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Research on Retinal Diseases

Our lab focuses on the genetic, epidemiological and behavioral underpinnings of macular degeneration and macular dystrophies and finding new therapies. We aim to find the causes, prevention and treatments for these diseases. Our studies provide insights into why the disease occurs in some people and not others, why it progresses to advanced stages in a subgroup of those affected, and how to prevent and delay its progression to reduce the burden of visual loss. Our results have been incorporated into the current management of patients with AMD, and have also led to new targets for therapies determined by the underlying genetic and lifestyle characteristics of patients, which are being tested in clinical trials.

Seddon JM. Macular Degeneration Epidemiology: Nature-Nurture, Lifestyle Factors, Genetic Risk, and Gene-Environment Interactions – The Weisenfeld Award Lecture. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2017;58(14):6513-6528. 

Seddon JM, Rosner B. Validated Prediction Models for Macular Degeneration Progression and Predictors of Visual Acuity Loss Identify High-Risk Individuals. Am J Ophthalmol. 2019;198:223-261.

Macular Degeneration Center of Excellence

UMass Chan Medical School

Medical School Building, 3rd Floor (S3), rooms 119-123
55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA, USA 01655

Contact Us

Research study phone:

Direct office phone:

774-455-4718 or 857-263-7880

To make a clinic appointment with Dr. Seddon in the Eye Center: