The Jules Stein Eye Institute at University of California, Los Angeles is seeking clinical research volunteers. Dr. Michael B. Gorin is conducting a nationwide study of genetic and other risk factors that contribute to the development of age-related macular degeneration (also known as Age-Related Maculopathy). Individuals or members of their family may be eligible to participate in this observational study (this is not a treatment trial) which does not require that individuals travel to UCLA, but allows individuals to participate through a confidential and secure website. Individuals will be required to give 1 saliva sample or have their blood drawn (20 ml). Photographs of the retina will be covered by the study.
The study is looking for:
1. Individuals from 49 to 65 years old who have/had a least one parent with macular degeneration. Spouses or partners will be included.
2. The parent(s) who have Age-Related Macular degeneration or have a first-degree relative with the disease (siblings).
If an individual wishes to learn more about this study, they can go to the following website and read about the study with complete anonymity (and even send questions to the research coordinators).
Call Dr. Michael B. Gorin or a research coordinator at 1-800-286-8581 for more information.