The 12th annual RIMR conference will be held on March 29-31, 2022. Due to the ongoing pandemic, special COVID-19 protocols will apply:
- All domestic travelers will be required to take an at-home, rapid COVID test before heading to the airport on the day of travel to confirm a negative result.
- All international travelers will be required to comply with their airline’s policy and the testing requirement of the US Government for entry into the United States. If neither the airline or the US Government are requiring tests on the day of travel, international travelers will be required to take an at-home, rapid COVID test before heading to the airport to confirm a negative result.
- The Beckman Center has strict vaccination protocols in place, requiring everyone who enters the building each dayto show proof of being fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior. The original vaccination card, or a photograph thereof, will suffice, plus a government-issued i.d. to match the vax card to the person.
- Vaccines used must be on the approved list of the World Health Organization. The Beckman Center will NOT accept negative COVID test results or test results showing proof of previous infection and immunity. In the case of vaccination cards in the language of another country, Beckman Center requires a translation to English.
- Masks are required throughout The Beckman Center at all times, including in the breakout rooms.
- The Beckman Center is not currently serving meals in the buffet line. Instead, boxed meals will be brought in by a caterer and eaten on the patio, weather permitting.
- Masks are required in airport transportation vehicles and the large motor coaches between the hotel and the Beckman Center.
Each year, more than 100 outstanding researchers from various disciplines and backgrounds convene at the annual RIMR meeting to discuss ideas related to the major challenges and opportunities in AMD research. At RIMR conferences, these accomplished leaders from very different backgrounds and disciplines work together to generate new ideas and solutions to overcome the roadblocks preventing us from eliminating vision loss due to AMD.
The conference format itself is an innovative process designed to promote inter-disciplinary collaboration and progress. Significant pre-conference preparation is provided, including tutorials to introduce topics and familiarize participants with the language of disciplines other than their own, ensuring that their time at the conference will be optimally productive and professionally meaningful.
During the conference, participants break into task groups to work on specific scientific topics that represent the most current unresolved questions and obstacles related to atrophic AMD. These topics are carefully chosen by a rotating executive committee of the RIMR participants based on the feedback collected from the RIMR participants after each meeting. In the final plenary session of the conference, a representative of each task group presents a summary of their group’s discussions and findings and recommends studies that would address the research obstacles identified by that group.
The conference format provides a wealth of opportunities to build relationships, exchange ideas, and share new perspectives. It is not a traditional scientific meeting — it is part of a larger process leading to tangible results. Indeed, the RIMR meeting has spawned 100’s of new research collaborations leading to 100s of millions of dollars in new federal funding, and many 100’s of publications.
Attendance is by invitation only.