January 2019 Issue of Insight


Looking Forward: New Year, New Services

As the calendar flips into a new year, EBAA is pleased to unveil two new services that will make your eye bank more successful.

  • Ocular Network Exchange (ONE): An on-line, 24/7 exchange for corneal tissue to better serve your donors and your surgeons
  • Communications Resources: Customizable brochure and video to position your eye bank with your surgeons and within your community

Both of these services are available to our members at no charge; they’re simply benefits of EBAA membership.

Ocular Network Exchange
Announced last month, ONE will help you better serve your surgeons and manage your eye bank more efficiently by creating an on-line, 24/7 exchange for corneal tissue.  All EBAA-member banks can offer their tissue for placement and view and select tissue offered by other banks.  By expanding your eye bank’s reach to receive and place tissue, your surgeons have greater access to tissue that suits their specific needs while also maximizing the utilization of your donor tissue.

Access to ONE will be restricted to EBAA-member eye banks; surgeons will not be able to “shop” online for tissue, a process that interferes with the relationship between surgeons and their eye banks.  Most significantly, this is no charge to use ONE; it’s a free benefit of membership.
We will host a complementary webinar and live demonstration of ONE at 2:00pm Eastern on Tuesday, January 29; click here to register for the webinar.

Communications Resources
EBAA has created communications resources to help you describe what your non-profit eye bank offers to your surgeons and your community.  Both the single-fold brochure and the 60-second video feature text and quotes from corneal surgeons describing why they prefer to work with their local nonprofit eye bank.

These positive messages are ideally suited to initiate conversations with your surgeons or to share with individuals in your community.

EBAA will distribute the brochure file to all eye bank CEOs; it can be printed as is or personalized with your eye bank’s logo.  Similarly, the video can be shown as-is, or your logo and contact information or call to action can be added at the end.

We’re putting the finishing touches on both the video and brochure and will distribute both to our members by the end of January.

We hope you find these resources valuable; please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.
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EBAA 2019 Annual Meeting – Registration Opening Soon!

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona for the 2019 Annual Meeting, June 5 – 8, 2019.

A preliminary meeting schedule is now available! The schedule will be continuously updated as sessions and speakers are finalized and confirmed.  Registration will open later this month so keep an eye out for email announcements and additional updates to the EBAA website.
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Legislative and Regulatory Update

Stat Report Reminder

All 2018 monthly data through December 2018 should be submitted via EBAA Connect by January 31, 2019.

The Focal Point: Advocacy & Legislative Update

EBAA reported on recent legislative and regulatory developments in the January 8 issue of Focal Point, the association’s bi-weekly advocacy and legislative update.

For past issues, please visit the archive in the “Members Only” section of the website.
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Educational Programs, Seminars, and Events

2019 Technician Education Seminar: ONE Week Left to Reserve Your Seat!

Calling all beginning eye bank staff! If you are looking for an educational experience that will dive into essential eye banking topics through lectures, hands-on training, networking, and breakout sessions, EBAA has the course for you.

Join your peers and our knowledgeable faculty from across the country, January 31 through February 2, for the 2019 Technician Education Seminar (TES). This year’s seminar not only features a new location in Philadelphia, but also includes a small portion of the sessions online prior to the event, allowing attendees to view and listen to lectures  from the comforts of their own eye banks and on their own schedule. The new format will enable attendees to have a more interactive experience while at the seminar while also remaining a useful tool in an eye banker’s education.

Here is what past attendees have said about the TES:

  • “I had such a great time at TES! It was a great learning experience and was wonderful to meet other eye bankers from the country.”
  • “The seminar touched on all aspects of eye banking which was great for me to be able to have a better understanding on everybody’s role in the eye bank.”
  • “TES offered me with the best experience possible! A big thank you to everyone that made it possible.”

What will you take away from this year’s event? Registration for this annual favorite event ends January 18; sign up today!

2019 Jachin Misko Memorial Scholarship Recipient Selected

EBAA would like to congratulate Shalin Patel for receiving the 2019 Jachin Misko Memorial Scholarship in Technical Advancement of Eye Banking. Shalin is a Tissue Processing Specialist at the Kentucky Lions Eye Bank in Louisville, Kentucky. The selection committee was impressed by Shalin’s work thus far and his personal statement. Brad Tennant, CEO of Kentucky Lions Eye Bank, nominated Shalin stating, “It was clear to everyone at the outset that Shalin is a multi-talented individual that strives for clinical excellence in every procedure he performs and in everything he does.”

The scholarship, generously sponsored by Saving Sight, will provide for Shalin to attend the Technician Education Seminar, January 31 – February 2, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. EBAA looks forward to welcoming Shalin at the TES in a couple of weeks. Be sure to read his personal account from the TES in an upcoming issue of Insight!

