Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the Eye Institute

Clinical and Translational Research Studies at the Eye Institute

Our mission is to improve, restore, and preserve sight. Research is an integral part of this mission. In fact, since its opening in 1976, the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute has been committed to advancing our ability to provide excellent clinical and surgical care through investing in research. From developing novel surgical techniques, to participating in national clinical trials to test new drugs, to advancing state-of-the art imaging tools to study retinal disease, we remain at the forefront of vision research.

Clinical Research Coordinator with a patient

Currently Enrolling Studies

We are proud of our research history, and today we continue to be actively involved in a number of exciting research studies. Of course, our research would not be possible without the participation of research volunteers. Below you will find details on all of our current research studies. If you think you qualify and would like more information or are interested in participating, please click the "Learn More" link next to that study.

 Study   Age Gender IRB Approval  
MacTel SAFE Learn More  21+  gender PRO41070
 I am interested
Horizon TEPEZZA Study for Chronic (Inactive) Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) Learn More 18 +  gender
I am interested

MacTel Natural History Observation and Registry
for MacTel Type2

Learn More 18 + gender
I am interested
Color Blindness Learn More


I am interested
Albinism Learn More    gender PRO00023898
I am interested
Normal Vision Learn More    gender PRO00017439 
I am interested
Retinitis Pigmentosa and Usher Syndrome Learn More    gender PRO00017439
I am interested
U24: Developing Cone-Dominant Retinal Disease Models Learn More  7+  gender  PRO00036249


I am interested
Assessing the Function of Individual Cells in Patients with IRDs Learn More  18 +  gender


I am interested
 Ocular Manifestations of Fabry Disease Learn More    gender   I am interested

Ongoing Research Studies | Not Currently Enrolling

Ongoing Research Studies | Not Currently Enrolling

Study Age Gender IRB Approval
eyeGENE® Learn More 18+ gender CHW 08/228
Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network – Protocol AC Learn More 18+   gender Jaeb IRB application 2018-33272, 8/6/2018  

Closed Studies

  • Pediatrics Retrophin CTX Prevalence Cataract Study
  • Runge Card Study for Visual Acuity
  • TED01RV Study for Thyroid Eye Disease
  • Acucela SEATTLE Study for Advanced Dry AMD
  • Allergan-PALM Study for Diabetic Macular Edema
  • Imaging Study for Dry and Wet AMD
  • Oculoplastics Horizon OPTIC
  • AREDS2 10-Year Follow-On Study
  • Alcon HAWK Study for Wet AMD Biomarkers Study for Eye Disease
  • Alkeus TEASE Study for Stargardt Disease
  • Score 2 Study for Retinal Vein Occlusion


Please call (414) 955-7862 to speak with Eye Institute Clinical Research staff.