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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 nerve insights could someday help heal certain types of blindness and paralysis

June 5, 2023

UConn School of Medicine researchers report that a small population of nerve cells exist in everyone that could be coaxed to regrow, potentially restoring sight and movement after injury.
Thounaojam with retinal images in background.

Bile acid receptor could be innovative target in protecting the vision of premature newborns

May 30, 2023

Medical College of Georgia scientists have early evidence that targeting the bile acid receptor could provide earlier, more impactful treatments for premature babies to prevent retinopathy of prematurity.

AI used to advance drug delivery system for glaucoma and other chronic diseases

May 24, 2023

Researchers have used artificial intelligence models and machine-learning algorithms to successfully predict which components of amino acids that make up therapeutic proteins are most likely to safely deliver therapeutic drugs to animal eye cells.

NEI Scientists publish recipe for making blood vessel cells from patient stem cells

May 15, 2023

Researchers at NIH’s National Eye Institute have published a detailed protocol for making three cell types that are key components to form blood vessels and capillaries.

NEI publishes town hall report on cell-based products for treating retinal disease

May 4, 2023

The National Eye Institute has published "Stem cell sources and characterization in the development of cell-based products for treating retinal disease: An NEI town hall report."
Researchers in the laboratory.

Herpes study adds to understanding of viral reinfections, how to potentially prevent them

May 1, 2023

A new study on herpes infections of the eye from University of Illinois Chicago researchers identifies a key protein involved in viral reinfections that could be targeted by antiviral drugs.
Axon terminals of color photoreceptors

Do people and monkeys see colors the same way?

April 28, 2023

Study from University of Washington shows some nerve cell circuits for color vision are uniquely human.

Precision eye therapy for dogs ready for human clinical development

April 28, 2023

A successful gene therapy trialed at Michigan State University in dogs with an inherited eye disease is ready to be developed for clinical use in human patients with a rare condition called retinitis pigmentosa.

Medical College of Georgia scientists work to protect the vision of premature babies

April 21, 2023

Augusta University scientists have found a new target and drug that together appear to stop retinopathy of prematurity.

University of Houston researcher builds new model to examine Usher syndrome

April 18, 2023

Syndrome is a leading cause of combined deafness-blindness