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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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AI makes retinal imaging 100 times faster, compared to manual method

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health applied artificial intelligence (AI) to a technique that produces high-resolution images of cells in the eye. They report that with AI, imaging is 100 times faster and improves image contrast 3.5-fold.

Medical College of Georgia scientists establish protein database to advance vision research

Aqueous Humor Proteome Database includes comprehensive information on 1,683 proteins identified in aqeuous humor--the fluid in the eye's anterior chamber.
fMRI of dog brain showing bright activation in the visual cortex.

Using fMRI, new vision study finds promising model for restoring cone function

Researchers have found that in dogs, fMRI can detect brain responses to daylight vision for black and white information as well as color information, and identify the area of the visual cortex that responds to stimulation of a cone-rich retinal region.

Pioneering study indicates a potential treatment for corneal endothelial disease, reducing the need for corneal transplants

Findings from a pioneering study reveal that administration of the neuropeptide α-melanocyte–stimulating hormone (α-MSH) promotes corneal healing and restores normal eye function.

NEI study shows how genes in retina get regulated during development

Researchers at the National Eye Institute have mapped the 3D organization of genetic material of key developmental stages of human retinal formation, using intricate models of a retina grown in the lab.

Story of discovery: NEI-funded research paves way for new dry AMD drugs

This year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Syfovre (pegcetacoplan) and Izervay (avacincaptad pegol), the very first drugs for treating geographic atrophy (GA), also known as late-stage “dry” age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Richard Lee, NEI's Clinical Director, 2023

National Eye Institute selects Dr. Richard Lee as clinical director

The National Eye Institute (NEI) has chosen Richard Lee, M.D., Ph.D., as the institute’s clinical director, overseeing clinical research and serving as clinical policy advisor for NEI.

Standardizing eye imaging data

The NEI and partners have published an editorial on the value of being able to store and share eye imaging data in standard formats.

Metabolomics: a new approach to understanding glaucoma

NEI Director Michael F. Chiang featured recent research by NEI grantee Louis Pasquale, Mount Sinai, in an NIH Director’s Blog post.

All of Us workshop summary posted

All of Us is assembling a large-cohort dataset of at least 1 million participants who reflect the diversity of the U.S. population.