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Scientists use gene therapy and a novel light-sensing protein to restore vision in mice

October 22, 2020

A newly developed light-sensing protein called the MCO1 opsin restores vision in blind mice when attached to retina bipolar cells using gene therapy. The National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, provided a Small Business Innovati

Eye institute’s audacious quest: What once was lost might now be regrown

October 13, 2020

The National Eye Institute (NEI) Audacious Goals Initiative (AGI) is exploring the possibility that the natural world holds the keys to restorative therapies that might unlock regenerative powers in humans.

Could a tiny fish hold the key to curing blindness?

September 25, 2020

NEI-funded scientists are hacking the zebrafish’s innate regenerative capacity to learn how to treat human disease.

New stem cell technique offers hope for those with corneal damage

September 1, 2020

Harvard Medical School surgeons at Massachusetts Eye and Ear have replaced the ocular surface of four patients who each experienced chemical burns to one eye.

National Eye Institute establishes office of regenerative medicine

June 18, 2020

The National Eye Institute (NEI) has established an office to accelerate progress in regenerative medicine for eye disease and vision disorders.

Temple Scientists Regenerate Neurons in Mice with Spinal Cord Injury and Optic Nerve Damage

April 30, 2020

New research by scientists at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine Temple University (LKSOM) shows that gains in functional recovery from optic nerve injuries may be possible, thanks to a molecule known as Lin28, which regulates cell growth.

Researchers restore sight in mice by turning skin cells into light-sensing eye cells

April 15, 2020

Researchers have discovered a technique for directly reprogramming skin cells into light-sensing rod photoreceptors used for vision. The lab-made rods enabled blind mice to detect light after the cells were transplanted into the animals’ eyes.

Florida Atlantic Scientists land NEI grant for tissue engineering approach

April 3, 2020

The Kantorow Laboratory and research program have been continually funded by the NIH’s National Eye Institute for almost two decades.

‘Primitive’ Stem Cells Shown to Regenerate Blood Vessels in The Eye

March 9, 2020

Researchers turn back the biological hands of time, making adult cells revert to a primitive state with the potential to replace and repair retinal blood vessels.

Scientists successfully test new way to deliver gene therapy​

March 6, 2020

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have used a unique method to safely deliver gene therapy to fight a rare, but irreversible, genetic eye disorder known as Stargardt disease.