Advocacy for vision research
In October, Emory Eye Center researcher Jeffrey Boatright, incoming president of ARVO, traveled to Capitol Hill to advocate for vision research. He visited the office of Georgia Congressman John Lewis (of Civil Rights fame) and Michaeleen Crowell, the legislative director for the Congressman, who has been a real supporter of vision research and of Emory.
Along with Jacob Pe’re, chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, Boatright advocated for increased funding for the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). While on the Hill, they were able to provide some insight into the needs of the research community here at Emory and internationally because Pe'er and EEC’s Hans Grossniklaus are starting a collaboration between EEC and Hadassah.