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Vol. LXV, No. 7
March 29, 2013

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Social Entrepreneur Staple-Clark To Give NEI Global Lecture

Jennifer Staple-Clark
The National Eye Institute Global Health Vision Lecture will feature Jennifer Staple-Clark, founder and CEO of Unite for Sight, New Haven, Conn., on Thursday, Apr. 18, at 1 p.m. in Lawton Chiles International House (Bldg. 16). Her presentation, Innovation & Outcomes: How Evidence-Based Research Can Provide Real Impact in Eye Care and Health Care Delivery, will focus on Unite for Sight’s strategies for the delivery of quality eye care in resource-poor settings and the organization’s research strategies for supporting local ophthalmologists in developing countries.

Staple-Clark founded Unite for Sight in 2000 while she was a sophomore at Yale University. Through her vision and entrepreneurial skills, she has made the organization a leader in providing cost-effective care to the world’s poorest people. By investing human and financial resources in the social ventures of eye clinics in developing countries, Unite for Sight has provided eye care to more than 1.5 million people living in extreme poverty, including more than 63,000 sight-restoring surgeries.

Staple-Clark is the recipient of the 2011 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award and the 2009 National Jefferson Award, which is regarded as the “Nobel Prize” for public service.

The Global Health Vision Lecture Series is sponsored by NEI, Fogarty International Center and the NIH global health interest group. NEI created the series in 2012 to foster global collaboration and the exchange of information among international vision researchers and eye health clinical scientists.

For information about the lecture, contact Sandra Jones at (301) 496-2234.

Individuals who need sign language interpreters or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Linda Huss at (301) 496-5248.

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