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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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fMRI of dog brain showing bright activation in the visual cortex.

Using fMRI, new vision study finds promising model for restoring cone function

Researchers have found that in dogs, fMRI can detect brain responses to daylight vision for black and white information as well as color information, and identify the area of the visual cortex that responds to stimulation of a cone-rich retinal region.
Scientist examines scientific images on a screen in a dark room.

Retinal imaging and genetics data used to predict future disease risk

Researchers combined retinal imaging, genetics and big data to estimate how likely a person is to develop eye and systemic diseases in the future.

Standardizing eye imaging data

The NEI and partners have published an editorial on the value of being able to store and share eye imaging data in standard formats.

Signs of glaucoma may be detectable years in advance of disease onset

Research funded by the National Eye Institute suggests that low density of pigment in the macula, the region of the retina required for sharp central vision, is associated with thinning of the retina and may serve as an early warning sign of glaucoma.
Williams, Miller, Roorda, and Liang

NEI grantees win Rank Prize for imaging technology

David Williams, Donald Miller, and Austin Roorda, received recognition for the development of instruments that use adaptive optics technologies to capture high-resolution images of the retina.

All of Us workshop summary posted

All of Us is assembling a large-cohort dataset of at least 1 million participants who reflect the diversity of the U.S. population.
Andrew Bower

NEI postdoc to use research award to study cellular function with adaptive optics

The K99/R00 provides a runway for postdocs seeking to transition from mentored positions to tenure track positions at academic institutions in the U.S.

NEI grantees receive Lasker Award for imaging discovery

The Lasker Foundation cited a trio of scientists, who with NEI funding, developed OCT, one of the most widely used technologies for imaging the eye.

Study uncovers novel synaptic intricacies inside the retina

A Northwestern Medicine study has uncovered novel cellular mechanisms within the retina, findings that could help advance the development of targeted therapeutics for diseases and conditions affecting vision.

Night vision tests in age-related macular degeneration precisely localize disease mechanisms

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham discovered that night vision tests at a specific location in the retina will be suitable for assessing treatments and preventions for AMD.