ARVO/Champalimaud Lecture 2016
World’s largest vision meeting celebrates the achievements of the 2015 António Champalimaud Vision Award laureates
Champaliamud Foundation President, Leonor Beleza, was in the USA on May 3rd to join the world’s largest annual vision and eye care meeting. For 2016 the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology was held in Seattle and welcomed more than 11000 specialists from around the world to exchange ideas and foster collaboration. As always, the Champalimaud Foundation was active in the meeting’s keynote session with the ARVO/Champalimaud Award Lecture, celebrating the achievements of the António Champalimaud Vision Award laureates and offering a platform for wide-ranging discussion of eye care issues.
In a fitting tribute to the collaborative effort behind 2015’s award winning work, the 2016 Lecture saw participation from each of three recipient organisations. Paul Courtright and Susan Lewallen from the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology, Heidi Chase and Suzanne Gilbert from the Seva Foundation, and Penny Lyons and Ken Bassett from Seva Canada were all in Seattle to lend their insights and experience to the occasion.
The 2016 Lecture on ‘Improving eye care in Africa’ was focused on evidence to inform practices, programmes, and policies on what works to reduce vision loss in sub-Saharan Africa. Vision loss remains a significant problem in sub-Saharan Africa and in the last 15 years there has been considerable work that provides eye care providers with some of the evidence necessary to inform practices, programmes, and policies. The 2015 Champalimaud Vision Award laureates are among those who have made strong contributions to this field and their efforts in the ‘Kilimanjaro Project’ were recognised by the award jury panel as being an example of excellence in the eye care and public health.
The ARVO/Champalimaud Award lecture will return in 2017 with a celebration of the work of the next winners of the António Champalimaud Vision Award.