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Learn about the Eye on the Future teen video contest!

The National Eye Institute (NEI) is encouraging teens to explore careers in science through the Eye on the Future teen video contest. To enter, create a short video about science in your world, in the field or lab, or in your future for a chance to win $2,000 and free trip to NIH campus! Submit your video by April 16, 2023.

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NEI Research News

Synapses between neurons in thalamus and cortex.

Sparse, small, but diverse neural connections help make perception reliable, efficient

February 2, 2023

In a study from the Picower Institute at MIT, the first detailed mapping and modeling of thalamus inputs onto visual cortex neurons show brain leverages “wisdom of the crowd” to process sensory information.
Mexico and U.S. flags

US-Mexico Symposium highlights international collaborations, diabetic eye disease research

January 31, 2023

Session topics included assessing the global burden of diabetes-related eye disease; preventing, treating, and managing disease; and collaborating internationally.
A person with diabetes checks their blood sugar

Researchers unravel why episodes of low blood sugar worsen eye disease in people with diabetes

January 26, 2023

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine say they have linked transient low blood sugar levels that occur in people with diabetes with a molecular pathway that is turned on in oxygen-starved cells in the eye.

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