ARVONews Fall 2016

Leaders and volunteers

Meet the new Trustees

Melinda K. Duncan, PhD, FARVO Lens Section

perception of what we all do, both to the benefit of our profession and in fostering the health and well-being of people. I think the most exciting part is the opportunity to learn more about how scientists can advocate for science with both the general public and government officials in order to build support for funding the training of young scientists and the critical research that will impact human health. Tell us about your research. I entered the field of eye research in 1993 as a postdoctoral fellow in Joram Piatigorsky’s laboratory at NEI. Initially, my research focused on the transcriptional control of crystalline gene expression and lens development. Since starting my own lab at the University of Delaware, my work has branched out from there. While I still have ongoing projects on the role of transcription factors in eye development, most of my lab works on how the extracellular matrix (ECM) and ECM receptors control lens development, cataract formation and posterior capsular opacification — the major side effect of modern cataract surgery. Irene Gottlob, MD, FARVO Eye Movements/Strabismus/Amblyopia/ Neuro-ophthalmology Section Professor of Ophthalmology, forward to most about being on the board? I am looking forward to gaining further insight into the workings of ARVO and utilizing my expertise to promote ARVO. In particular, as a liaison to the Diversity Initiatives Committee, I aim to improve and enhance the involvement of women and minorities within the organization so that more are chosen for leading positions. I plan to use my international collaborative network to increase the international participation at ARVO. From the scientific point of view, I aim to increase the visibility of EY within ARVO to encourage more research in this field and explore funding opportunities. Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour University of Leicester What do you look

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences University of Delaware What do you look forward to most about being on the Board? I am particularly looking forward to

seeing “behind the scenes” how an important and complex organization such as ARVO operates. Organizations like ARVO can make a big difference in building a positive public

Your newly elected officers

Executive Vice President-elect Justine Smith, MBBS, PhD, FARVO The EVP five-year term will begin May 2017. ARVO Journals Editors-in-chief-elect Donald Hood, PhD, FARVO Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS)

Andrew Watson, PhD, FARVO Journal of Vision (JOV)

Marco Zarbin, MD, PhD, FARVO Translational Vision Science and Technology (TVST) The EICs five-year term will begin January 2018. | ARVONews Fall 2016 | 4

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