Two faculty members, Leo Kim, MD, PhD and Jason Comander, MD, PhD, have been selected to participate in the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) Emerging Vision Scientists Program. This program allows scientists to meet with members of Congress to discuss the importance of vision research in the continuing fight to prevent blindness.
In an Attitudinal Survey of Minority Populations on Eye and Vision Health and Research conducted by Research!America, the majority of those surveyed fear blindness as the first or second worst disease or ailment to happen to them in terms of impacting their daily lives. Many also feel that eye research does not receive enough funding from the federal government. Increased research is proven to save lives and save money in the long run.
“With all the potential of vision research and the current unfavorable funding environment, it is more important than ever to advocate with the government for our patients, our scientists, and our profession. We are honored that the AEVR organization would select us to go to Washington and learn how to be better advocates for vision research," said Dr. Comander.