2nd Annual Research Proposal Competition Open To Multidisciplinary Teams At 2016 Envision Conference In Denver

August 17, 2016
Wichita, Kan. – Envision announced today the return of the Research Proposal Competition to the 2016 Envision Conference, September 7-10, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt in Denver. It is sponsored by the Envision Research Institute (ERI). As part of the competition, an intensive workshop will be offered to assist attendees with developing successful research proposals. One team of workshop participants will receive up to $10,000 in seed funding and access to ERI resources to launch the proposed study.
The Envision Conference is the only multidisciplinary conference of its kind that gives professionals who work with individuals with low vision in a variety of fields – optometrists, rehabilitation therapists, occupational therapists, special education teachers, researchers – the chance to receive updates and collaborate with each other on the latest ideas and advancements in vision rehabilitation, research, practice and technology.
“The Research Proposal Competition is intended to accelerate and sponsor promising new research directions that have direct impact on the practice of low vision rehabilitation,” said Laura Walker, Ph.D., ERI Executive Director “It will encourage and facilitate research/clinical collaborations that result through open discussions at the Envision Conference.”
This year’s Research Proposal Competition workshop has been divided into three sessions:
  • In the first session, Dr. Walker will discuss “Forming a Translational Research Team.”
  • In the second session, “Statistics Boot Camp for Clinicians,” Aaron Johnson, Ph.D., will discuss the meaning of current statistics used in studying low vision as well as the best methods for calculating them. Topics to be covered include traditional statistics analysis as well as the new statistics that are becoming requirements in most scientific and medical journals.
  • In the third session, “Research Study Design & Proposal Writing,” Dr. Walker will walk participants through how to design a study and draft a research proposal, following which each team will be invited to submit a letter of intent (LOI) to participate in the Research Proposal Competition. The ERI will provide specific feedback on each LOI to guide development of full research proposals.
The sessions are staggered throughout the Envision Conference agenda to allow time for contest participants to process earlier lessons and get them thinking about new opportunities for research as they attend other sessions.
“Every research track at Envision Conference will include time for discussion of the session topics, how the research can be applied to rehabilitative care and what remaining questions need to be addressed with ongoing research,” said Michael Epp, Manager of Professional Education at Envision. “Clinicians and researchers will be encouraged to seek each other out and form concrete teams to collaborate on small research projects.”
Earlier this year, Envision announced the winner of its 2015 Research Proposal Competition, and awarded a research prize of $10,000 to a multidisciplinary team led by Ava Bittner, O.D., Ph.D., FAAO (Dipl.) of Nova Southeastern University (NSU). The prize funded a one-year investigation into the preliminary efficacy of telerehabilitation, i.e., using HIPAA-secure videoconferencing to deliver follow-up low vision services to visually impaired individuals who live in remote areas or have difficulty getting to a specialist’s office. Dr. Bittner will present her project at the 2016 Envision Conference.
The complete Envision Conference program is available at envisionconference.org.
About Envision: Envision (www.envisionus.com) promotes advocacy and independence for those who are blind or low vision. Founded in 1933, Envision is one of the largest employers of individuals with vision loss in the nation. Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Envision’s mission is to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration for the blind and visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. For more information, visit www.envisionus.com.

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