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February 26, 2013

Clinical Vision Research Center Celebrates its Opening

CVRCSurrounded by key administrators and faculty members from both the College and the University Eye Center, as well as trustees from the Optometric Center of New York foundation, the Clinical Vision Research Center (CVRC) officially opened its vibrant new facility on the evening of February 13, 2013.

“Nowhere do the missions of our institution—education, research and patient care—come together so clearly than at the CVRC,” said David Troilo, SUNY Optometry’s vice president and dean for academic affairs, during the event.  The CVRC’s mission is to provide a dynamic, patient-based research environment where advanced treatments can be rapidly tested and applied to enhance patient care. The Center will partner with industry, government and foundations to help fund the research that it carries out and will help shape future practice.  The Center’s core research team will be responsible for securing, initiating and overseeing clinical research within the College and making certain that studies are implemented and executed according to current research guidelines. The CVRC will also take a lead role in mentoring faculty, students and staff who are interested in conducting clinical research.

SUNY Optometry president David Heath noted that the presence of the CVRC will help to raise the profile of research being conducted at the College. “Research is a priority of this institution—part of our mission,” he said. “And I have no doubt that the early successes that we’ve had in this area will become greater successes in the future thanks to the CVRC.”

Kathryn Richdale, who was officially named the Founding Director of the Clinical Vision Research Center, offered her sincere gratitude to the entire College community for their strong support in helping to make the CVRC possible.

“It is clear to me,” Richdale said, “that clinical research is a priority here at SUNY.”

Meanwhile, Sara Meeder, the clinical research manager who will handle the day-to-day operations of the CVRC, introduced a unique aspect of the new space: a revolving art exhibit.

“The purpose of the exhibit is to help get the community involved with our research,” Meeder said. The initial exhibit, which will run through June, is by Arlene Gale Milgram, a painter and mixed-media artists from Trenton, NJ. In her exhibit, Milgram has included pieces that were created prior to and after cataract surgery. Meeder noted that all artists exhibited at the CVRC will have had direct experience with eye and vision-related issues.

The CVRC, which is located on the eighth floor of the SUNY College of Optometry building, in the heart of the University Eye Center, has hit the ground running. The Center is already hard at work on several studies, including contact lens and amblyopia research for children and adults.

For more information about the CVRC and its current studies visit: http://www.sunyopt.edu/cvrc   

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