As science and research is at the heart of what we do, it is important that the cutting edge research conducted throughout the world is shared among scientists to ensure the best results. The MVRF International Scientific Conference brings together a select group of creative and innovative scientists. It has grown to become one of the world’s most prestigious and highly coveted scientific gatherings dedicated to vision research.


The conference goes beyond the standard conference format of paper presentations. The model is a powerful combination of science and social interaction, a highly collaborative assembly of highly motivated and accomplished medical researchers. The participants experience a rare opportunity to discuss progress and exchange ideas in a safe, private and free-flowing setting. Bringing the experts together holds enormous potential to advance and accelerate basic science towards a single goal: closing in on novel prevention, treatments and cures for macular degeneration and other retina diseases.

The conference uses no donated MVRF funds.

“I wanted to thank you for your hard work pulling together such a wonderful meeting. Scientifically, it was energizing. Socially, it was amazing. But to learn a bit about the foundation and to step back and think about why we do what we do, well, that was inspiring.”

Joseph Carroll, PhD

Richard O. Schultz, MD/Ruth Works Professor in Ophthalmology, Co-Director, Advanced Ocular Imaging Program, Dept of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Medical College of Wisconsin