ARVO Foundation insert Fall 2014

Inspired and full of new ideas

ARVO Foundation Board of Governors 2014 – 2015 Paul P. Lee, MD, JD, FARVO Chair Nicolas G. Bazan, MD, PhD, FARVO Immediate Past Chair Donald C. Hood, PhD, FARVO Treasurer Carlos Belmonte, MD, FARVO Eric C. Carlson, PhD Steve Charles, MD, FACS, FICS Cheryl Mae Craft, PhD, FARVO Julia A. Haller, MD, FARVO Joan W. Miller, MD, FARVO J. Mark Petrash, PhD, FARVO Paul Sternberg, Jr., MD, FARVO Joyce Tombran-Tink, PhD, FARVO Ex Officio to the Governors Craig E. Crosson, PhD, FARVO Executive Vice President of ARVO Gary W. Abrams, MD, FARVO Governor Emeritus — Past Chair John E. Dowling, PhD, FARVO Governor Emeritus — Past Chair ARVO Foundation Staff Iris M. Rush, CAE Interim Executive Director Maureen Dimont Director of Development Lena Galperina Senior Foundation Coordinator

The ARVO Foundation provided travel fellowships to researchers from developing countries to attend ARVO 2014. Back row, from left: Olga Borodovitsyna, Grazielly Oliveira, Mongkol Tadarati, Daniela Alejandra Quinteros, Bibhuti Saikia and Jorge Luis Bustillo Gonzalez. Front, from left: Irmante Derkac, Jelena Potic, Sahebaan Sabharwal and Karen Koetsie.

S itting in a meeting room with breakfast in front of them, the 2014 Developing Country Eye Researcher Travel Fellowship recipi- ents listened as J. Mark Petrash, PhD, encouraged them to use the ARVO 2014 Annual Meeting to expand their networks. “ARVO is a global organization — almost half of our membership comes from outside the U.S.,” he said. “So we want to be able to bridge the

gaps between countries and universi- ties and regions of the world. The Annual Meeting this week is the most important opportunity that you have to create those bridges.” Among those in the audience was his mentee Karen Koetsie, BSc, MBChB, MMed, FCOphth, from Johannesburg, South Africa. Just as Petrash and Koetsie were paired as part of the ARVO Foundation’s

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Get to know the new board members Eric Carlson, PhD Head of Strategic Operations and Planning Alcon Research Labs, Inc. Dallas, Texas expression regulation of proteogly- cans in corneal wound healing and transparency. After earning his doctorate, Carlson completed a postdoc-

toral fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute, with Victor Perez, MD, as his men- tor. His research focused on the immunological response in the anterior segment. Also during this time, Carlson earned a National Institutes of Health ARVO Travel Grant (2004) and the ARVO Cora Verhagen Award (2005).  Following his fellowship, Carlson joined the Case Western Reserve University Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences to continue investigating See Board members, page 3

As the head of Strategic Operations and Planning, Eric Carlson is part of the R&D Leadership Team at Alcon Research Labs. Carlson received his PhD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine under the mentorship of Winston Kao, PhD, FARVO, in the Department of Ophthalmology. This early research focused on the structure-function relationship and

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