The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology closed its 2012 annual meeting with more than 12,500 participants—a 6% increase from 2011 and its largest attendance ever. With "Translational Research: Seeing the Possibilities" as its theme, the international forum brought together clinicians and research scientists from around the world to explore how basic research discoveries translate to effective prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of vision disorders. More than 250 e-poster presentations from ARVO 2012 are available for viewing online through June 30, 2012. Visit
New ARVO president, officers
At the General Business Meeting, ARVO members welcomed its new president, Peng T. Khaw, MD, PhD, FARVO, director of the National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre for Ophthalmology, professor of glaucoma and ocular healing at University College London Institute of Ophthalmology, and consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. Dr. Khaw serves as the chair of the association's Glaucoma Section and was the first recipient of the ARVO/Pfizer translational award in 2005. His recent research interests include wound healing, glaucoma surgery, stem cells, and optic nerve regeneration.
Jacob Pe'er, MD, FARVO, of Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, will serve as the new vice president and Craig E Crosson, PhD, FARVO, of the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, is the new executive vice president.
Justine R. Smith, MBBS, PhD, FARVO, of Oregon Health Sciences University has been named president-elect and will serve the 2013 to 2014 term. John S. Penn, PhD, FARVO, of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and David R. Williams, PhD, FARVO, of the University of Rochester School of Medicine are the vice presidents-elect for that term.
Other election results include three new trustees: Paul S. Bernstein, MD, PhD, FARVO (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Section) of the University of Utah, Moran Eye Center; Emily Y. Chew, MD, FARVO (Clinical and Epidemiologic Research Section) of the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health; and Peter D. Lukasiewicz, PhD (Visual Neuroscience Section) of the Washington University School of Medicine.
2013 award recipients
The following 2013 ARVO Award recipients were named at ARVO 2012: