Mexico–United States Symposium on Vision Health: Priorities and Opportunities for Bilateral and Regional Engagement in Scientific and Public Health

Date/Time: January 29, 2021, 12:00 – 4:30 PM CDT

Delivery: Zoom (ID: 818 9558 3718 AC: 080536)

Url: http://bit.ly/3bkmAj2

Sponsors:

  • National Eye Institute (NEI) – National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • US Embassy Mexico City
  • Mexican Society of Ophthalmology (SMO) / Mexican Center for Preventive Visual Health (CMSVP)
  • Mexican Institute of Ophthalmology (IMO)
  • Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO)

Goals:

  • Discuss key areas of mutual interest in vision health
  • Prioritize scientific and public health research areas to address regional eye disease burden
  • Explore opportunities to strengthen binational collaborations and joint training

Summary:

The United States and Mexico have a long-standing history of scientific collaborations. However, there is no standing forum to discuss current challenges in vision health and to set a bilateral scientific and public health research agenda to address the burden of eye disease in both countries and in the region. With support from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, the NEI-NIH, the SMO- CMSVP, IMO, PAAO, along with experts from several renowned institutions and attendees will explore key areas of mutual interest, describe grant mechanisms in the United States potentially available to Mexican and regional researchers/practitioners, and discuss models of binational scientific collaboration, including training opportunities.

Intended audience:

Ophthalmologists, participants in ophthalmology training programs, and visual health researchers and practitioners in academia, public, and private sectors.

AGENDA

 

Session 1 Opening Session
Chair: Dr. Maria Julia Marinissen, Health Attaché, US Embassy Mexico City, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Co-Chair: Dr. Paola de La Parra-Colín, Corneal Transplant Coordinator, Mexican National Institute of Rehabilitation
12:00 PM – 12:10 PM Introduction and Objectives of the Symposium — Dr. Maria Julia Marinissen, Health Attaché, US Embassy Mexico City, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

12:10 PM – 12:25 PM

Welcoming Remarks

Mr. John Creamer, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy Mexico City

Lic. Martha L. Caballero, Director, International Affairs, Ministry of Health Mexico

Dr. Irma Zamudio, President, Mexican Society of Ophthalmology (SMO)

Dr. Michael Chiang, Director, National Eye Institute (NEI), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

 

12:25 PM – 1:40 PM

Keynote Presentations: Advances in Visual Health Research

Advances in Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research — Dr. Fernando Arévalo, Chair-Elect of the Board, Pan-American Ophthalmological Foundation (PAOF) and Head of the Johns Hopkins Department of Ophthalmology

Eye Health in the US – Mexico Border — Dr. Guillermo Amezcua, Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Medical Director of the Ocular Surface Program, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami

Integrating Artificial Intelligence and Telemedicine-Based Care Into Clinical Practice — Dr. Gavin Tan, Senior Consultant, Singapore National Eye Centre

1:40 PM – 1:45 PM

Wrap-Up Comments: Dr. Paola de La Parra-Colín, Corneal Transplant Coordinator, Mexican National Institute of Rehabilitation

1:45 PM – 1:50 PM

BREAK

Session 2

NIH/NEI Research programs and funding opportunities
Chair:
Dr. Gyan “John” Prakash, Director, Office of International Program Activities, National Eye Institute National Institutes of Health
Co-Chair:  Dr. Santa J. Tumminia, Deputy Director, NIH/NEI

1:50 PM – 2:00 PM

NIH/NEI Opportunities for Global Research and Training — Dr. Gyan “John” Prakash, Director, Office of International Program Activities, National Eye Institute National Institutes of Health

2:00 PM – 2:10 PM

PAAO Opportunities for Education and Training — Dr. Miguel Burnier Jr., President, PAAO

2:10 PM – 2:20 PM

World Report on NIH grants in Mexico — Mr. Michael Cheetham, Fogarty international Center, NIH

2:20 PM – 2:30 PM

Current priorities for NIH/NEI funded research and grants — Dr. Lisa Neuhold & Dr. Michael Steinmetz, Program Office Directors, Extramural Program, NIH/NEI 

2:30 PM – 2:40 PM

NIH Grants and Scientific Review Process — Dr. Seetha Bhagavan, Coordinator for Review of International Programs, Center for Scientific Review, NIH

2:40 PM – 2:50 PM

Q&As

2:50 PM – 2:55 PM

Wrap-Up Comments: Dr. Santa J. Tumminia, Deputy Director, NIH/NEI

 2:55 PM – 3:00 PM

BREAK

Session 3

Vision Health in Mexico – Joint Research and Training Models and Opportunities
Chair:
Dr. Van Charles Lansingh, Director of International Affairs, Mexican Institute of Ophthalmology and
 Chief Medical Officer, Help-Me-See
Co-Chair: Dr. Francisco Martinez-Castro, Chief Editor, Newsletter on Diabetic Retinopathy of the Vision 2020 Latin America Program

3:00 PM – 3:10 PM

New Data on Global Blindness and the Current Situation in Mexico and Priorities on Research and Public Health — Dr. Van Charles Lansingh, Director of International Affairs, Mexican Institute of Ophthalmology and
 Chief Medical Officer, Help-Me-See

3:10 PM – 3:20 PM

Telemedicine for Diabetic Eye Disease — Dr. Ellery Lopez-Star, Director, IMO

3:20 PM – 3:30 PM

Glaucoma Tele-Health — Dr. Jesús Jimenez-Roman, President, Mexican Center for Preventive Visual Health, Mexican Society of Ophthalmology

3:30 PM – 3:40 PM

Experience as NIH/NEI Fellow — Dr. Bethania Lopez, Outreach Coordinator for Extramural Activities, IMO

3:40 PM – 3:50 PM

The Joys and Challenges of an NEI-Funded Foreign Research Collaboration — Prof. Fabrice Manns, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL

3:50 PM – 4:00 PM

The US-Mexican Network for Clinical Research on Emerging Infectious Diseases (LaRed) — Dr. Clifford Lane, Deputy Director for Clinical Research and Special Projects, NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) & Dr. Guillermo Ruiz Palacios, Director, La Red. Professor of Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Medical Sciences & Nutrition (TBC)

4:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Q&As

4:15 PM – 4:20 PM The Future of Mexico-US Collaboration on Vision Health — Dr. Santa J. Tumminia, Deputy Director, NIH/NEI

4:20 PM – 4:30 PM

Closing Remarks — Co-Chairs