National Eye Institute (NEI) Primary Open-Angle African American Glaucoma Genetics (POAAGG) Study
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The purpose of the POAAGG study is to investigate the genetic architecture of primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) in African Americans. This population is up to eight times more likely to develop glaucoma than non-Hispanic whites, yet no large-scale genetics studies have specifically addressed this ethnic group.
The POAAGG study aims to enroll 7765 patients, consisting of a discovery cohort of 5500 subjects (2000 cases and 3500 controls) and a validation cohort of 2265 subjects (1000 cases and 1265 controls). The study population consists of self-identified blacks (African Americans, African descent, or African Caribbean), 35 years or older, identified from the Philadelphia region. Subjects are recruited from the Scheie Eye Institute and its research sites in Philadelphia, PA, as well as from the Penn Medicine Biobank. Fellowship-trained glaucoma specialists classify each subject as a case, control, or glaucoma suspect based on specified criteria. As of 02/01/2017, a total of 8187 subjects have been recruited to the POAAGG study, including 2522 cases, 4545 controls, and ... (Show More)