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National Eye Institute Announces New Clinical Trials Database on Their Website


A new interactive, searchable clinical trial database has been addedto the National Eye Institute’s (NEI) web site atwww.nei.nih.gov.The database provides detailed information on ongoing and completedclinical trials supported and conducted by the NEI since 1970.

Each trial description includes information on the background andpurpose of the study, patient eligibility criteria, patientrecruitment, current status of the study, results to date, abibliography, and implications for clinical practice. Listings areincluded for the study chairperson, participating clinical centers,resource centers, and NEI staff representatives.

You can search for a trial by keyword, eye disease, or location.Information also is provided on how to participate in a trial as wellas how to refer a patient to a trial.

The NEI web site has been in operation for one year and has receivedapproximately 100,000 visitors. It provides a broad spectrum ofinformation about eye diseases and vision research.

“The NEI web site is a unique source of information for allaudiences,” said Carl Kupfer, M.D., director of the NEI. “Fromthe researcher who wants to know about current NEI intramural studieson uveitis, to the recently diagnosed patient who wants to know moreabout age-related macular degeneration, to the teacher who wants toeducate students about vision, the NEI web site provides access to awide range of eye-related topics.”

Visitors navigate through the web site by identifying themselves asmembers of the following audiences:

  • Researchers
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Public and Patients
  • Educators
  • Media

Some of the other highlights of the NEI web site include:

  • Information on the grant funding process and fellowshipopportunities
  • Clinical alerts, news releases, full text of publications, andon-line ordering
  • Links to National Institutes of Health and other Federal websites
  • Information and materials from the National Eye Health EducationProgram

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June 2001