In May 2017, many of our School of Optometry and Vision Science staff and students gathered with fellow researchers and clinicians from around the world at Baltimore, USA for the 2017 annual conference of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). It was a great opportunity for all of us to reconnect with our old colleagues, collaborators, and friends particularly with many of School of Optometry and Vision Science alumni researchers working at various prestigious optometry institutes worldwide.
The School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW had over 35 presentations at ARVO on a wide range of topics including contact lens, myopia, dry eye, presbyopia, visual field, colour vision, immunology and ocular microbiome. Our staff and students were also recognised at ARVO for their outstanding contributions. Professors Fiona Stapleton and Mark Willcox were the distinguished presenters for the conclusions and recommendations from the TFOS dry eye workshop-II. Dr Debarun Dutta and Professor Mark Willcox were the moderators for contact lens poster session, and Visiting Professorial Fellow, Professor Padmaja Sankaridurg for the refractive error poster session. Visiting Academic, Associate Professor Lisa Keay was the organiser for minisymposia: vision and driving. Ms Ananya Datta received an ARVO student travel grant and Ms Preeji Mandathara, an Ezell Fellow received a travel grant from American Optometric Federation for attending this conference.
ARVO is the biggest gathering for eye researchers and clinicians around the globe; as always, the scientific exchange here was meaningful. Thje School greatly appreciated the opportunity to reconnect with researchers who are trying to solve the common eye problems through a variety of promising approaches. In addition to the great conference, Baltimore had lots to offer including the wonderful waterfront, great seafood restaurants, the national aquarium and many more.