For the second year in a row, young vision scientists from around the country gathered to share their research at the Emerging Vision Scientists Day in Washington D.C. Representing New England College of Optometry, NECO, Clinical Assistant Professor Alexis Malkin, OD ‘08 joined 21 other participants involved in basic and clinical vision research from across the country. To participate in this event, emerging vision scientists are nominated for consideration by a dean from their institution. Scientists complete a written application as well as a phone interview prior to being invited to participate.
Dr. Malkin explains, “The Emerging Vision Scientists Day was an exciting opportunity to learn about advocacy for vision research on Capitol Hill.” The group shared their work through discussions and posters of their work before conducting Capitol Hill visits. Dr. Malkin explains that the group discussed “the public health impact of their work as well as limitations due to funding."
Advocacy was an important component of the event. The group discussed how best to advocate before meeting with Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill to discuss ways to increase awareness and take action to reduce the burden of vision impairment and eye disease. Dr. Malkin notes, "We received training on presenting key policy issues to congressional staff. We were also provided feedback on our delivery of our message and our ability to communicate scientific information to people outside of the field.”
Dr. Malkin appreciates the impact this experience will have on her work and her teaching. She explains, "I will use the skills and knowledge gained at the event to help students learn the important role of advocacy in the profession. I also plan to collaborate with colleagues I met from Massachusetts and around the US who participated in the Emerging Vision Scientists Day."
Read more about the Emerging Vision Scientists Day.
(photo credit: David Epstein)
About New England College of Optometry
New England College of Optometry, NECO, is an independent graduate college of optometry that educates students for careers in eye care delivery, research and education. For over 130 years, the New England College of Optometry has been educating optometrists and leaders in the field. Originally founded in 1894 as the Klein School of Optics, NECO prepares the next generation of eye care providers, educators, leaders, and innovators through a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experiences. Through a vast network of clinical affiliations, our students put patient care first, providing vision care to children, older adults, the homeless, and individuals with disabilities through our mobile eye clinic, satellite clinics in schools, homeless shelters, community health centers, and VA medical centers.
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