ARVONews Spring 2017

President’s message

With the challenges vision researchers face in this year filled with many changes, both here in the U.S. and in other countries, the ARVO Annual Meeting remains a vitally important anchoring event for all of us. As a community of vision researchers, we need to remember our strengths as a group and to remain dedicated and focused on our goals to improve the lives of people with impaired vision throughout the world. As Dr. Peter McDonnell suggested in his post on ARVOConnect on Dec. 1, 2016, it is time for us to reflect on why ARVO is important to all of us. At that time, many of our colleagues, ranging from those still in training to very seasoned researchers, responded with reasons to attend the 2017 ARVO meeting in historic Baltimore, an important center for vision research. We were reminded that the collaborations that take root or are further nurtured from the interactions that occur during the ARVO meeting serve to encourage our creativity and innovation. Many commented on the ability of these opportunities to energize our work. With the current challenges of uncertain and possibly diminishing research funding, these global connections and collaborations among different labs and disciplines have never been more essential in keeping our young investigators, the rising stars of the vision community, engaged. Attending the ARVO Annual Meeting strengthens these ties and creates new bonds. I personally feel that my mentor, Brenda Gallie, who brought me to my first ARVO Annual Meeting as a first-year ophthalmology resident, changed the path of my career markedly. I hope you will take this opportunity to attend ARVO 2017 and to bring young trainees. In the words of Fred Fitzke from University College London, the ARVO meeting is “the unique opportunity to meet and discuss the latest ideas with the most amazing gathering of people in the field of vision research. There is no comparable meeting.” We do not build walls around our community; everyone is welcome. My esteemed fellow ARVOTrustee Sarah Coupland emphasized how welcoming ARVO is to “trainees, clinicians and scientists of all ages, genders and ethnicities.” I am looking forward to connecting with you and having a very lively and productive meeting in the vibrant city of Baltimore. Annual Meeting anchors us in changing times by Emily Y. Chew, MD, FARVO

Emily Y. Chew, MD, FARVO

“ Collaborations that take root or are further nurtured from the interactions that occur during the ARVO meeting serve to encourage our creativity and innovation. ”

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