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National Eye Institute

The nation's leader in vision research.

The mission of the National Eye Institute is to eliminate vision loss and improve quality of life through vision research.

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Bespoke Gene Therapy Consortium (BGTC)

NIH has recently launched an Accelerating Medicines Partnership® Bespoke Gene Therapy Consortium (BGTC). The BGTC seeks tools to streamline the gene therapy development process and nominations for rare diseases for adeno-associated virus vector trials. Deadline: February 18, 2022

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NEI Research News

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UCI researchers discover cause, develop pharmacological treatment for reducing retinitis pigmentosa vision loss

January 26, 2022

Inhibiting ceramide accumulation in the retina helps preserve the retina’s structure and function, and improves vision.
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AI can identify heart disease from an eye scan

January 25, 2022

Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence system that can analyze eye scans taken during a routine visit to an optician or eye clinic and identify patients at a high risk of a heart attack.

NIH study classifies vision loss and retinal changes in Stargardt disease

January 25, 2022

National Eye Institute researchers developed and validated an artificial-intelligence-based method to evaluate patients with Stargardt, an eye disease that can lead to childhood vision loss.

Funding for Vision Research

NEI funds more than 1,500 research and training grants to vision scientists across the country and around the world.

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