We are the core imaging lab within the University of Wisconsin – Madison Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences studying diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, uveitis and other ophthalmic diseases.The Fundus Photograph Reading Center (FPRC) was founded on the enduring principles of intellectual honesty, quality, relevance, innovation and staff satisfaction.
We serve a wide range of academic institutions, foundations, pharmaceutical companies and biotech firms including the National Eye Institute, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases, Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network and the Department of Defense.
Meet the FPRC Leadership Team
Barbara A. Blodi
Professor, Medical Director of the Fundus Photograph Reading Center
Ophthalmologist; Research Director of the Fundus Photograph Reading Center
Michael M. Altaweel
Professor; Co-Director of the Fundus Photograph Reading Center
Senior Admin Program Specialist
For early phase clinical trials, we offer a streamlined approach tailored to the needs of the study and sponsor.
- Consultation on protocol design
- Project management
- Image analysis
- Certification and regulatory compliance
- Consultation on protocol design
- Defining ocular disease outcomes
- Study protocol/start-up training
- On Site/off Site and web based training on imaging protocols
- Certification of photography equipment and operators
- Project management
- Electronic upload of digital images
- DICOM conversion
- Inventory tracking
- Query monitoring
- Image quality monitoring and reporting
- Reproducibility reports for evaluation data
- Collaboration on manuscript preparation
- Storage and archival of study images
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Macular Edema
- Vein Occlusion
- Infectious and non-infectious Uveitis
- Cytomegalovirus retinitis
- Lens opacities
- Glaucoma and neurodegenerative diseases
- Safety studies to monitor toxicity
- Optical Coherence Tomography (quantitative and layer analysis)
- Fundus autofluorescence (SLO and camera-based)
- Color fundus photography
- Fluorescein and ICG angiograms
- Red reflex, retroillumination and slit lamp lens photographs
- Independent Quality Assurance workgroup, reporting directly to the General Manager
- FPRC Documentation is compliant with ICH (International Conference on Harmonisation) guidelines and global regulatory requirements.
- FPRC developed software is compliant with 21 CFR Part 11, ICH and other applicable global regulatory requirements.
- FPRC staff are trained in HIPAA, human subjects and regulatory compliance and follow a detailed set of policies and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
- Expert FDA hearing support
All imaging technicians and equipment participating in any of our studies are required to be certified by the UW-FPRC for each specific study and each specific procedure within that study, prior to submitting study participant images.
recent publications and NEWS
Cyp1b1-deficient retinal astrocytes are more proliferative and migratory, and are protected from oxidative stress and inflammation.
Mar 21 2019 // PubMed ID: 30892936 Author(s): Falero-Perez J, Sorenson CM, Sheibani N. Cyp1b1-deficient retinal astrocytes are more proliferative and migratory, and are protected from oxidative stress and inflammation. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2019 Mar 20. doi:…
Reading Centers in The Era of Artificial Intelligence: 2018 Retina Times Article
Mar 13 2019 // Barbara Blodi, MD, professor and medical director of the Fundus Photograph Reading Center (FPRC), and Amitha Domalpally, MD, research director of the FPRC were recently panelists for the Retina Times article, “Exploring the Role of…
Light/dark cycling causes delayed lipid accumulation and increased photoperiod-based biomass yield by altering metabolic flux in oleaginous Chlamydomonas sp.
Mar 05 2019 // PubMed ID: 30828384 Author(s): Kato Y, Fujihara Y, Vavricka CJ, Chang JS, Hasunuma T, Kondo A. Light/dark cycling causes delayed lipid accumulation and increased photoperiod-based biomass yield by altering metabolic flux in oleaginous Chlamydomonas sp.…
Non-paraneoplastic autoimmune retinopathy: multimodal testing characteristics of 13 cases.
Feb 27 2019 // PubMed ID: 30806850 Author(s): Khanna S, Martins A, Oakey Z, Mititelu M. Non-paraneoplastic autoimmune retinopathy: multimodal testing characteristics of 13 cases. J Ophthalmic Inflamm Infect. 2019 Feb 26;9(1):6. doi: 10.1186/s12348-019-0171-1. Journal: Journal Of Ophthalmic Inflammation…
Identification of barriers, facilitators and system-based implementation strategies to increase teleophthalmology use for diabetic eye screening in a rural US primary care clinic: a qualitative study.
Feb 21 2019 // PubMed ID: 30782868 Author(s): Liu Y, Zupan NJ, Swearingen R, Jacobson N, Carlson JN, Mahoney JE, Klein R, Bjelland TD, Smith MA. Identification of barriers, facilitators and system-based implementation strategies to increase teleophthalmology use for…
Novel Paracrine Functions of Smooth Muscle Cells in Supporting Endothelial Regeneration Following Arterial Injury.
Feb 12 2019 // PubMed ID: 30739581 Author(s): Ren J, Zhou T, Pilli VS, Phan NM, Wang Q, Gupta K, Liu Z, Sheibani N, Liu B. Novel Paracrine Functions of Smooth Muscle Cells in Supporting Endothelial Regeneration Following Arterial…
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