Research Agenda Setting Project and Protocol (RASP)

  • Andrew G. Lee
  • Carmel B. Dyer
  • Mariam Hussain
  • T. Ashwini Kini

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The Research Agenda Setting Project (RASP) is the result of the John A. Hartford Foundation and the American Geriatrics Society’s efforts in 2001 to reach specific goals. These include: 1. Increasing research activity in the field of geriatrics within specific surgical and medical specialties 2. Attracting new specialty researchers to study and meet the unique needs and requirements of the older patient in these specific surgical and related medical specialties 3. Expanding the number and quality of age related research grant applications 4. Improving the well-being of older patients in specialty care. Essentially, the function of RASP is to look at existing literature, identify gaps in knowledge base, and propose a list of research topics to fill those gaps in the knowledge base.


The aim of this video is to help geriatric ophthalmologic researchers by providing ideas and background for geriatric specific subspecialty research. The video discusses the agenda setting process and the levels of evidence explanations.

About the Author

Andrew G. Lee

Andrew G. Lee, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Virginia undergraduate school and the School of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmology residency and was the chief resident at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in 1993. Following residency, Dr. Lee completed a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology with Neil R. Miller MD at the Wilmer Eye Institute and was a post-doctoral Fight for Sight fellow at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland from 1993-1994. He was formerly an Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston from 1994-2000. He has published over 240 peer reviewed articles, 40 book chapters, and two full textbooks in ophthalmology. Dr. Lee serves on the Editorial Board of 12 journals including the American Journal of Ophthalmology, the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, and Eye. He has received the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Honor Award, the AAO Secretariat Award, and the AAO Senior Achievement Award.

Carmel B. Dyer

Carmel B. Dyer, MD, AGSF, FACP Ranked one of the nation’s top geriatricians, Carmel Bitondo Dyer, MD, has served as a clinician, researcher, educator, and administrator for more than 25 years. As executive director of the Consortium on Aging at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and executive vice chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, Dyer promotes a circle of care concept to deliver comprehensive, age-appropriate care to older adults. Her areas of expertise include preventing elder abuse, developing innovative models of health care, and building interprofessional teams that work together on behalf of vulnerable patients. In addition to her executive leadership roles, Dyer is the Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Chair in Gerontology, Vincent F. and Nancy P. Guinee Distinguished Chair, and Professor in the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine at UTHealth. She cares for patients at UT Physicians Center for Healthy Aging-Bellaire.

Mariam Hussain

Mariam Hussain Texas A&M College of Medicine

T. Ashwini Kini

T. Ashwini Kini, MD Neuro-ophthalmology fellow 2018-2019, Houston Methodist


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Andrew G. Lee
Carmel B. Dyer
Mariam Hussain
T. Ashwini Kini
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Springer, Cham
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Video Transcript


Hi. I’m Mariam Hussain. I’m a third-year medical student at Texas A&M College of Medicine. And I’m going to be talking with Dr. Andrew Lee, who’s an ophthalmologist at Houston Methodist Hospital as well as Dr. Dyer, who works in geriatric medicine and palliative care at UTHealth.

We’re going to talk about RASP, which is a Research Agenda Setting Protocol and project. RASP is important because it sets agendas for ophthalmology specifically related to geriatric medicine.