USF Eye Institute

What Can We Do?

Select Clinical Studies

  • Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) (15)
  • Geographic Atrophy (2)
  • Uveitis & Vitreous Haze Imaging (8)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy (2)
  • Open-Angle Glaucoma or Ocular Hypertension (2)
  • Dry Eye Syndrome
  • Non-arteritic Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (NAION) (2)
  • Oculoplastics
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Myopia

Research Division Personnel

  • USF Ophthalmology Faculty*, Fellows**, Residents – see
  • Ophthalmology Research Administrator with over 15 years of research experience
  • Study Coordinators (4) with an average of 18 years of Ophthalmology experience
  • Certified OCT photographers (2) each with over 20 years of photography experience
  • Certified VA Examiners (3)

*Edgar Espana, MD recognized with ARVO Young Investigator Award
** Recognized at USF Research Day, including Best Overall Poster

Equipment and Facilities

  • State of the art imaging and diagnostic systems
  • Uveitis Photograph Reading Center – partially funded by NIH subcontract, studies referred nationally and internationally, DARC subcontracts
  • Ophthalmic EMR
  • Phlebotomy capabilities
  • Certified research exam rooms

Service Standards & Research Administration Infrastructure

  • Top 10 nationally in patient recruitment for several clinical trials
  • Study start up within 4-6 weeks
  • Sponsor can enter master agreement with USF to expedite contracting for multiple studies
  • Established relationships with many sponsors and CROs
  • Agreements with multiple IRBs:
    • USF IRB – multiple boards, including expedited reviews. First university in Florida to receive the gold standard Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs Inc, (AAHRPP) designation
    • Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB)
    • Quorum
    • Schulman
    • And several more in discussion
  • Rated between 95-100% compliance for sponsor metrics:
    • Patient visit windows
    • Data entry levels
    • Query resolutions
    • Drop-out rates