The digital summit of global partners in vision research discussed opportunities for collaboration.
“We're here because we all want the same thing: a world where there are fewer people who lose vision,” said NEI Director Michael F. Chiang, M.D., who touched on NEI's long history of international collaboration, summarized NEI's efforts to implement its new strategic plan, and highlighted research topics of international interest, including myopia, big data, climate change, quality of life, health disparities, and training.
Participating were more than two dozen representatives from 11 international vision research organizations, including the
- American Academy of Ophthalmology,
- Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology,
- Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology,
- European Society of Ophthalmology,
- International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness,
- International Council of Ophthalmology,
- International Society for Eye Research,
- Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology,
- Pan American Association of Ophthalmology,
- Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, and
- World Health Organization
Each representative shared their respective organization’s priorities and recent activities and proposed areas of potential collaboration.
Gyan Prakash, who directs the NEI Office of International Program Activities, and NEI senior leadership are reviewing proposals from the meeting and developing a synthesis for future planning.
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