Age-Related Macular Degeneration Research and Treatment
The Retina Foundation of the Southwest is an international leader in research. We perform groundbreaking clinical trials for patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). If you are over the age of 18 and interested in participating in an age-related macular degeneration study, contact our AMD clinical research staff at amdtrials@rfsw.org.

Our multidisciplinary team conducts various types of research to better understand age-related macular degeneration, develop ways to slow the progression, and discover better treatment options. We participate in studies funded by pharmaceutical companies, the National Eye Institute, and our own investigator-initiated studies.

Participate in an AMD Clinical Research Study
Individuals with age-related macular degeneration are needed to participate in clinical trials for research efforts to move forward in developing treatment options. Anyone who has a diagnosis of AMD and is over the age of 18 years old is welcome to participate in the research studies being conducted at the Retina Foundation. An initial screening process will determine eligibility for participation in one of our AMD studies.

Your participation in a clinical trial is the most valuable contribution you can make towards the development of future treatment options. Dr. Csaky’s team will meet with you to review your eligibility, possible risks, benefits, and the details of participating in a specific trial.

If you are interested in participating or if you would like more information, please contact our AMD clinical research staff at amdtrials@rfsw.org. The individual coordinators can also be reached at:

Abigail Christie
214.363.3911, ext. 118

Kimberly Cummings
214.363.3911, ext. 128

Renee Denlar
214.363.3911, ext. 145


The Patient Experience

In this video, you will walk through a typical patient experience at the Retina Foundation with Abigail Christie, Research Associate. This experience is relevant for patients diagnosed with AMD and referred to the Retina Foundation for research and treatment opportunities.

Senior Eye Exam

Treating Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

There is no cure, or treatment, for dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) at this time. Individuals diagnosed with advanced wet AMD can receive injections of therapeutic drugs in the eye to slow the progression of vision loss. Patients that are able to receive therapeutic injections will seek treatment with their eye doctor.

Approximately ninety-five percent of AMD patients are diagnosed with dry AMD. Researchers at the Retina Foundation are working diligently to find treatments for these individuals. Funding for this research is a crucial part of discovering treatments. Our AMD research is supported by individuals, foundations, and pharmaceutical/biotechnology corporations.

Should you have any questions about clinical trials being conducted at the Retina Foundation, or should you wish to join a trial, please contact our AMD clinical research staff at amdtrials@rfsw.org.

AMD CLINICAL STUDIES WE ARE CURRENTLY ENROLLING FOR:

Boston Image Reading Center
For detailed information go to clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/home: NCT#: 03688243
Research Coordinator: Abigail Christie
Phone: 214.363.3911, ext. 118
Study Title: Non Exudative Age-Related Macular Degeneration Imaged With Swept Source Optical Coherence Tomography

Genentech, Inc.
For detailed information go to clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/home: NCT#: 03972709
Research Coordinator: Renee Denlar
Phone: 214.363.3911, ext. 145
Study Title: A Phase II, Multicenter, Randomized, Single-Masked, Sham-Controlled Study to Assess Safety, Tolerability, and Efficacy of Intravitreal Injections of FHTR2163 in Patients With Geographic Atrophy Secondary to Age-Related Macular Degeneration (GALLEGO)

Gyroscope Therapeutics
For detailed information go to clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/home: NCT#: 03894020
Research Coordinator: Abigail Christie
Phone: 214.363.3911, ext. 118
Study Title: A Study of Disease Progression in Genetically Defined Subjects With Geographic Atrophy (GA) Secondary to Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

National Eye Institute (NEI)
For detailed information go to clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/home: NCT#: 03092492
Research Coordinator: Renee Denlar
Phone: 214.363.3911, ext. 145
Study Title: AMD Ryan Initiative Study

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
For detailed information go to clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/home: NCT#: 03815825
Research Coordinator: Kimberly Cummings
Phone: 214.363.3911, ext. 128
Study Title: A Phase 2, Randomized Placebo-Controlled, Double-Masked Study to Assess Safety and Efficacy of Multiple Doses of IONIS-FB-LRx, an Antisense Inhibitor of Complement Factor B, in Patients With Geographic Atrophy Secondary to Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

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