The MacTel Project is an international research collaboration among clinicians and bench scientists to study idiopathic macular telangiectasia type 2, or MacTel. The MacTel Project aims to improve the clinical understanding of MacTel type 2, raise awareness of the disease, and identify causes and appropriate treatments. It is a program of the Lowy Medical Research Institute, which sponsors the MacTel Project.
The MacTel project includes a natural history observation study, a registry of patients with MacTel, collaborative genetics and laboratory research programs, and an eye donor program. More than 30 centers around the world participate in the MacTel Project, making the search for information a truly global effort. These actions have dramatically improved the understanding of MacTel. They have also given patients the opportunity to participate in the search for new information and effective therapies.