Newswise — The Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) is the largest gathering of eye and vision researchers in the world, with over 11,000 attendees from more than 75 countries. Two free events will feature speakers highlighting recent successes — and emerging threats — facing ophthalmic clinicians and researchers around the world.

What and Why: Outbreaks: The global ophthalmic threat of Ebola, Zika and other virusesWorld-renowned ophthalmologists will describe how the eye can contribute to understanding virus mechanisms and developing future treatments. Speakers will provide scientific, clinical and humanitarian perspectives; highlight current understanding of Zika, Ebola and West Nile diseases; and discuss the importance of strengthening vision health systems globally.

• Session chair/Moderator: James Chodosh, MD, MPH, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary• Moderator: Steven Yeh, MD, Emory University

Who: Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Where: Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, Washington, Room 6E

When: Sunday, May 1, 2016, 5:15 – 7:00 pm Pacific time

Additional speakers/interview opportunities:

• Todd Margolis MD, PhD, FARVO, Washington University • Lee Jampol, MD, Northwestern University • Ian Crozier, MD, World Health Organization • Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School and Partners in Health
For more information, see arvo.org/TBI/#outbreaks.

What and Why: Improving eye care in Africa: the ARVO/Champalimaud Award lectureIn recognition for their outstanding work to provide comprehensive eye care services to millions of people in Sub-Saharan Africa, winners of the €1 million Champalimaud Award will discuss the impact their work has had in Africa and around the world. Speakers will describe how their data-driven approach to delivery of care helped them combat vision disorders, tackle poverty and create economic sustainability in communities in these areas.Who: Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Where: Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, Washington, Room 6B

When: Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 5:45 – 7:00 pm Pacific time

Panelists/interview opportunities:Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology • Paul Courtright, PhD • Susan Lewallen, MD Seva Foundation • Heidi Chase • Suzanne Gilbert, PhD, MPH Seva Canada • Penny Lyons, MBA • Ken Bassett, MD, PhDVisiting ophthalmologists • Gerald Msukwa, MD• Levi Kandeke, MD For more information, see arvo.org/AM/Program/Lectures.

About ARVOThe Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology (ARVO) is the largest eye and vision research organization in the world. Members include nearly 12,000 eye and vision researchers from over 75 countries. ARVO advances research worldwide into understanding the visual system and preventing, treating and curing its disorders. Learn more at arvo.org.infecAbout the ARVO Annual MeetingThe Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) is the largest gathering of eye and vision researchers in the world, attracting over 11,000 attendees from more than 75 countries. About 45% of our attendees are from outside the U.S. The 2016 meeting is being held in Seattle, Wash., May 1 – 5. Learn more at arvo.org/am