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RPB science writers seminar in eye research to be held in Washington, DC Sept. 22-25

Research to Prevent Blindness

WHO - Science and Medical Writers, Editors and Broadcasters are invited to...
WHAT - The 16th Biennial National Science Writers Seminar sponsored by Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB)
WHEN - Sunday, September 22 through Wednesday, September 25, 2002
WHERE - The St. Gregory Hotel, Washington, DC
WHY - To inform the public about serious threats to vision and about scientific progress in combating blindness -- the disability most feared by Americans


AS A FOLLOW-UP to RPB's Press Alert of 5/8/02, we're pleased to inform you that more than 30 of the world's leading vision scientists will be on hand to report on exciting new advances in eye research in a press conference format. Presentations will cover a multitude of topics including vision risks unrecognized by the public and promising new therapies for a wide variety of hitherto untreatable eye diseases.

PROCEEDINGS begin officially with a welcoming reception on Saturday, September 21. There will be a special late morning coffee and bagel nosh on Sunday immediately followed by an afternoon mini-symposium entitled "The Pediatric Eye". Complimentary buffet breakfasts and luncheons will afford journalists daily opportunities to chat informally with participating scientists. Each day's session will be capped by a cocktail hour featuring bounteous hors d'oeuvres.

TO HELP PLAN YOUR TRAVEL BUDGET -- the hotel has offered a special $169 plus 14½% tax per night room rate (single and double). The fare for Super Shuttle Van Service from Ronald Reagan National Airport to the hotel is $9 (from Dulles, $20; from BWI, $30). The hotel is within 4 blocks of 2 Metro stops -- Dupont Circle (on the Red Line) or Foggy Bottom (on the Orange and Blue Lines).

LOOK FOR RPB's THIRD PRESS ALERT next month which will contain more details and a postal reply card for your convenience in advising of your intention to attend this unusual scientific news making event.

If you have any questions contact: Tom Furlong
Director of Public Information


Ben Patrusky
Seminar Director

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