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NEI Research News

Thanks to the work of NEI scientists and grantees, we’re constantly learning new information about the causes and treatment of vision disorders. Get the latest updates about their work — along with other news about NEI.

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New UC Irvine-led study shows repeated stress accelerates aging of the eye

November 21, 2022

Researchers say findings reveal potential glaucoma drugs targets.
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Putting stem cell-based therapies in context

November 16, 2022

Rogue clinics offer stem cell-based therapies that haven’t been tested for safety and efficacy. When communicating to the public about stem cell-based therapies, it is important to put any treatment claims in context.
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Scientists say eye-disease drug may also help fight COVID

November 15, 2022

A UCLA-led group found that the eye drug verteporfin stops replication of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
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Seeing in 3D

November 9, 2022

Columbia University researchers examined what goes wrong in the eyes of mice with albinism.
Face-on view of an iris and pupil

National Institutes of Health awards Case Western Reserve University $7.3M for eye research

November 9, 2022

NEI grant will support examining impact of pain and inflammation on eye’s surface and possible link to diseases.
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NEI researchers home in on a new cause of Stargardt disease

October 27, 2022

Using a new stem-cell based model made from skin cells, scientists found the first direct evidence that Stargardt-related ABCA4 gene mutations affect a layer of cells in the eye called the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE).
Red, green and blue dots on screen representing RPE protein

NIH scientists discover essential step in recharging the eye’s light-sensing retina

October 26, 2022

Scientists have discovered a mechanism by which an area of a protein shape-shifts to convert vitamin A into a usable form for the eye’s light-sensing photoreceptor cells.
Top-down sectional views of 4 brain scans, showing missing hemispheres.

Word and face recognition can be adequately supported with half a brain, study finds

October 26, 2022

An unprecedented study of brain plasticity and visual perception found that people who, as children, had undergone surgery removing half of their brain correctly recognized differences between pairs of words or faces more than 80% of the time.
Face-on view of an iris and pupil

NEI funds ocular pain research

October 18, 2022

The Anterior Segment Initiative has funded eight research projects to explore the innervation of the eye’s surface.
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Haven’t I seen this before? Study offers new insights into how the brain separates perception from memory

October 18, 2022

The brain works in fundamentally different ways when remembering what we have seen compared to seeing something for the first time, a team of scientists has found.