National Eye Institute Biorepository for Retinal Diseases

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified April 2014 by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Eye Institute (NEI) ) Identifier:
First received: December 17, 2011
Last updated: November 11, 2014
Last verified: April 2014


- To understand diseases of the retina and the eye, information is needed about people with and without such diseases. Researchers want to study these people and follow them over time. They also want to study body tissues and blood to understand the nature of eye disease. Studying genes, cells, and tissues may help them understand why some people get eye problems and others do not, or why some people respond to treatment while others do not. Researchers want to collect physical samples and personal data to develop a National Eye Institute database.


- To collect health information and blood and tissue samples from people with and without eye diseases, to be used in research studies.


  • Individuals of any age with different types of eye disease.
  • Healthy volunteers with no history of eye disease.


  • Participants may be recruited from National Eye Institute studies or may be referred from other sources.
  • Participants will be screened with a physical exam and medical history. They will also have a full eye exam. Questions will be asked about family medical history, especially about eye disease.
  • Blood samples will be collected. Other samples, such as saliva, tears, hair, stool, and urine, may be collected as needed. Adult participants may also provide a skin sample.
  • Tissue or fluid from eye collected as part of eye care or treatment may also be added to the database.
  • No treatment will be provided as part of this study.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Diabetic Retinopathy
Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome
Retinal Disease
Retinal Vein Occlusion

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: NEI Intramural Biorepository for Retinal Diseases

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Interaction of key parameters of phenotype with genetic variants and other biomarkers.

Estimated Enrollment: 2300
Study Start Date: December 2011
Detailed Description:

This study establishes a clinical database and biospecimen repository for the identification of novel factors relevant to the pathogenesis, progression, and response to treatment of a variety of retinal conditions, particularly age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, and their associated systemic correlates of disease.

Objectives: This study provides for standardized collection of longitudinal clinical data and for serial collection, processing, and storage of a variety of biospecimens. The clinical data set and biospecimen repository will be used to identify novel genetic factors, biomarkers, and experimental models associated with pathogenesis, progression, and response to treatment for various conditions of the retina and their associated systemic correlates of disease.

Study Population: We plan to accrue 500 participants with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), 300 participants with diabetic retinopathy, up to 1,000 participants with other retinal diseases, and 500 participants without any retinal disease.

Design: This is a prospective observational study of multiple retinal diseases and suitable controls incorporating:

  1. Standard of care management of eye diseases with a standardized follow-up and testing schedule; and
  2. Collection of biospecimens for research purposes for which sampling does not incur more than minimal risk to participants.

Outcome Measures: Outcome measures include the interaction of key parameters of phenotype (such as visual acuity and retinal features on ocular imaging) with genetic variants and other biomarkers identified from biospecimens, and the characterization of new experimental models of eye health and disease.


Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Participants will be eligible if they:

  1. Have the ability to understand and sign an informed consent or have a parent/legal guardian to do so if they are minor children.
  2. Manifest diagnosed or undiagnosed retinal disease or could serve as an unaffected control.


Participants will not be eligible if they:

  1. Are unable or unwilling to give informed consent that includes collection and study of at least one peripheral blood sample.
  2. Are unable or unwilling to give informed consent that includes use of NIH medical records and clinical samples for research related to vision and diseases affecting the eyes.
  3. Are unable or unwilling to be managed as clinically indicated.
  4. Have a systemic disease that compromises the ability to provide adequate ophthalmologic examination or treatment.

The eligibility requirements for this protocol are intended to be broadly inclusive, but those individuals found to be ineligible may be evaluated under the NEI Screening Protocol (08-EI-0102) for potential participation in other studies. Adults unable to understand and sign an informed consent are excluded from this study because they are frequently unable to cooperate with evaluation and testing in the manner standardized for other adult participants.

  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01496625

Contact: Meg (Margaret) E Gordon, R.N. (301) 435-1833
Contact: Henry E Wiley, M.D. (301) 451-4260

United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike Recruiting
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Contact: For more information at the NIH Clinical Center contact Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office (PRPL)    800-411-1222 ext TTY8664111010   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Principal Investigator: Henry E Wiley, M.D. National Eye Institute (NEI)
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Eye Institute (NEI) ) Identifier: NCT01496625     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 120042, 12-EI-0042
Study First Received: December 17, 2011
Last Updated: November 11, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Biological Specimens
Retinal Disease
Phenotype-Genotype correlation
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Diabetic Retinopathy
Healthy Volunteer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Von Hippel-Lindau Disease
Diabetic Retinopathy
Macular Degeneration
Retinal Diseases
Retinal Vein Occlusion
Cardiovascular Diseases
Diabetes Complications
Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetic Angiopathies
Embolism and Thrombosis
Endocrine System Diseases
Eye Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurocutaneous Syndromes
Retinal Degeneration
Vascular Diseases
Venous Thrombosis processed this record on March 26, 2015