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European Glaucoma Research Training Program

Objective

Glaucoma is the most common age-related neurodegenerative eye-disease in western society and one of the four major blinding eye diseases (cataract, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy). Glaucoma is characterized by a progressive loss of retinal nerve cells. The early changes are often unnoticed by the patient. If untreated or detected too late, glaucoma will end up in blindness, yielding a profound loss of quality of life for the individual and major costs to society. In Europe, there are approximately 3 million people with glaucoma. They all need chronic medical care and, despite of that, approximately 15% of them will become blind during their lifetime.

Increasing our knowledge on glaucoma and the aging visual system in general has tremendous potential for innovation in glaucoma care and can thus positively impact the future of millions of European citizens : 1) it enables the development of new tools for the early detection of glaucoma; 2) it can inspire the development and implementation of new treatments; 3) contributes to our understanding of the relationships between various neurodegenerative diseases, and 4) contributes to improving healthy aging in general.
Given the vast complexity of the disease, we need researchers that are deeply knowledgeable about glaucoma and intimately familiar with the many different techniques required to study all aspects of glaucoma and the aging visual system: from functional test to anatomy, from gene to ganglion cell, from retina to brain. Generally, knowledge – and thus training – is fragmented and researchers that have been broadly trained are only scarcely – if not at all – available at present.
To overcome this, EGRET – the European Glaucoma Research Training Program – will aim its efforts at teaching young researchers in how to acquire and apply new quantitative knowledge on the aging visual system in health and disease (specifically glaucoma).

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/ophthalmology/retinopathy
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/ophthalmology/glaucoma
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/ophthalmology
  • /social sciences/educational sciences/pedagogy/teaching

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2014
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-COFUND-DP - Doctoral programmes

Coordinator

ACADEMISCH ZIEKENHUIS GRONINGEN
Address
Hanzeplein 1
9713 GZ Groningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 046 400

Partners (6)

Abbott Medical Optics
Netherlands
Address

Hoofddorp
Activity type
Other
CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
United Kingdom
Address
Northampton Square
EC1V 0HB London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECHODIA
France
Address
Biopole Clermont-limagne
63360 Saint-beauzire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Australia
Address
Liversidge Street 1 Building 67C
0200 Canberra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING KONINKLIJKE VISIO, EXPERTISECENTRUM VOOR SLECHTZIENDE EN BLINDE MENSEN
Netherlands
Address
Amersfoortsestraatweg 180
1272RR Huizen
Activity type
Other
Academisch Medisch Centrum bij de Universiteit van Amsterdam
Netherlands
Address
Meibergdreef 9
1105AZ Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments