Research to Prevent Blindness hosted a convening of nearly two dozen organizations committed to the advancement of eye research, on September 17, 2014, in Washington, DC, to discuss vision research funding and a role for funder collaboration in preventing, treating, and curing vision disorders. The historic meeting was an important first step toward collaborations.
Taking into account organizations' unique priorities, the participants acknowledged that a collective effort based on shared interests could impact vision research and outcomes for patients. Consensus began to build in several areas, including:
The convening ended with an expressed interest in exploring collaborative potential. The group committed to envisioning a set of actionable steps for discussion at a 2015 follow‐on meeting to coincide with advocacy events in Washington, DC.
October 7, 2014