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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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Researchers discover new molecular driver of retinoblastoma

September 30, 2022

Study from UT Southwestern Medical Center could lead to new treatments for deadly childhood eye cancer.
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NEI’s Preston teaches, inspires young scientists

September 30, 2022

A graduate student at the National Eye Institute, Preston volunteered this summer as a virtual instructor in the 8-week-long Journal of Emerging Investigators Mini Ph.D. Program.
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NEI scientists publish protocol for making patient-derived eye tissue

September 28, 2022

The protocol gives step-by-step instructions, starting with patient-derived pluripotent stem cells, transitioning them to retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells and finally maturing them into RPE tissue.
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Tuncay first to complete NEI international fellowship in ocular genetics

September 26, 2022

Fulya Yaylacıoğlu Tuncay, M.D., Ph.D., said she gained crucial experience in translational medicine as the first participant in an ocular genetics fellowship program sponsored by NEI and the International Council of Ophthalmology.
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Nonprofit Hadley launches online tutorials for people with vision loss, in Spanish

September 22, 2022

Hadley has partnered with the National Eye Institute (NEI) to offer online tutorials in Spanish through Hadley’s online learning hub, Hadley.edu
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Wayne State University researchers use drug repurposing to treat resistant bacterial eye infections

September 15, 2022

Researchers from Wayne State University School of Medicine have identified three non-antibiotic drugs that can protect the eye from severe inflammation during bacterial infection.
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Decoding Canine Cognition

September 14, 2022

Scientists have decoded visual images from a dog’s brain, offering a first look at how the canine mind reconstructs what it sees.
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NEI hosts video contest winners

September 13, 2022

A July 22 event welcomed 10 teens from across the country as a reward for their winning submissions to the first-ever NEI “Eye on the Future” video competition. More than 40 high-school students submitted 3-minute science-themed videos to the contest.
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Novel imaging approach reveals important details about rare eye disease choroideremia

September 13, 2022

Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have shown for the first time how cells across different tissue layers in the eye are affected in people with choroideremia, a rare genetic disorder that leads to blindness.
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NIH researchers develop gene therapy for rare ciliopathy

September 8, 2022

Researchers from the National Eye Institute (NEI) have developed a gene therapy that rescues cilia defects in retinal cells affected by a type of Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), a disease that causes blindness in early childhood.