The Clinical Center of Innovation for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) was established in January 2015 to pioneer, transform and accelerate a new method of medical research to improve diagnosis and treatment for age-related macular degeneration.

The Retina Foundation of the Southwest (RFSW) and the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University (SMU) are excited to bring together their clinical experts in AMD, engineering expertise in innovation, and the technical expertise of researchers focus on specific clinical patient needs and rapidly prototype diagnostic and clinical treatment approaches.

This collaboration will improve medical research for AMD on two very important levels:

Currently, the medical research model has been predicted on general patient outcomes, which becomes much less effective with highly stratified diseases, like AMD. Utilizing the Patient-First Medici Model, this collaboration can achieve the end goal of personalized medicine that can better understand disease specifics and create corresponding treatments tailored for each individual patient.

If the transformative process of the Clinical Center of Innovation for Age-Related Macular Degeneration is successful, there is potential for the Patient-First Medici Model to be replicated in other areas of medical research as an effective and efficient new process to accelerate the path to clinical trials. We hope the work done on behalf of AMD might eventually help hasten research for treatment and cures of other diseases.

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