On June 14, the National Eye Institute
sponsored a symposium called, "Age-Related Macular Degeneration
and Complement Factor H."
|Dr. Jurg Ott (l), Rockefeller University;
Dr. Robert Nussbaum, NHGRI (c); and NEI’s Dr. Emily Chew,
symposium organizer, gather at the meeting.
||NEI director Dr. Paul Sieving
moderated the symposium.
New research recently published in Science and Proceedings
of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that scientists
including NIH investigators and grantees have identified a gene
that is "strongly associated" with a person's risk for developing
AMD, the leading cause of blindness for older Americans. This
discovery, made by four independent teams, may lead to early
detection and new strategies for prevention and treatment for
this debilitating eye disease.
|A panel discussion
featured all of the AMD and complement factor H investigators
and other participants.
||The symposium drew great interest
and was well attended..
The symposium featured lead authors of the four recent publications,
presenting their data on the discovery of the association of AMD
and complement factor H.
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