WinR Mentoring Program

The purpose of Women in Retina (WinR) is to partner with industry to create a year-round mentoring program for young women retina specialists.


WinR was founded in 2007 with the help of Genentech, Inc. It has found its niche at the ASRS Annual Meeting where it brings together women members for mentoring, networking, collegiality, and inspiration during the WinR luncheon and the WinR Fluorescein Case Conference.

Although the ASRS Annual Meeting is just once a year; there are many more opportunities throughout the year to interact with and inspire young women retina specialists. Our long-term goal is to get more women involved in research, presenting at podium, becoming key opinion leaders, and holding prominent positions in organized retina and ophthalmology.


In addition to the ASRS Annual Meeting functions, WinR offers additional mentoring opportunities throughout the year as described below:


AAO Retina Subspecialty Day – November 10-11

The Women in Retina (WinR) Section is now accepting applications for grants to attend the 2017 American Academy of Ophthalmology Retina Subspecialty Day, November 10-11, in New Orleans. ASRS Fellow-in-Training (FIT) members and young ASRS retina specialist members (up to 2 years out of fellowship) are eligible to receive a $2000 travel grant.

If you would like to apply, please fill out the online application and e-mail a copy of your CV to Sam Zerang by October 9.


WinR Winter Fellows Brunch, Chicago, IL – January 28

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet WinR leadership and other ASRS members at the WinR brunch. This invitation is open to all fellows interested in learning more about the WinR mentoring program and networking with others in the specialty. 


ARVO Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI – April 29

WinR will host a luncheon for fellow members and retina fellows at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting. The luncheon is an opportunity to present research, provide practice at the podium, highlight young women’s research and talents, as well as provide coaching.   


ASRS Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada – July 20-24

WinR will host their annual luncheon during the 35th ASRS Annual Meeting. The luncheon will feature a keynote speaker; while the case conference offers WinR members the opportunity to present interesting cases.