ERDC was initiated in 2008 to stimulate collaborations in the field of inherited retinal diseases (IRDs). IRDs show unprecedented clinical and genetic heterogeneity and have an overall frequency of approximately 1 in 3,000 individuals. The most frequently mutated IRD-associated gene, ABCA4, is mutated in ~1 in 10,000 individuals, but most IRD-associated genes are the cause of retinal disease in less than 1 in 100,000 persons. More than 261 genetic subtypes have been identified.
ERDC members meet twice a year to exchange genetic and clinical data of persons with IRDs. This collaboration has resulted in many joint papers to date.
A Marie Curie Initial Training Network entitled EyeTN was set up by seven groups from ERDC and seven industrial partners.
Frans Cremers, PhD
Chris Inglehearn, PhD
Susanne Kohl, PhD
Elfride de Baere, PhD
Carlo Rivolta, PhD