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Current Eye Research Studies

Research volunteers at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston have a critical role in helping to advance the treatment and understanding of diabetes and its complications. The participation of research study volunteers at Joslin has been instrumental in providing greater excellence in the care of others with diabetes.

Our researchers recruit patients to learn more about the nature of diabetes and related metabolic disorders. There are also “clinical trials,” — studies in which patients are sought to test the effectiveness of new drugs, devices or other treatments that may then be approved for general use.

Individuals participating in any research study must meet certain study requirements depending on the study and be willing to sign an informed consent. Informed consent is defined as voluntary consent given by the person (or responsible proxy) to participate in the study after being informed of the methods, procedures and risks and benefits that will result by participating. Consent must be given freely and without undue influence. Participants have the right to withdraw from the study at any time without losing any of the benefits that are due as a Joslin patient.


If you are a patient who has had type 1 diabetes for 0 to 20 years, and you are between the ages of 18 and 45, you may be eligible to participate in this study looking at the effects of diabetes on the retina (part of the eye) and peripheral nerves. Participation involves a single day of testing at the Beetham Eye Institute and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Validated parking and compensation are available for eligible participants. 

If you are interested in participating or have questions about the study, please call Ann Kopple at 617-732-2586 or e-mail:

Page last updated: October 14, 2019