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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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NEI grantees receive Lasker Award for imaging discovery

September 21, 2023

The Lasker Foundation cited a trio of scientists, who with NEI funding, developed OCT, one of the most widely used technologies for imaging the eye.
Fundus photo showing medium drusen

LSU Health New Orleans researchers discover a key failure in AMD that may lead to progression and vision loss

September 11, 2023

Research suggests that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) decreases an essential fatty acid, preventing the formation of a class of protective molecules and reducing repair potential.
Two boys smile at the camera. Asymmetric dark spots block parts of the image, representing vision loss from diabetic retinopathy.

MSU researchers discover link between cholesterol and diabetic retinopathy

September 5, 2023

Researchers found that diabetes, age-related health conditions and other metabolic disorders can lead to a buildup of cholesterol in the retina, which could contribute to diabetic retinopathy.

Short-term use of immunosuppressants not linked to cancer risk

August 31, 2023

Relatively short-term use of immunosuppressant medications to control an inflammatory disease was not associated with an increased risk of later developing cancer, according to new research.
Rhodopsin-bound nanobodies

UC Irvine researchers discover a nanobody which may lead to treatment for retinitis pigmentosa

August 31, 2023

University of California Irvine (UCI) researchers believe they have discovered a special antibody that may lead to a treatment for an inherited eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa.

Cell therapy that repairs cornea damage with patient’s own stem cells achieves positive Phase I trial results

August 18, 2023

Cultivated autologous limbal epithelial cells (CALEC) procedure shown to be safe and feasible with early positive results of restored cornea surfaces or vision gains in four patients with severe chemical burns.

More than meets the eye: New research shows how the visual system contributes to memory

August 17, 2023

A team of researchers from NYU has demonstrated that the key to understanding working memory relies not only on what one is storing in memory, but also why.
Long distance connections in the brain.

Penn Medicine neuroscientists identify brain mechanism that drives focus despite distractions

August 9, 2023

“Visual-movement” neurons in the front of your brain can help you stay focused in the presence of visual distractions, according to a new study from neuroscientists in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Fruit fly eye.

How flies develop sight: Scientists use single-cell sequencing to identify cell types in the visual system

August 1, 2023

New York University researchers have discovered new cell types in the visual system of flies, made possible by their creation of a tool that finds and labels neurons during development.
Man using eye drops

Eye-opening research: NIH funds glaucoma treatment research at Missouri S&T

July 31, 2023

Missouri S&T researchers have developed a treatment that could eventually enable glaucoma patients to only use eye drops once per week instead of daily, and it should also be more effective.