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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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Woman crossing a stream in the woods

How the brain interprets motion while in motion

June 24, 2022

New findings about how the brain interprets sensory information may have applications for treating brain disorders and designing artificial intelligence.
Drawing of brain inside a color wheel

Neuroscientists Find New Factors Behind Better Vision

June 13, 2022

The size of our primary visual cortex and the amount of brain tissue we have dedicated to processing visual information can predict how well we can see, a new study shows.

Life after death for the human eye

May 11, 2022

Scientists have revived light-sensing neuron cells in organ donor eyes and restored communication between them as part of a series of discoveries that stand to transform brain and vision research.
Image of Cortical neurons

Scientists unveil the format of working memory

April 7, 2022

A team of scientists has discovered how working memory is “formatted”—a finding that enhances our understanding of how visual memories are stored.
Cells of fruit fly visual system stained in rainbow colors

Scientists pinpoint what makes brain cells develop in a specific order

April 6, 2022

A study of the visual system of fruit flies reveals factors regulating neuron development and uncovers similarities with human brain development

Decoding the molecular clock that controls neurogenesis in the visual center of Drosophila

April 1, 2022

The nervous system is made up of diverse cells that arise from progenitors in a specific time-dependent pattern. In a new study, researchers have uncovered the molecular players involved and how the timing is controlled.
Three soccer players on a field. Center player looks down at the ball by her feet.

Attention to objects in peripheral vision is not driven by tiny eye movements

March 25, 2022

New research by National Eye Institute (NEI) investigators shows that while microsaccades seem to boost or diminish the strength of the brain signals underlying attention, eye movements are not drivers of those brain signals.
Green retinal ganglion cell spreads dendrites in all directions.

Antabuse may help revive vision in people with progressive blinding disorders

March 18, 2022

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that a drug once widely used to wean alcoholics off of drinking helps to improve sight in mice with retinal degeneration.
Jackie Norrie and Victoria Honnell

Modular super-enhancer controls retinal development

January 11, 2022

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital identified distinct functions for regions of a super-enhancer that controls gene expression during retina formation, calling it a ‘modular’ super-enhancer.
Spencer Smith with microscope in laboratory

A New Microscope for Imaging Neural Circuitry

December 2, 2021

Researchers from UCSB report the development of a new microscope they describe as “Dual Independent Enhanced Scan Engines for Large field-of-view Two-Photon imaging (Diesel2p),” which provides unprecedented brain-imaging ability.