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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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Are these newly found rare cells a missing link in color perception?

Researchers used an imaging technology called adaptive optics to identify rare cells that could help fill in the gaps in existing theories of color perception.

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.
Optic nerve

Seeing a path to nerve regeneration

UConn scientists find protein that stimulates regrowth of optic nerve cells.

Wayne State University researchers uncover potential treatment targets for Zika virus-related eye abnormalities

A groundbreaking study from Wayne State presents crucial insights into the ocular effects of Zika virus infection during pregnancy and offers promising avenues for therapeutic intervention.
Contact lens with special edges on a person's eye.

Federal grants awarded to develop tech to monitor, treat chronic eye diseases

Purdue research teams will develop specialized smart soft contact lenses that continuously monitor or treat chronic ocular diseases like glaucoma, corneal neovascularization and dry eye syndromes.
Retinal cross section with photoreceptors and nuclei stained

ALG6 acts as a modifier gene in the inherited genetic eye disease retinitis pigmentosa 59

Variant of ALG6 delays rod photoreceptor degradation but decreases cone health in people with RP59 retinitis pigmentosa, according to a new study from University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Study reveals shared blueprint in brain development across different functional areas

In a new study, researchers from the University of Minnesota Medical School investigated brain development to understand how different areas of the brain become specialized in handling information such as vision, sound, touch and planning.

AI has perfect detection rate for severe cases of condition that causes blindness in preemies

Research shows that an artificial intelligence technology developed with NEI funding can accurately and independently detect all severe cases of retinopathy of prematurity.

Researchers closing in on genetic treatments for hereditary lung disease, vision loss

Researchers who work with tiny drug carriers known as lipid nanoparticles have developed a new type of material capable of reaching the lungs and the eyes, an important step toward genetic therapy for hereditary conditions like inherited vision loss.
Human iPSC-derived retinal pigment epithelium (RPE).

UC Irvine study shows similarities and differences in human and insect vision formation

Researchers have discovered profound similarities and surprising differences between humans and insects in the production of the critical light-absorbing molecule of the retina, 11-cis-retinal, also known as the “visual chromophore.”