VeDA staff travels to NYC and Boston to connect with vestibular patients and medical professionals.
Last week VeDA's development director, Tony Staser, left the temperate climes of our headquarters in Portland, Oregon for New York City - where he landed smack dab in the middle of a snow storm! Tony's trip is just one step of our effort todevelop partnerships with patients and healthcare professionals that will help VeDA spread our message to reach an ever widening audience and increase awareness about vestibular disorders.
Tony was joined by long-time VeDA board member and Boston area support group leader, Claire Haddad, and together they met with a group of VeDA stakeholders who are passionate about improving vestibular patient care. More than one participant expressed interest in joining a VeDA committee, and several are working together to launch a support group. Tony also met with professionals from the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary and the Rusk Institute.
From New York, Tony accompanied Claire to her home town of Boston, Massachusetts, where they met with researchers at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. They learned about eight small start-up pharmaceutical companies who are exploring treatments for vestibular disorders, and spoke to Dr. Steven Rauch about the importance of training vestibular specialists.
Overall, Tony and Claire were thrilled at the outpouring of support they received during their trip, and excited to find ways to engage so many new people in VeDA's outreach efforts.
Stay tuned for more updates on VeDA's advocacy program.