2004S-0233 - Solicitation of Comments on Stimulating Innovation in Medical Technologies
FDA Comment Number : EC4
Submitter : Ms. Sherill Williams Date & Time: 07/07/2004 06:07:56
Organization : Prevent Blindness Ohio
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In response to HHS?s request for comments from the public on how to stimulate innovation in medical technologies, you may be interested in one effort underway in Ohio that is seeking a similar outcome.

A coalition of statewide organizations were convened in September 2003 who share a common interest in the problems of the aging eye. The Ohio Aging Eye Public/Private Partnership is an initiative formed by a proclamation from Ohio Governor Bob Taft and supported by the Ohio Department of Aging. The mission of the Partnership is to develop a strategic plan of action to address issues relating to vision care public policy, vision care services, vision education, and vision loss prevention research that impact the quality of life for Ohio?s seniors now and in the future. The Partnership is comprised of key leaders and experts in the areas of vision healthcare, the elderly and social services.

Partnership Members are: Association of Philanthropic Homes for the Aging, Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Association of Ohio Health Commissioners, Council for Older Adults, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, Ohio Council for Home Care, Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education, Ohio Agencies Serving the Visually Impaired, NASA Glenn Research Center, Ohio Department of Aging, Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Insurance, Representative Kathleen Chandler, Ohio Nurses Association, Ohio Ophthalmological Society, Senator Steve Stivers, Senator Randy Gardner, Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, Ohio Osteopathic Association, Ohio Optometric Association, Ohio Veterans Visual Impairment Services Team, Opticians Association of Ohio and Prevent Blindness Ohio.

The Ohio Aging Eye Public Private Partnership is working on presenting a Ohio Vision Loss Prevention Research Symposium as one of its key action initiatives. The overall goal for the Ohio Vision Loss Prevention Research Symposium is to increase vision loss prevention research and public/private collaborations that seek the causes of and cures for the four leading causes of sight-robbing eye diseases in seniors ? diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and cataract. This symposium would be the first of its type in Ohio. Expected date is Spring 2005.

Objectives of the Symposium are to expose 150-200 interdisciplinary professionals from Ohio?s public and private sectors that represent groups and organizations serving all 88 Ohio counties to:
1. Assets and resources that can lead to more effective and successful collaboration and assist research and commercialize discoveries.
2. Research discoveries that can be translated into public and professional education initiatives and products and services to help curb vision loss among seniors.
3. Current and proposed research projects that provide new non-invasive technologies for the detection and prevention of blindness and vision loss and that focus on nutrition and lifestyle choices that can have an impact in preventing eye disease and vision loss.

Outcomes of the Vision Loss Prevention Research Symposium are expected to be:
1) Three interdisciplinary, inter-institution and/or translational collaborations within one year.
2) Increased awareness among symposium participants regarding: Assets and resources that can lead to more effective and successful collaboration and assist research and commercialize discoveries; Research discoveries that can be translated into public and professional education initiatives and products and services to help curb vision loss among seniors; Current and proposed research projects that provide new non-invasive technologies for the detection and prevention of blindness and vision loss and that focus on nutrition and lifestyle choices that can have an impact in preventing eye disease and vision loss.