ARVO installs new officers during annual meeting

June 8, 2006

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) installed several new officers during its annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL, last month.

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) installed several new officers during its annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL, last month.

Frederick L. Ferris III, MD, director, division of epidemiology and clinical research, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, succeeded Larry J. Takemoto, PhD, as president. A member since 1974, Dr. Ferris has served as a member of ARVO's Program Committee and has been a trustee of the Clinical and Epidemiologic Research Section. He is also chairman of the Awards Committee of the Macula Society.

Martine J. Jager, MD, PhD, head of the laboratory, department of ophthalmology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands, has been selected to replace Dr. Ferris in 2007. This is the first time ARVO has elected a president from outside the United States.

ARVO inducted Robert B. Barlow, PhD, and Daniel T. Organisciak, PhD, as vice presidents of the association. They succeed Joel M. Miller, PhD, and Steven E. Wilson, MD.

Dr. Barlow is professor of ophthalmology and director of the Center for Vision Research at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. A member of ARVO since 1969, he has served on the International Members, Program, and Education Committees. He has been the trustee for the Visual Neurophysiology Section since 2003.

Dr. Organisciak, chairman, department of biochemistry and molecular biology, and director, Petticrew Research Laboratory, Wright State University, Dayton, OH, has served as the trustee for the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Section and is chairman of ARVO's Members-in-Training Committee.

Robert Ritch, MD, surgeon director and chief, Glaucoma Services, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York City, and professor, clinical ophthalmology, The New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY, was appointed vice president-elect. He will be installed as vice president in 2007.