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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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Group of cells tinted purple in the middle and pink at the edges representing a human induced stem cell colony from a patient with albinism.

NIH researchers develop first stem cell model of albinism to study related eye conditions

January 11, 2022

Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have developed the first patient-derived stem cell model for studying eye conditions related to oculocutaneous albinism (OCA).
Side-by-side photos of trial participant before and after treatment

Nitisinone Increases Melanin in People With Albinism

February 20, 2019

A small pilot clinical study at the National Eye Institute (NEI) suggests that the drug nitisinone increases melanin production in some people with oculocutaneous albinism type 1B (OCA-1B), a rare genetic disease that causes pale skin and hair and poor vi
James Golladay and Aman George hold up grant award check

Knights Templar Eye Foundation awards research grant to NEI scientist

June 21, 2018

National Eye Institute (NEI) Postdoctoral Fellow Aman George, Ph.D., has received a $65,000 grant from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation to identify new drug treatments for vision impairment in children with a type of albinism.
Picture of Aman George in the lab

NIH scientists identify disorder causing blindness, deafness, albinism and fragile bones

February 28, 2017

Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, have identified the genetic underpinnings of a rare disorder that causes children to be born with deafness, blindness, albinism and fragile bones.
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New research unlocks a mystery of albinism

December 16, 2014

Newly published research provides the first demonstration of how a genetic mutation associated with a common form of albinism leads to the lack of melanin pigments that characterizes the condition.