March 22, 2017
The Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network is a collaboration among the National Eye Institute, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, industry and more than 400 committed retina specialists at 120 practices. The purpose of DRCR.net is to facilitate multicenter clinical research into diabetes-associated eye disease, including diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, cataract, glaucoma, vitreous hemorrhage and other eye conditions. The network is funded primarily by federal grants from the NEI along with industry. As discussed in the accompanying cover story, DRCR.net clinical trials have contributed greatly to our understanding and treatment of diabetic eye disease.
The DRCR.net was established in September 2002 and is a fantastic example of public-private collaboration. This constructive collaboration has generated nearly 30 clinical trial protocols and more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and dramatically impacted the treatment of patients worldwide. Participation is open to any retina specialist who meets the training and practice profile requirements. In addition, any retina specialist can submit a study protocol idea. The network chair is Lee Jampol, MD, of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The coordinating center is the Jaeb Center for Health Research in Tampa, Florida, directed by Adam R. Glassman, MS, and Roy W. Beck, MD, PhD. The NEI DRCR.net Project Officer is Eleanor Schron, PhD, RN.