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UTHSC News: Ophthalmology Professor Advocates and Educates on Vision Research Globally


TJ Hollingsworth, PhD, is committed to advocacy, education, and research in the field of ophthalmology.

Dr. Hollingsworth was recently chosen as a member of the 2023 Emerging Vision Scientists cohort for the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR)/Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) and participated in communicating the value of research and advocating for increased funding for the National Institutes of Health and National Eye Institute to members of Congress. During the Advocacy Day, Dr. Hollingsworth met with Congressman Steve Cohen and U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Haggarty.

“We try to advocate for increased funding to both the National Eye Institute and the National Institutes of Health as a whole,” Dr. Hollingsworth said. “It was a great experience and I have applied to do this again. I feel like it takes people like me who actually want to make change happen.”

The NAEVR is a nonprofit advocacy organization and affiliate of the nonprofit educational foundation AEVR. The NAEVR works to achieve the best eye and vision care for all Americans through advocacy and public education for eye and vision research sponsored by the NIH, NEI, and other federal agencies.

After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Jacksonville State University in 2007, Dr. Hollingsworth’s interest in vision increased when he earned his PhD in vision science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2013.

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