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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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Multiphoton images show the outer segments of cone and rod photoreceptor cells in 215-day retinal organoids. Immunostaining shows a marker for cones (green) and rods (red). The “A” view shows optical sections; “B” is a reconstructed three-dimensional view.

NEI Awards Prize for Progress Toward Developing Lab-Made Retinas

December 4, 2018

The National Eye Institute (NEI) awarded $25,000 to a team led by Wei Liu, Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, for demonstrating progress toward the development of a living model of the human retina...
Retina organoids mimic the structure and function of the human retina to serve as a platform to study underlying causes of retinal diseases, test new drug therapies, and provide a source of cells for transplantation. credit: David Gamm, M.D., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

NIH solicits next-generation retina organoids in prize competition

February 13, 2018

A competition for radical ideas in the fight against blindness will move to its next phase by challenging participants to build functioning human retina prototypes.
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National Eye Institute awards prize for ‘Retina in a dish’ competition

September 28, 2017

A proposal to create a living model of the human retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, won $90,000 in the National Eye Institute (NEI) 3-D Retina Organoid Challenge (3-D ROC).
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NIH launches competition to develop human eye tissue in a dish

May 4, 2017

The National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, has opened the first stage of a federal prize competition designed to generate miniature, lab-grown human retinas.