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Program in Genetics and Genetic Epidemiology

Epidemiology is the study of the occurrence, frequency and cause of disease in humans. Genetic epidemiology is the study of the role of genetic and molecular factors in health and disease in families and in populations, and the relationships between predisposing genetic and environmental factors. In 1985 the Epidemiology Unit at MEEI was established to evaluate the contribution of environmental factors to ocular disease. With the addition of cutting-edge genetic research, the unit has evolved into the Program in Genetics and Epidemiology at MEEI.

The overall goal of the program is to identify factors that influence the risk of eye disease, making possible strategies to prevent, diagnose and treat ocular conditions responsible for blindness. Presently, the Program in Genetics and Epidemiology includes ongoing projects in macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and fungal infections of the cornea (fungal keratitis).

Funding support



Kathryn Colby, M.D.
Margaret DeAngelis, Ph.D.
Evan Gragoudas, M.D.
Ivana Kim, M.D.

John Loewenstein, M.D.
Joan Miller, M.D.
Louis Pasquale, M.D.
Lucia Sobrin,M.D.
Demitrios Vavvas, M.D.
Janey L. Wiggs, M.D., Ph.D.
Lucy Young, M.D.