Diabetic Retinopathy: Where We Are and A Path to Progress

DIABETIC RETINOPATHY: WHERE WE ARE AND A PATH TO PROGRESS

In the second topic of focus, the Lasker/IRRF Initiative chose to explore diabetic retinopathy because it is one of the leading causes of visual impairment and blindness in the world. With the rapid increase in obesity and the close link between diabetes and obesity, complications of diabetes, including retinopathy, are likely to be even more prevalent in the future.  Two workshops were held during the summer of 2011 at Woods Hole, MA followed by a plenary session in March, 2012 at the Janelia Farm Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Ashburn, VA.  Participants identified key unsolved issues and important opportunities in diabetic retinopathy which, by using modern day experimental tools, may now be experimentally addressed.

For further information about the Initiative or for additional copies of this report, please contact:  Sandra Blackwood, Executive Director, The International Retinal Research Foundation at sblackwood@irrfonline.org

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