General Information about the DRCR Retina Network
The mission of the DRCR Retina Network is to conduct high quality, collaborative clinical research that improves vision and quality of life for people with retinal diseases. The DRCR Retina Network supports the identification, design, and implementation of multicenter clinical research initiatives focused on retinal disorders. Principal emphasis is placed on clinical trials, but epidemiologic outcomes and other research may be supported as well.


The was formed in September 2002.  In 2018 the Network expanded its scope beyond diabetic retinopathy to consider research on other retina disorders and the name was changed to the DRCR Retina Network in April of 2019.  The Network currently includes over 160 participating sites (offices) with over 500 physicians throughout the United States and Canada.

The DRCR Retina Network is funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI). The NEI is a part of the National Institutes of Health, which is the branch of government that funds medical research.

Three core centers within the DRCR Retina Network support overall operation and leadership of the network. The core centers are: the office of the Network Chairs (Jennifer K. Sun, M.D., M.P.H., Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts and Daniel F. Martin, M.D., Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio), the Coordinating Center (Director, Adam R. Glassman, M.S.; Executive Director, Jaeb Center for Health Research, Tampa, FL; Director/PI DRCR Retina Network), and the National Eye Institute (Project Officer, Sangeeta Bhargava, Ph.D.).

Final protocol datasets are available for download under the Study Information Tab


Use of the DRCR Retina Network publicly-available data requires that you include the following attribution and disclaimer in any publication, presentation or communication resulting from use of these data: "The source of the data is the DRCR Retina Network (Unique Federal Award Identification Number (FAIN) UG1EY014231), but the analyses, content and conclusions presented herein are solely the responsibility of the authors and have not been reviewed or approved by the DRCR Retina Network." 

By downloading a DRCR Retina Network dataset, you are agreeing to these requirements.