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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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Phoebe Lin, MD, PhD

Pathway to better eye health runs through the gut

December 21, 2021

Ocular inflammation research from OHSU targets gastrointestinal microbes.

Reimagining immunity in the eye

December 8, 2021

In a new study, the researchers show that immune cells respond to the lens, not just following an acute injury in the eye, but also to long-lasting inflammation.
Mouse retina

NIH scientists discover new B cell that tempers autoimmunity

December 2, 2021

Findings in mice point to potential therapies for blinding eye disease uveitis and multiple sclerosis
Eye diagram showing the uvea, optic nerve, retina, sclera, cornea and pupil.

International coalition classifies 25 subtypes of uveitis, an inflammatory eye disease

June 7, 2021

An international coalition of eye researchers used machine learning to develop classification criteria for 25 of the most common types of uveitis, a collection of over 30 diseases characterized by inflammation inside the eye.
Dr. Scott examining a dog's eyes

Texas A&M Researchers Develop Treatment For Canine Ocular Condition Using Turmeric

September 3, 2020

A College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and College of Pharmacy team believes the medication may also translate to the treatment of cataracts and uveitis in humans.
IL-17A acts on Th17 cells to produce anti-inflammatory response

Dual role discovered for molecule involved in autoimmune eye disease

July 23, 2020

The inflammatory molecule interleukin-17A (IL-17A) triggers immune cells that in turn reduce IL-17A’s pro-inflammatory activity, according to a new NEI study.
eye anatomy graphic

Two commonly used uveitis drugs perform similarly in NIH-funded clinical trial

September 10, 2019

Methotrexate and the more expensive mycophenolate mofetil performed similarly in a head-to-head clinical trial that compared the two drugs for treating noninfectious uveitis, an eye disease that accounts for up to 15% of blindness in the U. S.
Grantee News

Microglia, the Immune Cells of the Central Nervous System, Shown to Regulate Neuroinflammation

April 22, 2019

A research team at Massachusetts Eye and Ear has shown that microglia, the primary immune cells of the central nervous system—including the retina of the eye—serve as “gatekeepers,” or biosensors and facilitators, of neuroinflammation...
Grantee News

Promising treatment for disease that destroys eye tissue

October 9, 2018

Researchers at the University of North Texas Health Science Center have shown that the MDM2 inhibitor class of drugs can treat uveitis in mice.
Physician examines patient's eye

Therapy applied directly inside the eye best for treating uveitic macular edema

September 27, 2018

Delivery of corticosteroids directly into the eye is more effective than injections adjacent to the eye, according to results from a comparative clinical trial of macular edema in patients with noninfectious uveitis.