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Brian S. McKay, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science at the Univeristy of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Dr. McKay was trained in cell biology during his PhD studies at the Medical College of Wisconsin under Dr. Janice Burke and became interested in age-related macular degeneration (AMD). He trained in protein chemistry during his postdoctoral fellowship at The Scripps Research Institute before joining the faculty at Duke University in the department of Ophthalmology. Dr. McKay was recruited to the University of Arizona’s department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, where he has been figuring out the link between race and AMD. The results of the novel research direction have brought his the McKay Lab to one of it's long-term goals, initiation of clinical trials to test whether AMD can prevented or treated.

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Brian S. McKay, PhD
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of blindness in individuals over age 55 in developed nations and more than 10 million people in the United States have AMD, according to the Foundation Fighting Blindness.