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National Eye Institute Releases National Plan for Eye and Vision Research

NEI Press Release

National Institutes of Health
National Eye Institute

January 28, 2004

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The National Eye Institute (NEI), a part of the Federal government's National Institutes of Health, recently published its latest planning document, National Plan for Eye and Vision Research. The Plan provides a clear view of the state of vision research and identifies the most pressing scientific needs and opportunities. The planning process provides a vehicle to more rapidly identify and bring emerging areas of science to bear on vision problems.

"The National Plan will help the NEI set priorities for laboratory and clinical research and measure progress toward the development of new knowledge that can help prevent vision loss and restore sight for the millions of Americans who already live with eye disease and for those who are at risk," said Paul A. Sieving, M.D., Ph.D., director of the NEI.

The National Plan addresses each of the NEI's major programs.

The development and publication of the National Plan is the first of a two-phase strategic planning process for the NEI. The second phase consists of an ongoing effort to conduct workshops, conferences, and symposia in critical and emerging research areas to explore how they might be applied to eye diseases. This second phase will assist the NEI in evaluating and updating the National Plan and to fulfill its goals and objectives.

The development of the Plan involved the National Advisory Eye Council (the committee charged with guiding the NEI's scientific decision making), members of the vision research community, public groups, and professional and advocacy organizations. The Plan is available on the NEI's Web site at

The National Eye Institute (NEI) is part of the National Institutes of Health, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NEI-sponsored research on eye diseases and disorders leads to sight-saving treatments and plays a key role in reducing visual impairment and blindness.

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