Age-related macular

degeneration (AMD)...

...continues to be the leading cause of blindness in people over 65 years of age, and in the United States alone, this population age range is expected to reach 70 million by the year 2050. It is estimated that up to 20% of those individuals older than 65 is at risk for developing AMD and increases to 37% by age 75. Read more



Annual Report

Diabetic Retinopathy:

Where We Are and A Path to Progress

In the second topic of focus, the Lasker/IRRF Initiative chose to explore diabetic retinopathy because it is one of the leading causes of visual impairment and blindness in the world. With the rapid increase in obesity and the close link between diabetes and obesity, complications of diabetes, including retinopathy, are likely to be even more prevalent in the future.  Two workshops were held during the summer of 2011 at Woods Hole, MA followed by a plenary session in March, 2012 at the Janelia Farm Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Ashburn, VA.  Participants identified key unsolved issues and important opportunities in diabetic retinopathy which, by using modern day experimental tools, may now be experimentally address.

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For further information about the Initiative or for additional copies of this report, please contact:  Sandra Blackwood, Executive Director, The International Retinal Research Foundation at

Conceived and produced by Larry A. Donoso, MD, PhD.


The IRRF will not accept grant applications for new funding in 2014. However, qualified requests for renewal of existing grants and Postdoctoral Scholar Awards will be accepted. Scholar Award applications must be received no later than March 1, 2014. Renewal requests for existing grants must be received no later than May 1, 2014. All applications must adhere to existing guidelines.