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May 9, 2006

Hageman Selected To Receive Roger H. Johnson Macular Degeneration Prize

Gregory Hageman, Ph.D., professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been selected to receive the 2006 Roger Johnson Macular Degeneration Prize managed by the University of Washington Department of Ophthalmology.

Hageman will be honored and deliver the annual Roger H. Johnson Macular Degeneration Lecture June 17 in Seattle during the University of Washington Department of Ophthalmology Resident Alumni Day.

The prize was established by Roger Johnson, M.D., clinical professor emeritus of ophthalmology at the University of Washington, to stimulate clinical and basic science research into the causes and treatments for macular degeneration. Every two years the prize honors a clinician or scientist who has made the most significant contribution to the field, based on articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

Hageman was honored for research that includes his role in determining that variations in the factor H gene, a gene that regulates inflammation, increase the likelihood of an older person developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Since then, he has worked with collaborators to show that variations in the factor B gene also contribute to AMD risk.

Together factor H and factor B account for nearly three out of four cases of the disease. In the United Sates alone, one-third of people age 70 and older show signs of AMD.

"It's a wonderful honor to receive the Roger Johnson prize. I really consider it a tribute to our entire team, since this research depends on so many others who are committed to advancing the diagnosis and treatment of this widespread disease," Hageman said.

These UI news releases provide additional information about factor H and factor B gene research: www.uiowa.edu/~ournews/2005/may/050205amd_study.html and www.uiowa.edu/~ournews/2006/march/030606macular-degeneration.html.

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