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We are what we eat: nutrition, genes, cognition & deep learning in age-related macular degeneration

   
Air date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 3:00:00 PM
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Description: NIH Director's Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in the United States and in the developed world. Two NIH-supported randomized clinical trials with 10 years of follow-up in nearly 10,000 participants demonstrated that nutritional supplements with antioxidant vitamins and minerals reduces the risk of progression to late AMD. Dietary data suggest the importance of the Mediterranean diet in reducing the risk of AMD, particularly fish consumption. The analyses of the genetic interaction with nutrition challenges the idea that you can eat away your genetic risk. Nutritional associations with cognitive function were also analyzed in these two cohorts and these data will also be presented. Finally, we are in the era of artificial intelligence. The development of deep learning techniques to detect and to predict progression of this blinding disease may be vital for both research and potentially, clinical care.

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Author: Emily Chew, M.D., National Eye Institute, NIH
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