610 Walnut St.
Madison, WI 53726
BA 1977, Biology, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
PhD 1987, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburg, Pittsburgh, PA
Karen Cruickshanks has more than 20 years of experience in the epidemiology of eye diseases as a co-investigator on the WESDR and BDES and as PI of two NEI-funded studies and the on-going Beaver Dam Offspring Study. Her primary eye-related research has been on genetic, environmental and behavioral risk factors for diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. She has studied biomarkers associated with the decline in the incidence of AMD and vision impairment in the Baby Boom generation. She serves as the chair of a DSMB overseeing a cataract clinical trial and has served on numerous NIH committees related to vision, an IOM panel studying blast effects on vision, and vision research-related panels for the AAO, FDA and EPA. She is a member of the ARVO (since 1990) and serves on the editorial board for Ophthalmic Epidemiology.