The purpose of this TFOS Travel Award Program is to provide partial travel support to 15 young investigators, who demonstrate significant achievements in the field of tear film and ocular surface research. The amount of the Travel Award will be $1,500 (USD; European applicants) or $2,000 (USD; non-European applicants). The Travel Award will be accompanied by a waiver of the registration fee. The Award winner will also be asked to Co-Chair an oral or platform session.

To apply for this Travel Award an applicant must be the abstract’s first author, as well as a student, or a postdoctoral fellow, or an individual under the age of 40 years. In addition, the applicant must submit an abstract by May 27, 2016. The applicant must be present at the Conference to be eligible for a grant. Winners will be notified by June 17, 2016, and they will be announced at the Conference.

If an applicant does not win an award, that individual must register for the Conference by June 30, 2016, in order to have their abstract considered for presentation.

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The 8th International Conference on the Tear Film & Ocular Surface: Basic Science and Clinical Relevance will occur from September 7-10, 2016, at the Corum in Montpellier, France. This Conference is sponsored by TFOS ( and is designed to assess the current knowledge and ‘state of the art’ research on the structure and function of the tear film and ocular surface in health and disease. The TFOS Conference will also promote an international exchange of information that will be of value to basic scientists involved in eye research, to clinicians in the eye care community, and to companies with an interest in the diagnosis and/or treatment of tear film and ocular surface disorders.

Title Sponsor: Alcon
Platinum Sponsors: Allergan & Shire
Gold Sponsor: Santen
Silver Sponsor: SIFI
Bronze Sponsors: Bloomage Biotech, Dompé, Laboratoires Théa, TearLab
Sponsors: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Akorn, Senju, inflamax, Lexitas

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