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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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Genomic Study Revealing Among Diverse Populations with Inherited Retinal Disease

October 19, 2021

International effort identified new and different causative gene variants for a group of diseases that can lead to severe vision loss or blindness.
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Vision symposium celebrates 15 years of joint India-U.S. research

August 13, 2021

Members of the Indo-U.S. Vision Research Collaborative Program gathered virtually to look back on the program’s genesis and accomplishments and to plot the program’s future.
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NEI Joins Nigeria’s National Eye Centre in Research Partnership

July 23, 2021

The National Eye Institute has created a U.S.-Africa vision research collaboration with Nigeria’s National Eye Centre (NEC) to study children’s eye health.
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E.U. - U.S. NIH collaborative symposium and workshop on AMD and the microbiome

June 18, 2021

NEI and European researchers hosted international investigators on June 18, 2021, to present and discuss recent advances in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and its relationship to the microbiome.
Eye diagram showing the uvea, optic nerve, retina, sclera, cornea and pupil.

International coalition classifies 25 subtypes of uveitis, an inflammatory eye disease

June 7, 2021

An international coalition of eye researchers used machine learning to develop classification criteria for 25 of the most common types of uveitis, a collection of over 30 diseases characterized by inflammation inside the eye.
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International Team Identifies 127 Glaucoma Genes in Largest Study of Its Kind

February 24, 2021

Researchers for the first time analyzed genes in more than 34,000 people with glaucoma across multiple ancestries and found 44 new genetic variants that may lead to new treatment targets.
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Two commonly used uveitis drugs perform similarly in NIH-funded clinical trial

September 10, 2019

Methotrexate and the more expensive mycophenolate mofetil performed similarly in a head-to-head clinical trial that compared the two drugs for treating noninfectious uveitis, an eye disease that accounts for up to 15% of blindness in the U. S.
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Study: 15 percent of babies exposed to Zika before birth had severe abnormalities in first 18 months of life

December 12, 2018

Researchers evaluated motor skills and cognitive development, visual and hearing function, and brain images of children who had been exposed to the Zika virus during their mothers' pregnancies. 14.5 percent of children had at least one abnormality.
Glaucoma causes the loss of peripheral vision. This photo shows two boys in the center surrounded by blackness to depict the tunnel vision that can occur as the disease progresses.

NEI funded researchers identify 133 genetic variants that predict glaucoma risk

May 31, 2018

Researchers funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) have identified 133 genetic variants that predict with 75-percent accuracy a person’s risk for developing glaucoma related to elevated pressure within the eye.
A fundus photo of a patient with reticular pseudodrusen shows a giraffe-like macular pattern.

NIH launches international study of AMD progression

February 23, 2018

A new clinical study led by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, will follow 500 people over five years to learn more about the natural history of early age-related macular degeneration (AMD).