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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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Powerful enzyme that tamps down inflammation holds promise for protecting eyes in diabetes, premature birth

October 12, 2022

An enzyme under study to treat certain cancers is also showing promise in reducing the significant vision damage that can result from diabetes and premature birth, scientists report.
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Iriqat and Lee deliver Global Health Vision Lectures

October 7, 2022

Series fosters global collaboration and exchange of information among international vision researchers and eye health clinical scientists
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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.
LCA is an inherited disorder that causes vision loss in childhood. It primarily affects the functioning of the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, as shown here. Photo credit: National Eye Institute

Eye-opening discovery about adult brain’s ability to recover vision

October 5, 2022

University of California, Irvine team demonstrates the adult brain has the potential to partially recover from inherited blindness.
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Researchers discover new molecular driver of retinoblastoma

September 30, 2022

Study from UT Southwestern Medical Center could lead to new treatments for deadly childhood eye cancer.
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NEI’s Preston teaches, inspires young scientists

September 30, 2022

A graduate student at the National Eye Institute, Preston volunteered this summer as a virtual instructor in the 8-week-long Journal of Emerging Investigators Mini Ph.D. Program.
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NEI scientists publish protocol for making patient-derived eye tissue

September 28, 2022

The protocol gives step-by-step instructions, starting with patient-derived pluripotent stem cells, transitioning them to retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells and finally maturing them into RPE tissue.
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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.
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Nonprofit Hadley launches online tutorials for people with vision loss, in Spanish

September 22, 2022

Hadley has partnered with the National Eye Institute (NEI) to offer online tutorials in Spanish through Hadley’s online learning hub, Hadley.edu
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Wayne State University researchers use drug repurposing to treat resistant bacterial eye infections

September 15, 2022

Researchers from Wayne State University School of Medicine have identified three non-antibiotic drugs that can protect the eye from severe inflammation during bacterial infection.