CEBT Exam: Information about Application and Upcoming FREE Webinar

Early bird registration for the Spring Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT) Exam ends in in two weeks Testing will take place March 23 through April 6 at a testing center near you!

The CEBT Exam content outline has been updated and reformatted.  These changes will be reflected in the upcoming Spring exam. To help guide candidates on the new outline, the overall exam, and study resources, the Exam Committee Chair, Jameson Clover, CEBT, and Exam Committee Member, Rachel Peltier, PhD, CEBT, will be presenting the complimentary informational webinar, “The CEBT Exam: Updates, Information, and Resources” on January 24. This webinar will feature important facts about the exam as well as the resources available which now includes a new content outline.

To take the exam in the U.S. and Canada, the application is due February 11; rates will increase on January 26. To take the exam in any other location, the international application is due January 11.

Register for the exam and the webinar today!

2019 EBAA Scientific Symposium: Present Your Research at the Annual Meeting!

EBAA is currently accepting abstract proposals for the 2019 EBAA Scientific Symposium. The symposium will be held during the 2019 Annual Meeting on June 8, 2019, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Each year this event showcases new and innovative research in the fields of eye banking and ophthalmology. A travel grant opportunity is available for medical students, residents and corneal fellows whose papers are accepted for presentation.

If you have been working on research in the areas of corneal transplantation, recovery, preparation, or processing, we encourage you to submit an abstract today. The Best Paper of Session Award, sponsored by the International Journal of Eye Banking, will be awarded for the best paper presentation by a resident, fellow, or eye banker.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 11. To submit an abstract for consideration, please visit the 2019 Submission Portal.

Award Opportunities

EBAA is now accepting nominations for the Gift of Sight Award and the Crystal Cornea Award. Both awards honor individuals who have worked to promote the gift of sight and will be presented during the Annual Dinner on June 7 at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. The nomination deadline for both awards is March 4.

Gift of Sight Award
The Gift of Sight Award recipient is a professional who works closely with the eye banking community and whose efforts have demonstrated significant support for corneal donation. Eligible nominees include but are not limited to: nurses, medical examiners, funeral service professionals, social workers, clergy, hospital administrative personnel and other professionals who have worked to encourage donation and promote the gift of sight. For more information, click here.

Crystal Cornea Award
The Crystal Cornea Award is presented to individuals or organizations whose work promotes the gift of sight and brings public awareness to corneal donation. This honor is typically awarded to media organizations, lawmakers, or individuals for outstanding contributions. For more information, click here.

Fund Your Research with the 2019 Richard Lindstrom Research Grant

The submission cycle for the 2019 EBAA Richard Lindstrom Research Grants is currently open. Each year, EBAA awards grants to various individuals in the research, ophthalmic and eye banking communities to provide support for projects specifically concerned with issues directly related to eye banking and/or corneal transplantation. Researchers looking to fund pilot projects, well-defined short-term protocols, or initial studies directed toward new research initiatives are encouraged to apply.

Secure funding for your research by applying for the grant today. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 25. For more information and to apply, click here.
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In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the EBAA office will be closed on Monday, January 21. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 22.

Eye Bank News

Effective as of December 31, 2018, Linda L. Lewis, CEBT has retired and resigned her position as Executive Director of the Lions Eye Bank of NW PA Inc. Holly E. Fetzner, CMA, CEBT assumed the position, effective January 1, 2019.

As of January 7, Esther Baker is the new executive director of Iowa Lions Eye Bank.

Save the date: Cornea 360

Join the leaders in cornea and anterior segment for a stimulating content and networking experience at the inaugural Cornea 360. Hosted by the Cornea Society, APEX and CEDARS/ASPEN. Cornea 360 will be an opportunity for learning the most up-to-date information, collaborating with leaders in the fields of corneal research and clinical practice, and communicating with industry leaders at the cutting edge of research in these fields. The conference will emphasize interactive sessions among audience and speakers, panel discussions, and live social media feedback.

Plan to attend April 4 – 6, 2019, at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona. Visit Cornea360.org to register and learn more.
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Upcoming Events and Reminders

2019 Technician Education Seminar (TES)
January 31 – February 2, 2019
Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley
Philadelphia, PA

Webinar: The CEBT Exam: Updates, Information, & Resources
January 24, 2019
2 PM Eastern

15th Annual FDA and the Changing Paradigm for HCT/P Regulation
February 4 – 5, 2019
Grand Hyatt Washington
Washington, DC

February Webinar: Let’s Get Together: Enhancing Collaboration on Shared Cases
February 14, 2019
2 pm Eastern

March Webinar: Referral to Recovery – Increasing High Quality Ocular Outcomes
March 6, 2019
2 pm Eastern

April Webinar: An Introduction to Lean Methodology in Eye Banking
April 24, 2019
2 pm Eastern

Save the Date
EBAA 2019 Annual Meeting
June 5 – 8, 2019
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Scottsdale, AZ