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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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Stiffening of retinal blood vessels threatens vision in diabetes

November 22, 2023

Using atomic force microscopy, researchers at Doheny Eye Institute, an affiliate of University of California Los Angeles, discovered retinal capillary stiffening in diabetic mice that is causally linked to the development of retinopathy
Williams, Miller, Roorda, and Liang

NEI grantees win Rank Prize for imaging technology

November 14, 2023

David Williams, Donald Miller, and Austin Roorda, received recognition for the development of instruments that use adaptive optics technologies to capture high-resolution images of the retina.
Baranov and colleague talk in the laboratory.

Mass Eye and Ear researchers develop potential glaucoma treatment strategy to guide stem cells to the retina

November 14, 2023

A multidisciplinary team led by researchers at the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass Eye and Ear has identified a promising new strategy for glaucoma cell replacement therapy.

Berkeley scientists discover retinal cells that help stabilize our world view

November 13, 2023

The discovery will enable researchers to better understand eye movement disorders that cause significant visual impairment.

Innovative research unveils potential breakthrough in diabetic retinopathy treatment

November 8, 2023

NEI-funded investigators at Washington University in St. Louis discovered a potential new treatment approach to diabetic retinopathy, one of the most common causes of vision loss in the U.S.
Kang, Talluri and Nienborg

Separating movement from sight when studying the brain’s visual cortex

November 2, 2023

In primates, activity in the visual cortex—a part of the brain that processes signals from the eyes—is largely unaffected by the body’s own movements, according to a new study from scientists at the National Eye Institute (NEI).

Summary of vision health equity workshop posted

October 26, 2023

A summary of the April 11, 2023, workshop, "NEI-NIMHD Vision Health Equity Workshop," is available on the NEI website.

UConn health researchers find that youthful proteins help nerves regrow

October 25, 2023

Ribosomal protein genes that are found at low levels in adult nerve cells may be very important to axon regeneration.
Ruchi Sharma

National Eye Institute researcher receives Knights Templar Eye Foundation award for advancing albinism research

October 6, 2023

Ruchi Sharma, Ph.D., a staff scientist in the NEI Ocular and Stem Cell Translational Section, received an award from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation (KTEF), a charity sponsored by the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar.

Resolving a seeming contradiction, study advances understanding of visual recognition memory

September 27, 2023

Scientists have invested decades in piecing together how our vision is so good at recognizing what’s familiar. A new study overcomes an apparent discrepancy in data to reveal a new insight into how it works.