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.
Dr. Barbara Blodi
- U01DK094176 08/15/12-06/30/22 – The George Washington University/NIH
Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (EDIC)
EDIC is a multi-center, longitudinal, observational study that focuses on nephropathy and macrovascular complications. Dr. Blodi’s team at the Fundus Photograph Reading center monitors the development and progression of diabetic retinopathy among study participants, providing training and certification in optical coherence tomography (OCT) for other personnel working on the EDIC grant, as well as grading the OCT images and associated tasks.
- U10EY023521 09/30/13 – 03/31/20 – National Institute of Health/National Eye Institute
Study of Comparative Treatments for Retinal Vein Occlusion 2 [SCORE2] Comparative Trial
The major goals of this phase III trial is to study patients with central retinal vein occlusion. This comparative effectiveness research proposal aims to support a multicenter, prospective, randomized, phase III clinical trial to compare treatment protocols for decreased vision due to macular edema secondary to central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO).
- R01EY025292 (Co-Investigator with Dr. Julie Mares) 06/01/15 – 05/31/20 – National Institute of Health/National Eye Institute
Macular Pigment in Aging and Disease
This research provides the first evidence from long-term studies to determine whether having a low density of lutein and zeaxanthin in the retina of the eye, predicts aging of the retina, the development and progression of age-related macular degeneration, and the loss of vision. Simple techniques exist to measure lutein and zeaxanthin density in the macula of the eye, safely and at low cost. Therefore, this research may provide the opportunity to identify individuals at risk for age-related eye disease in middle-age, and the opportunity to lower risk for eventual vision loss by increasing the intake of lutein and zeaxanthin in foods and supplements and adopting other strategies to lower risk, thereby preserving vision as they age.
- U01DK061230 17-D18 08/01/16-04/30/20 – The George Washington University/NIH
Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents and Youth 2 (TODAY2): Phase 2 Long-Term Post-Intervention Follow-Up
The major goals of this project is to address gaps in knowledge about Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) in juveniles by continuing to follow a well-studied group of adolescents with T2D to identify causes and factors related to development of complications in young adulthood. Role: UW Principal Investigator
- UG1EY023533 04/01/19-03/31/22 – Pennsylvania State University/NIH
The Study of Comparative Treatments for REtinal Vein Occlusion 2 [SCORE2] Long-term Follow up Study
The FPRC provides the reading center component of the SCORE2 LTF trial including writing procedures and certification of imaging systems, project management, submission of images, grading of fundus photographs, OCT scans and fluorescein angiograms, data transfer to the coordinating center, quality control, and analysis of data derived from evaluation of fundus images, OCT and angiograms in conjunction with the study chair, co-chair and the coordinating center.
Institute for Clinical and Translational Research $50,000
BIM Polymorphisms Impact on anti-VEGF Therapy for Neovascular AMD
The goal of this project is to determine whether patients that are non-responsive to anti-VEGF therapy have BIM polymorphisms with dysregulated VEGF and key pro-inflammatory mediator expression.
Dr. Michael Altaweel
- U10EY024531 09/30/14-07/31/20 – National Institute of Health/National Eye Institute
Macular Edema Treatment Trials Associated with MUST (META-MUST)
The major goals of this project are to investigate how uveitis and its association with high rates of visual loss, typically caused by structural complications, of which uveitic macular edema is among the most common. Furthermore, macular edema is the most frequent cause of visual loss among patients with uveitis. The two comparative effectiveness trials will provide an evidence base to guide clinicians in the management of uveitic macular edema.
- UG1 EY028087 09/30/18-8/31/23 – National Institute of Health/National Eye Institute
ADalimimab Vs conventional ImmunoSupprEssion for uveitis (ADVISE) Trial
The major goals of this project are to use a randomized, comparative effectiveness trial of adalimumav vs. conventional immunosuppression for the treatment of non-infectious intermediate, posterior and panuveitides.
recent publications and NEWS
Telemedicine for Glaucoma: Guidelines and Recommendations.
Mar 27 2020 // PubMed ID: 32209001 Author(s): Gan K, Liu Y, Stagg B, Rathi S, Pasquale LR, Damji K. Telemedicine for Glaucoma: Guidelines and Recommendations. Telemed J E Health. 2020 Mar 16. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2020.0009. [Epub ahead of print]…
Practice Guidelines for Ocular Telehealth-Diabetic Retinopathy, Third Edition.
Mar 27 2020 // PubMed ID: 32209018 Author(s): Horton MB, Brady CJ, Cavallerano J, Abramoff M, Barker G, Chiang MF, Crockett CH, Garg S, Karth P, Liu Y, Newman CD, Rathi S, Sheth V, Silva P, Stebbins K, Zimmer-Galler…
Photoreceptor Structure in GNAT2-Associated Achromatopsia.
Mar 24 2020 // PubMed ID: 32203983 Author(s): Georgiou M, Singh N, Kane T, Robson AG, Kalitzeos A, Hirji N, Webster AR, Dubra A, Carroll J, Michaelides M. Photoreceptor Structure in GNAT2-Associated Achromatopsia. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2020 Mar…
Prevalence of Age-related Maculopathy: The Beaver Dam Eye Study.
Mar 24 2020 // PubMed ID: 32200811 Author(s): Klein R, Klein BEK, Linton KLP. Prevalence of Age-related Maculopathy: The Beaver Dam Eye Study. Ophthalmology. 2020 Apr;127(4S):S122-S132. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2020.01.033. Journal: Ophthalmology, Volume 127, Issue 4 S, Apr 2020 PURPOSE The…
Genome-wide association meta-analysis of corneal curvature identifies novel loci and shared genetic influences across axial length and refractive error.
Mar 21 2020 // PubMed ID: 32193507 Author(s): Fan Q, Pozarickij A, Tan NYQ, Guo X, Verhoeven VJM, Vitart V, Guggenheim JA, Miyake M, Tideman JWL, Khawaja AP, Zhang L, MacGregor S, Höhn R, Chen P, Biino G, Wedenoja…
Detection of circulating anti-retinal antibodies in dogs with sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome using indirect immunofluorescence: A case-control study.
Mar 04 2020 // PubMed ID: 32126218 Author(s): Mowat FM, Avelino J, Bowyer A, Parslow V, Westermeyer HD, Foster ML, Fogle JE, Bizikova P. Detection of circulating anti-retinal antibodies in dogs with sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome using indirect…
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