Date of Degree
PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Edwin M. Stone
Heritable retinal degenerations dramatically affect individuals across the lifespan. Heritable degenerations with onset in childhood or young adulthood, such as the ABCA4- associated maculopathies, generally obey Mendelian segregation and are attributable to mutations within a single gene. Retinal degenerations with onset in late adulthood, such as age-related macular degeneration, are usually influenced by a complex constellation of genetic and environmental factors. This thesis applies several complementary, high-throughput genotyping platforms to identify relationships between specific heritable retinal phenotypes and genetic variation. This findings of this thesis will aid in the development of guidelines for inclusion in retinal gene therapy trials and help physicians refine their prognoses based on genetic information.
ABCA4, AMD, eye, retina, SNP, Stargardt
xi, 177 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 164-177).
Copyright 2011 Emily Isaak Schindler