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. The 12th annual RIMR conference was held on March 29-31, 2022.