The Annual VPI Research Conference

The Vision Performance Institute at Pacific University, College of Optometry will hold its 8th Annual Research Conference on February 19-20, 2016 at its Forest Grove Campus in Oregon.

The annual VPI Research Conference provides the latest studies and results concerning optometry and vision science. This year, we are honored to have Earl Smith, Dean of the College of Optometry at University of Houston, to give a keynote speech on "Visual Regulation of Refractive Development: Implications for Myopia. We will also devote a three-hour session to the theory and practice of myopia control.  We are also honored to have Dr. David Huang, David Huang, MD, PhD, Peterson Professor of Ophthalmology & Professor of Biomedical Engineering at OHSU, to give a talk on Smartphone based vision screening.  In addition, we will have sessions on research in amblyopia treatment, contact len design, vision diagnositics, and visual discomfort in susutained tasks.  At the VPI we specialize in understanding the viewer visual experience. We work with industrial partners to develop and test new display technologies and ophthalmic devices that augment visual functions and reduces visual discomfort. We also work with clinical practitioners to apply the newest display methods to facilitate the diagnosis, treatment, and training of patients. We invite industrial researchers, ophthalmologists, optometrists, scholars, patients, and educators to participate in our conference. 

For an outline of the conference schedule and registration process details, please download the conference brochure (pdf). Online registration is available. Please send any questions or inquiries regarding the conference to Shun-nan Yang (at

Transportation & Lodging

The meeting will be held on the campus of Pacific University, located in Forest Grove, Oregon, and 25 miles west of Portland. Flights arrive at Portland International Airport (PDX). Rental cars are suggested for the 45 to 60 minute drive to Forest Grove.

On-campus housing is available for those who prefer relaxed and convenient accommodations. Comfortable four-bedroom, two bath suites with kitchenettes are available on the Pacific University campus.

For more information, contact Conference and Event Support Services at or 503-352-2240. Housing is also available at the nearby McMenamin's Grand Lodge and Best Western University Inn and Suites.