July 23, 2021

The National Eye Institute has created a U.S.-Africa vision research collaboration with Nigeria’s National Eye Centre (NEC) to study children’s eye health. In a recent virtual ceremony, NEI director Dr. Michael Chiang and NEC director Dr. Mahmoud Alhassan signed a memorandum of understanding between the two organizations. The event also hosted a virtual scientific symposium on vision research with speakers from the U.S. and Nigeria.

The agreement forms the framework for a new African vision research consortium and the African Longitudinal Eye (ALE) Study to be centered at the NEC in Kaduna, Nigeria.