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NIH launches first U.S. clinical trial of patient-derived stem cell therapy to replace and repair dying cells in retina

December 16, 2019

Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) are launching a clinical trial to test the safety of a novel patient-specific stem cell-based therapy to treat geographic atrophy, the advanced “dry” form of age-related macular degeneration.

NEI seeks public comment on future research goals

December 6, 2019

As the year 2020 approaches, the National Eye Institute (NEI) is developing new plans for vision research over the coming decade.

NIH, NIST researchers use artificial intelligence for quality control of stem cell-derived tissues

November 14, 2019

Researchers used artificial intelligence (AI) to evaluate stem cell-derived “patches” of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) tissue for implanting into the eyes of patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness.

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