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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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A man and a dog in front of an MRI scanner

Decoding Canine Cognition

September 14, 2022

Scientists have decoded visual images from a dog’s brain, offering a first look at how the canine mind reconstructs what it sees.
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NEI hosts video contest winners

September 13, 2022

A July 22 event welcomed 10 teens from across the country as a reward for their winning submissions to the first-ever NEI “Eye on the Future” video competition. More than 40 high-school students submitted 3-minute science-themed videos to the contest.
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.
Retinal organoid with green photoreceptor outer segments.

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.
Ants

Anti-insulin protein linked to longevity and reproduction in ants

September 2, 2022

An insulin-suppressing protein may be the fountain of youth for ants and provides clues about aging in other species, according to a study led by New York University researchers.
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First U.S. patient receives autologous stem cell therapy to treat dry AMD

August 31, 2022

The patient received the therapy as part of a clinical trial that is the first in the United States to use replacement tissues from patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells.
Fluorencent microscope image of retinal organoid colored in red, blue and green

Three teams win NIH’s 3D Retinal Organoid Challenge

August 31, 2022

Three scientific teams that developed physiologically competent retinal organoid systems have won the final phase of the 3D Retinal Organoid Challenge (3D ROC).
Long distance connections in the brain.

New method enables long-lasting imaging of rapid brain activity in individual cells deep in the cortex

August 18, 2022

Scientists at Baylor College of Medicine and collaborating institutions report a new sensor that allows neuroscientists to image brain activity without missing signals, for an extended time and deeper in the brain than previously possible.
A 3D readout of a protein gel.

Baylor Study Combines Lithophane, 3D Printing to Make Scientific Data Accessible to Everyone Regardless of Level of Eyesight

August 17, 2022

Scientists use old-fashioned art form and 3D printing to make major advance in eliminating exclusion of individuals with blindness or low vision from chemistry and other life sciences.
Dr. Michael Steinmetz

NEI mourns the loss of Dr. Michael Steinmetz

August 1, 2022

The director of the NEI Division of Extramural Science Programs (DESP), passed away on July 30 following a boating accident.