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Two boys smile at the camera. Asymmetric dark spots block parts of the image, representing vision loss from diabetic retinopathy.

AI algorithms detect diabetic eye disease inconsistently

January 5, 2021

Researchers from UW Medicine have found that artificial intelligence-based screening algorithms to diagnose diabetic retinopathy do not perform as well as they claim.
Dr. Emily Chew of the National Eye Institute examines a patient’s eyes. Photo credit: National Eye Institute.

Routine eye scans may give clues to cognitive decline in diabetes

January 4, 2021

Scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center now have shown that routine eye imaging can identify changes in the retina that may be associated with cognitive disorders in older people with type 1 diabetes.
Fundus photo showing medium drusen

VisionQuest Gains FDA 510(k) Clearance for the Image Quality Analyzer Software

December 30, 2020

The IQA is a software system intended for use in importing, displaying, analyzing and managing images acquired with digital fundus cameras. The patented software detects the most common causes of retinal imaging artifacts.
Neurons in different colors and shapes

The tree of cortical cell types describes the diversity of neurons in the brain

December 2, 2020

An international team has published a new study that provides one of the most detailed and complete characterizations of the diversity of neural types in the brain so far.

The mammalian brain is built from many kinds of neurons. A new study reveals a holistic way to look at them.

November 12, 2020

A new lens on visual neurons is laying the groundwork for a more complete “family tree” of the mammalian brain. Study reveals a new categorization of mouse neurons that relies on multiple types of data drawn from each individual cell.
A person being examined by an eye doctor

New Method Uses Noise to Make Spectrometers More Accurate

October 13, 2020

Researchers at the UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering have come up a with a new, rapid method for characterizing and calibrating spectrometers, based on how they respond to noise.
A series of columns with differently colored fibers

Live imaging method brings structural information to mapping of brain function

September 17, 2020

NEI-funded study shows coupling of structure and function at a sub-cellular level in visual areas of the mouse brain
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Seeing the eye like never before

September 9, 2020

Scientists at the University of Washington School of Medicine detect minute changes in response to light in photoreceptors in a living eye.
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Machine learning helps grow artificial organs

July 7, 2020

Researchers have developed a neural network capable of recognizing retinal tissues during the process of their differentiation in a dish.
Fluorescent images of mouse retinal layers

Retinal Texture Could Provide Early Biomarker Of Alzheimer’s Disease

May 14, 2020

Biomedical engineers at Duke University have devised a new imaging device capable of measuring the various layers of the retina at the back of the eye, which could be used to detect Alzheimer's disease.