Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Application

Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications
Building 10, 10 CRC, Room 3-253
10 Center Drive, MSC 1204
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-1204
Phone: (301) 496-6583
Fax: (301) 496-7295

The Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications (DECA) has three main functions: research, education, and consultation.

Research is the dominant function. It is the Division’s mission to plan, develop, and conduct human population studies concerned with the cause, prevention, and treatment of eye disease and vision disorders, with emphasis on the major causes of blindness and visual impairment. This includes studies of incidence and prevalence in defined populations, prospective and retrospective studies of risk factors, natural history studies, clinical trials, genetic studies, and studies to evaluate diagnostic procedures.

The DECA carries out a program of education in biometric and epidemiologic principles and methods for the vision research community. This program consists of courses, workshops, a fellowship program for ophthalmologists, publications, and consultation and collaboration on research.

The Division provides biometric and epidemiologic assistance to National Eye Institute (NEI) intramural and extramural staff and to vision research workers elsewhere. The assistance ranges from consultation to collaboration as co-investigators. It provides scientific support to investigators at the NIH Clinical Center as well as extramurally. It provides scientific support to investigators at the NIH Clinical Center as well as extramurally.

Staff

DECA - Clinical Trials Branch

Name Title E-mail
Frederick L. Ferris III, M.D.
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Director, DECA
NEI Clinical Director
flf@nei.nih.gov
Emily Y. Chew, M.D.
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Deputy Director, DECA
Chief, DECA, Clinical Trials Branch
echew@nei.nih.gov
Catherine Cukras, M.D. Staff Clinician cukrasc@nei.nih.gov
Henry Wiley, M.D. Staff Clinician wileyhe@nei.nih.gov
Jesia Hasan, M.D. Clinical Fellow jesia.hasan@nih.gov
David Valent, M.D. Clinical Fellow david.valent@nih.gov
Elvira Agron, M.S.
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Mathematical Statistician exa@nei.nih.gov
Susan Vitale, Ph.D.
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Research Epidemiologist sev@nei.nih.gov
Wanda Coleman Program Coordinator wcoleman@nei.nih.gov

DECA - Epidemiology Branch

Name Title E-mail
Mary Frances Cotch, Ph.D.
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Chief, DECA, Epidemiology Branch mfc@nei.nih.gov
Diana E. Fisher Statistician (Medicine) diana.fisher@nih.gov
Last Reviewed: 
December 2014