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    Study of genetics in African Americans with glaucoma targets better care

    Las Vegas—The Primary Open-Angle African American Glaucoma Genetics (POAAGG) study is an ongoing 5-year NIH-funded study designed to elucidate the genetic architecture and comorbidities associated with POAG in African Americans, said Joan M. O’Brien, MD.

    Dr. O’Brien provided an update on the POAAGG study at the 2015 meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

    Ultimately, the investigators hope that it will lead to the identification of genetic pathways that can be targeted in a precise manner in order to improve screening of patients at risk and allow application of targeted therapies to appropriate patient subsets, explained Dr. O’Brien, William F. Norris and George E. DeSchweinitz, professor and chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

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