Areas of Research Collaboration (aRc) are networks of like-minded individuals who are willing and able to develop research in areas of particular interest in paediatric ophthalmology, strabismus and visual sciences.
Initially funding may not be available, but if a study develops appropriately funding may be sought. aRcs work with a coordinating center linked to and reciprocally dependent on multiple global centres, creating a perpetual research motion.
The co-ordinating centre is responsible for setting up the initial research protocol and gaining local IRB. This protocol can be shared with all centres involved; each centre must gain local IRB approval or equivalent. Each centre must have a lead investigator and a contact person (separate from the lead investigator and a non – physician).
Dr. Vishal Jhanji has been appointed Director of WSPOS’s Areas of Research Collaboration (aRc) committee.
Dr. Vishal Jhanji is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Jhanji completed his ophthalmology training from the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. He then undertook his specialist training in cornea, external eye diseases and refractive surgery in India and Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Jhanji serves on the editorial board of British Journal of Ophthalmology, Scientific Reports, Medicine, PLoS One, Asia Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology, Indian Journal of Ophthalmology and Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine. He is also a member of the Publications Committee of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and International Meetings Committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr Jhanji is an Honorary Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. He is a Visiting Professor for the Joint International Eye Center of Shantou University, China and Wenzhou Medical School, China.
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