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#21 Search Clinical Trials -

Here are some clinical trials looking for participants. If you google “clinical trials for macular degeneration” additional trials pop up.

1. www.amd.org/macular-degeneration-research/clinical-trials-for-wet-amd

2. www.visionaware.org
A discussion of stem cell treatment is found on this site. The studies so far have been small numbers of patients, but show encouraging results.

3. www.centrewatch.com  –

This site lists trials by state.

4. www.hopkinsmedicine.org
Under the “I want to” section, click on “search clinical trials”.

5. www.clinicaltrials.gov
Lots of trials on this site including some using eye drops in combination with injections.

6. https://www.nih.gov/…clinical-research-trials…/age-related-macular-degeneration-amd

The number of clinical trials is encouraging to me because it demonstrates the amount of research that’s happening. The trials I’ve listed are a sample of some that are available. They can give you a start in your research to discover what trials are out there.

This trial isn’t recruiting volunteers but I have included it for information.


The First Stem Cell Clinical Trial for Wet Macular
Degeneration Is Underway in London

A pioneering clinical trial of a new treatment derived from embryonic stem cells for people with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has been initiated at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, following a successful operation on a 60-year-old woman. She is the first of 10 persons with wet AMD who will receive the stem cell treatment as part of an 18-month clinical trial to test the safety and effectiveness of this procedure.

In the United States, Ocata Therapeutics has revealed positive results from its small (18-patient) early-stage clinical trials of human embryonic stem cells (hESC) for the treatment of dry age-related macular degeneration and Stargardt disease.

Interesting. Yes? Did you notice the trial in the United States is for the treatment of dry macular?

On one of Millie’s visits to the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkin Hospital, the doctor asked her if she’d like to participate in a study. The study involved a surgical procedure to treat macular degeneration. The doctor explained that the computer picked who was in the study and who was in the control group. Millie said yes and was disappointed when she wasn’t selected. They assured her if the surgery worked, they would stop the trial and offer everyone the surgery. As it turned out, the surgery wasn’t effective.

But one day – either surgery or a medicine will stop macular degeneration in its tracks for good!!

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