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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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Small creatures teach big lessons

January 24, 2023

In the vision field, researchers turn to a variety of small, non-mammalian animal models to help bridge gaps in our scientific knowledge.
Eye with coloboma

Zebrafish model helps explain eye development

January 11, 2023

Developed by NIH scientists, the model also sheds light on developmental eye disorders such as coloboma.
Two boys smile at camera. The outer portion of the image is darkened, representing vision loss from glaucoma.

New genetic mutation behind childhood glaucoma identified

November 30, 2022

An international team led by Harvard Medical School scientists has discovered a new genetic mutation that may be a root cause of severe cases of childhood glaucoma, a devastating condition that runs in families.
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New UC Irvine-led study shows repeated stress accelerates aging of the eye

November 21, 2022

Researchers say findings reveal potential glaucoma drugs targets.
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NEI researchers home in on a new cause of Stargardt disease

October 27, 2022

Using a new stem-cell based model made from skin cells, scientists found the first direct evidence that Stargardt-related ABCA4 gene mutations affect a layer of cells in the eye called the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE).
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3D map reveals DNA organization within human retina cells

October 7, 2022

National Eye Institute researchers mapped the organization of human retinal cell chromatin, the fibers that package 3 billion nucleotide-long DNA molecules into compact structures that fit into chromosomes within each cell’s nucleus.
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Tuncay first to complete NEI international fellowship in ocular genetics

September 26, 2022

Fulya Yaylacıoğlu Tuncay, M.D., Ph.D., said she gained crucial experience in translational medicine as the first participant in an ocular genetics fellowship program sponsored by NEI and the International Council of Ophthalmology.
Image of an eye with choroideremia, characterized by enlarged RPE cells.

Novel imaging approach reveals important details about rare eye disease choroideremia

September 13, 2022

Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have shown for the first time how cells across different tissue layers in the eye are affected in people with choroideremia, a rare genetic disorder that leads to blindness.
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NIH researchers develop gene therapy for rare ciliopathy

September 8, 2022

Researchers from the National Eye Institute (NEI) have developed a gene therapy that rescues cilia defects in retinal cells affected by a type of Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), a disease that causes blindness in early childhood.

Employee Offers Personal Account of NIH-Supported Clinical Research

July 22, 2022

Dr. David Kosub shares a first-hand experience of participating in the National Ophthalmic Disease Genotyping and Phenotyping Network (eyeGENE).