Macular Degeneration Study at UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute

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.

8 thoughts on “Macular Degeneration Study at UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute”

  1. I heard a radio program on Aug 14 as I was driving from Oregon to Texas to see my father who has Macular degeneration. He is 93 and says his type is the “wet” type. I am 68 and do not (yet) have it am interested in the program mentioned on that program for such as me and my dad.

    1. Mr. Russell,

      Thank you for your query. Please call me at 415 694 7363. I would be happy to connect you with resources in your area.

  2. I am 74 years old and was diagnosed with dry macular degeneration approximately 13 years ago. It has reached the stage, in my left eye, where I have the spot in the center of my eye. I have also been diagnosed with AMD in my right eye; however, I have no outward symptoms.

    I have attended lectures on stem cell research, and have heard that studies are underway regarding stem cells helping the vision of AMD sufferers. Is this treaatment realistically going to be available during my lifetime?

    Are there studies that are being used on volunteers yet?

    Thank you in advance for your response.

  3. hello, my mother is 84 and has macular degeneration. would like to know if there is anything that could help her.

    Thank You

  4. Your mother should continue to receive regular care from her retinal specialist. If her current ophthalmologist isn’t a retinal specialist ask that doctor for a referral to such a specialist.

    There are two forms of macular degeneration – wet and dry. Wet macular degeneration can progress quickly, but there are several treatments that can slow or even halt the progression of the disease. Dry macular degeneration progresses slowly, but there is currently no treatment for it. However, research continues on both forms of the condition.

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