On Wednesday, February 19, the Global Health Lecture Series will feature Dr. Jordi Monés, Director, Barcelona Macula Foundation: Research for Vision Director, Institut e la Macula i de la Retina Barcelona, Spain. The title of his presentation will be “Inclusion criteria: Key to clinical trial success.” The lecture will be held at 11 a.m. in the Lawton Chiles International House (Stone House), Bldg. 16, on the NIH Campus.
In his lecture, Dr. Monés will talk about how understanding the rate at which geographic atrophy occurs in age-related macular degeneration is necessary to characterize its natural history, to obtain an individual prognosis, and, in particular, to better define eligibility criteria for assessing efficacy outcomes in clinical trials. Fundus auto fluorescence patterns are currently the most accepted prognostic predictors. However, an analysis of patients indicates that size is a major driver of progression. In addition, a lack of linearity was evident when evaluating the speed of progression. Accurately stratifying patients based on lesion size and taking the different growth behaviors over time into consideration may be important in order to obtain a more accurate evaluation of the effect of interventional therapies.
Dr. Monés is a macula and vitreorretinal specialist and researcher. He is director of the Institut de la Màcula i de la Retina and of the Barcelona Macula Foundation: Research for Vision, which is dedicated to fighting blindness by supporting and conducting research in retinal diseases that currently have no treatment. He is also a researcher at the Networking Research Centre of Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN), and the coordinator of ophthalmology at the Centro Medico Teknon. Dr. Monés is a member of 12 scientific societies, including the Macula Society, the Retina Society, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the European Vision Institute, and the European Association for Vision and Eye Research.
For more information about the lecture, contact: Dr. Gyan “John” Prakash, Associate Director, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The NEI Global Health Vision Lecture Series is sponsored by the National Eye Institute (NEI) and the NIH Global Health Interest Group. The Fogarty International Center is also a sponsor of this and other previous and planned lectures. The series was created by the NEI Office of International Programs in 2012 to foster the global collaboration and exchange of information among international vision researchers and eye health clinical scientists. Lessons learned from global health programs around the world and their applications to healthcare research in the United States are a focus of discussion in these lectures.