Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the Eye Institute

Clinical and Translational Research Studies at the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin 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 & MCW 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 on the study.

 Study   Age Gender IRB Approval  
Developmental Genomics Program for Multiple Congenital Anomalies    gender PRO00048186
Genetic Studies of Human Ocular Disorders   gender PRO45954
Inherited Retinal Degeneration Bank  7+  gender


MacTel Natural History Observation and Registry
for MacTel Type2

18 + gender
Color Blindness


Albinism    gender PRO00023898
Normal Vision    gender PRO00017439 
NAC Attack trial for Retinitis Pigmentosa    gender PRO00044718
Retinitis Pigmentosa and Usher Syndrome    gender PRO00017439
Assessing the Function of Individual Cells in Patients with IRDs  18 +  gender


Closed Studies

  • U24: Developing Cone-Dominant Retinal Disease Models
  • Pediatrics Retrophin CTX Prevalence Cataract Stud
  • 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
  • Ocular Manifestations of Fabry Disease
  • Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network - Protocol AC 
  • EyeGENE
  • MacTel SAFE
  • Horizon Teprotumumab Study for Thyroid Eye Disease (TED)
  • Horizon TEPEZZA Study for Chronic (Inactive) Thyroid Eye Disease (TED)


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