MERIT Webinar

OCT Evaluation of Neovascular AMD in Clinical Trials:
A Reading Center Perspective 


OCT Evaluation of Neovascular AMD in Clinical Trials:
A Reading Center Perspective 


This presentation will give the audience an overview of the role a reading center plays in the use of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) in major studies for patients with neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration (nAMD). We will review the capabilities of the reading center and summarize how these studies are approached.

3 key questions that will be answered:

  • What benefits does a reading center offer Sponsors pursuing nAMD studies with OCT endpoints?
  • What are the common inclusion/exclusion eligibility criteria for OCT in nAMD studies?
  • Which OCT endpoints are often used for nAMD studies?
Featured Speaker:
Shawn Wilker
Dr. Shawn Wilker, MDMedical Director of Ophthalmology at MERIT

Dr. Wilker is the current medical director of ophthalmology at MERIT. He is board-certified in ophthalmology and is a retinal specialist with over 15 years of clinical experience. At MERIT, he spearheads the development of evaluation procedures for ophthalmic imaging grading. Dr. Wilker’s roles include analyzing and reading images and/or data for ophthalmic clinical trials, performing reading quality control tasks, developing analysis and reading procedures for ophthalmic clinical trials, and providing training for readers. Dr. Wilker currently practices in Cleveland, OH.



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