Gipson, PhD, FARVO
  • Lynn K. Gordon, MD, PhD
  • Jean T. Jacob, PhD
  • Martine J. Jager, MD, PhD, FARVO
  • Weilan Ye, PhD

Don’t wait. Tickets are limited.
Members, non-members and guests: $60
Members-in-Training and non-MITs: $35

Purchase tickets or tables online
 and learn more about the WEAVR Luncheon. 

ARVO Foundation and Dowling Society Gala Awards Ceremony and Dinner
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Renaissance Seattle Hotel

"Foods for Healthy Eyes"
Hosted by Gala Chair Nicolas G. Bazan, MD, PhD, FARVO


  • Carlos Belmonte, MD, FARVO
  • Joan W. Miller, MD, FARVO
  • New Dowling Society members
  • ARVO awardees

Purchase tickets or tables online and learn more about the ARVO Foundation Gala.


•  IOVS welcomes new Editorial Board members.
•  Spotlight on articles

IOVS welcomes the following new members to the Editorial Board: Natalie Afshari, Bruce Berkowitz, Balwantray Chauhan, Francois Delori, Jay Duker, Thomas Ferguson, Sandeep Jain, Ula Jurkunas, Alexander Ljubimov, Mark Rosenblatt, Daniel Stamer, Giovanni Staurenghi, Michael Stern and Stephen Tsang.

Spotlight on research
Read the Research Highlight of Description and Validation of a Test to Evaluate Sustained Silent Reading and the Research Highlight of Wnt Signaling Promotes Müller Cell Proliferation and Survival after Injury in the latest IOVS issue. 


•  Read the latest TVST article.
•  Call for papers

Read the latest article published in TVST, A Potential Application of Canaloplasty in Glaucoma Gene Therapy, by Baohe Tian and Paul L. Kaufman.

Call for papers
Submit your research to the Translational Vision Science & Technology journal. ARVO’s newest journal is an online-only, peer-reviewed journal that emphasizes multidisciplinary research that bridges the gap between basic research and clinical care. Interested authors are encouraged to submit papers online. Please reference the Online Submission Instructions and note that the use of color, multimedia, hyperlinks, program code and other digital enhancements are encouraged. Visit the TVST site for more information. 

Home to the best jobs in eye and vision research

Seeking candidates for research scientist and postdoc positions.

Visit ARVOJobs to check out recently posted positions, including the following:

Kala Pharmaceuticals
Waltham, Mass.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Schepens Eye Research Institute/Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Boston, Mass.

Vision Research Scientists
Cole Eye Institute-Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

Looking for a new position? Put your confidential resume online, set your preferences and get email notifications when jobs matching your specifications are posted. 

Searching for top candidates? Review the more than 430 resumes from qualified candidates on ARVOJobs, or post your position and watch the resumes come in!

Funding opportunities

ARVO Funding Guide: 

Young investigator student fellowships for female scholars   European Research Council grants for National Science Foundation U.S. researchers 

ARVO Funding Guide
Please send your organization's opportunities to

M+Visión Fellowship in Translational Biomedical Imaging
Deadline: February 15, 2013
This is a multidisciplinary, flexible experience sponsored by the Madrid-MIT M+Vision Consortium, focused on important problems with research projects formulated by the fellows. Fellowship begins in July 2013. See details.

Young Investigator Student Fellowship Awards for Female Scholars in Vision Research
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013
Grants will range from $3,000 – $5,000 for the summer 2013 fellowship sponsored by Prevent Blindness Ohio. Applicants must be post-baccalaureate students enrolled in a master’s or doctorate program during the summer of 2013, female citizens and permanent residents of the U.S., and conducting research with a recognized academic Ohio-based institution.
Read more.

European Research Council and National Science Foundation initiative
NSF career awardees and NSF postdoc fellows are invited to apply for single- and long-term visits to Europe to join ERC grantees. The time spent in Europe will be in addition to the duration of the fellowship (for NSF postdoctoral fellowships). Specific proposals should be made to the NSF by the eligible U.S.-based researchers starting early 2013. Get details.