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Study on the Genetics of Age-Related Maculopathy (GARM II)

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The Jules Stein Eye Institute at University of California, Los Angeles is seeking clinical research volunteers for a nationwide study to identify the genetics and risk factors for developing age-related macular degeneration (also known as age-related maculopathy).

The goal of this study is to determine how the combination of genetic, dietary, health and exposure factors such as light or smoking contributes to one's risk of developing this condition.

You or members of your family may be eligible to participate in this NIH-funded study, which allows you to participate through this confidential and secure website. It is not a treatment study, and does not involve travel to UCLA.

If you prefer, you may call Dr. Michael B. Gorin or a research coordinator at:

GARM II Study Center
9 am to 5 pm PST

Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA
200 Stein Plaza 3-310 B
Los Angeles, California, 90095-7000

The study is looking for:

1. Individuals from 49 to 65 years old who have/had at least one parent with macular degeneration. Spouses or partners will be included.

2. The parent(s) who have age-related macular degeneration or have a first-degree relative with the disease (siblings).


Participants will complete a series of web-based questionnaires, as well as provide a saliva sample and eye photographs that can be done by a specialist near their home.

There are no costs or payments for participants.

To learn more:

To learn about the study with complete anonymity, and even send questions to the research coordinators, please click on the links below.

How to use this website About enrolling in this Study Informed Consent What happens after I have been enrolled Invite someone else to participate

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UCLA IRB 11-002174
Approval date: May 2, 2013
Expiration date: May 1, 2014