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Welcome to AMD Update!

It is estimated that 15 million people in the United States have age-related macular degeneration (AMD), with more than 1.75 million having advanced disease (defined as neovascular AMD or geographic atrophy); the number with advanced disease is expected to climb to almost 3 million by the year 2020. AMD is the leading cause of blindness in adults over 55 years of age.

AMD Update is a monthly e-newsletter dedicated to bringing to the ophthalmologist the latest and most useful clinical information and literature reviews on the management of AMD in a quick, easy to review format. The articles are written by a variety of authors in order to draw upon a wealth of expertise.

We hope that you will find the information timely and applicable to your practice, and that you will look forward to each issue.

Ingrid U. Scott, MD, MPH, Editor

We are pleased to have Ingrid U. Scott, MD, MPH as Editor of AMD Update.

Ingrid U. Scott, MD, MPH, is Professor of Ophthalmology and Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine. She earned her Medical Degree (MD) and Master's in Public Health (MPH) Degree from Johns Hopkins University, and completed an ophthalmology residency, a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery and diseases, and chief residency at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami.

She served as Vice-Chair of the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research (DRCR) Network funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), Co-Chair of the NEI-funded Standard Care versus Corticosteroid for Retinal Vein Occlusion (SCORE) Study, and Executive Committee member of the NEI-funded Age-Related Eye Disease 2 (AREDS2) Study. Dr. Scott serves as Chair of the NEI-funded Study of Comparative Treatments for Retinal Vein Occlusion 2 (SCORE2 Study). She lectures widely in national and international forums, and has authored/co-authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications and over 40 book chapters/monographs. Dr. Scott served as Associate Editor of JAMA Ophthalmology and serves on the editorial board of numerous ophthalmology journals. She served as Chair and Methodologist of the Ophthalmic Technology Assessment Committee Retina Panel of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and as a member of the AAO's Preferred Practice Patterns Retina Panel.

Dr. Scott has received the American Medical Association's Physician's Recognition Award every year since 2003, the American Medical Association's Physician's Recognition Award with Commendation every year since 2010, the AAO's Senior Achievement Award, and has been named to the Best Doctors in America every year since 2003. As part of the American Medical Association's Physician Mentor Recognition Program, Dr. Scott was recognized as "a physician mentor who has made a significant difference in the professional lives of other physicians, and who serves as an influential role model for other physicians."