Last updated on December 2018

Inherited Retinal Degenerative Disease Registry


Brief description of study

My Retina Tracker is a registry for people affected by an inherited retinal degenerative disease. It is a patient-initiated registry accessible via a secure on-line portal at www.MyRetinaTracker.org. Affected individuals and genetically related, unaffected, family members who create entries are guided to create a profile that captures the participants' perspective on their disease and its progress; family history; genetic testing results; preventive measures; and interest in participation in research studies. The participants may also choose to ask their clinician to add clinical measurements and results at each clinical visit. Participants are urged to update the information regularly to create longitudinal records of their disease, from their own perspective, and their clinical progress. The overall goals are: to better understand the heterogeneity of the inherited retinal degenerative diseases; to understand the prevalence of the different diseases and gene mutations; to assist in the establishment of genotype-phenotype relationships; to help understand the natural history of the diseases; to help accelerate research and development of clinical trials for treatments; and to provide a mechanism that facilitates more rapid recruitment for research studies and clinical trials.

Detailed Study Description

My Retina Tracker provides three different portals for data entry and review. An entry in My Retina Tracker is initiated by a participant, not a clinician. Using the Participant Portal, the participant establishes a username and password, is guided through on-line informed consent, and can then use an interactive guide to record their ophthalmic and family history, genotype and other subjective diagnosis-related information. Drop-down menus and standardized vocabulary are used for database consistency. They may also attach documents, such as medical records, to maintain personal files on their disease. Participants are encouraged to update their profiles regularly to create a longitudinal history of their disease. Participants can see aggregated data for all other participants in the registry and compare their own disease and status to others.

Once a participant profile has been established, participants may ask their clinician or genetic counselor to add specific ophthalmic exam and measurement results to the profile. This is done through the Clinical Portal which also uses a series of drop-down menus to expedite entry and standardize data. Clinicians cannot see the participant data when adding the clinical exam data. Participants are encouraged to collect this data at each medical exam, to create a longitudinal clinical data set.

Access to de-identified data is available through the Research Portal. Investigators may apply through the site for research access username and password. This access allows searching of both participant provided and clinical data and may also be used to pre-screen registrants as potential participants for research studies or clinical trials. A process that maintains patient anonymity and privacy protection, exists for researchers with Institutional Review Board-approved projects who wish to contact registry participants of interest.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02435940

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