CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: Sept. 19, 2000
Belle Plaine area residents invited to participate in UI macular degeneration
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Health Care researchers invite people
in the Belle Plaine area to participate in a study on age-related macular
degeneration (AMD). The special research day will be Wednesday, Sept. 27 at
the Belle Plaine Community Center located at 1309 5th Ave. People may attend
either the 9 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. session. Each session will last approximately
three hours, and lunch will be provided at 11:45 a.m. for those participating
in the study.
Two types of participants are eligible for the study. Participants without
age-related macular degeneration must be age 75 or older. These individuals
do not need to have perfect vision to participate but they should not have
an extensive history of eye problems. Participants with AMD may be any age.
The researchers also will welcome families with a large number of people affected
by AMD (five to 10 affected family members).
Participants will be asked to answer a brief health questionnaire, have
two blood samples drawn and have a picture taken of the back of their eyes.
Because participants will have their eyes dilated for the photograph, they
should arrange to have a family member or friend provide transportation.
The study is being led by Gregory Hageman, Ph.D., and Edwin M. Stone, M.D.,
Ph.D., both UI professors of ophthalmology and visual sciences, and aims to
identify the genes and other factors responsible for AMD, the leading cause
of irreversible vision loss in the United States.
For more information or to express your interest in participating in the
study, call the UI Center for Macular Degeneration at (319) 384-9270.
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