March Eye-Mail® Monthly - Academy 2017 Chicago Program Announced


March 2017

In This Issue...

 

Academy 2017 Chicago Program Announced

 

The National Eye Institute 3-D Retina Organoid Challenge

 

American Academy of Optometry Foundation News

 

Reminder: Online Library Member Benefit

 

Spring 2017 Newsletter Now Available

 

Upcoming Deadlines for Academy 2017 Chicago

 


OVS Highlight

The March issue of Optometry and Vision Science (OVS) features the following article 

Scotoma Visibility and Reading Rate with Bilateral Central Scotomas 

Access OVS by visitingwww.aaopt.org and logging in and selecting "OVS online" from your account drop-down menu.




Save the Date!
October 11-14, 2017
Registration opens 
April 24, 2017

 

ACADEMY 2017 CHICAGO PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

The American Academy of Optometry is pleased to announce highlights of the educational program for Academy 2017 Chicago, taking place October 11-14, 2017 at McCormick Place.

 

OUTSTANDING PLENARY PLANNED
This year at 10 AM - 12 Noon on Wednesday, October 11, be sure to attend the Plenary Session, "Today's Research, Tomorrow's Practice®: The Eye as a Mirror of the Brain," where leading researchers will present their thinking on the role of the retina in brain diseases such as Parkinson's Alzheimer's, and multiple sclerosis. Speakers will include Dr. Robert Sergott of the Wills Eye Hospital, Dr. Christopher Hudson from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, and Dr. Marina Bedny of John Hopkins University

OTHER EDUCATION HIGHLIGHTS
The Monroe J. Hirsch Symposium, “Precision Medicine and the Future of Eye Care,” will be held on Thursday, October 12 from 8 AM to 10 AM. How would treatment change if doctors had better, more specific information about an individual patient's risk for disease? A new program of the National Institutes of Health, entitled the Precision Medicine Initiative, will enroll one million volunteers beginning in 2017 and is intended to fundamentally change our approach to patient care. The Hirsch symposium will explore the developments that have led to this initiative and what it may mean for the future treatment and prevention of eye disease. 

In addition, more than 270 hours of lectures and workshops have been scheduled, offering attendees up to 33 hours of CE. Attendees can also choose to attend hundreds of Scientific Program papers and posters, as well as several exciting social events. Registration and housing open on Monday, April 24, 2017! More detailed meeting information will be available soon.

THE NATIONAL EYE INSTITUTE 3-D RETINA ORGANOID CHALLENGE

The National Eye Institute is sponsoring a challenge to spur development of a robust 3-D retina organoid system for modeling retina diseases and testing new therapies. The goal of this challenge is to galvanize cross-discipline collaborations to encourage transformational advances that will result in meaningful therapies. The NEI hopes to converge efforts across fields to eliminate limitations in current organoid protocols and accelerate development of a model that recapitulates human tissue. 

 

The winner will receive up to $1 million dollars in prizes, access to diverse research expertise and collaboration opportunities, recognition within and outside the research community as well as exposure to industry partners. 

Register for an informational webinar discussing state of the science and challenge goals, structure, and timeline on March 29, 12-1 PM ET.
 

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPTOMETRY FOUNDATION NEWS
2016 American Optometric Foundation Annual Report Now Available

We are pleased to announce you can now download the 2017 American Academy of Optometry Foundation annual report (PDF). To support optometric research and education, donate to the American Academy of Optometry Foundation.
 
REMINDER: ONLINE LIBRARY MEMBER BENEFIT
As a member of the Academy, you have access to an online library of academic journals through the Academy website, in addition to Optometry and Vision Science, including:

•    Canadian Journal of Optometry
•    Optometry and Vision Development
•    Optometry & Visual Performance
•    Journal of Behavioral Optometry
•    Journal of Vision
•    Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science

Visit www.aaopt.org and log-in. You will see "Online Journal Library" on your personal profile menu.
 
SPRING 2017 NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE

 
The American Academy of Optometry is pleased to announce that the Spring 2017 Newsletter is now available for download here.

UPCOMING DEADLINES FOR ACADEMY 2017 CHICAGO
  • Clinical candidates' application materials and first case report due by April 1, 2017 for 2017 oral exam eligibility
  • Awards Nominations due: April 1, 2017
  • Registration and housing open: April 24, 2017
  • Scientific Program submission window: May 1-31, 2017