Expertscape.com, a website that ranks people and institutions according to their demonstrated expertise in specific medical diseases, conditions and treatments, has named the Wayne State University School of Medicine the world’s second top leading institution in diabetic retinopathy.
WSU placed second only to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
The other ranked institutions, in order, include Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, University of Sydney in Australia, University of Heidelberg in Germany, Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, the University of Wisconsin, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain and Kurume University School of Medicine in Japan.
Diabetes is a leading cause of acquired blindness in young adults. Almost 50 percent of diabetes patients have some form of retinopathy -- not necessarily blindness -- nine years after diabetes onset. That figure increases to 95 percent after 20 years of the disease. Retinopathy is the most common cause of acquired blindness in diabetic patients. The condition is a result of damage to the small blood vessels in the retina, the layer of cells in the back of the eye that is responsible for sending signals to the brain. The condition’s onset can begin with no or few symptoms.
The Expertscape.com medical search and ranking solution uses objective algorithms to identify the most knowledgeable and experienced physicians, clinicians and researchers in more than 26,000 topics. The site allows health care consumers to find the top experts within their travel area. Expertscape.com defines an expert as someone who has published peer-reviewed research in the science, therapies and complications a specific medical topic. The site ranks experts and institutions according to their demonstrated expertise in specific medical diseases, conditions and treatments.