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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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Life after death for the human eye

May 11, 2022

Scientists have revived light-sensing neuron cells in organ donor eyes and restored communication between them as part of a series of discoveries that stand to transform brain and vision research.
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Retinal cell map could advance precise therapies for blinding diseases

May 6, 2022

Researchers have identified distinct differences among the cells comprising a tissue in the retina that is vital to human visual perception. The scientists from the National Eye Institute (NEI) discovered five subpopulations of retinal pigment epithelium.
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NEI researchers discover cellular events that precede neurodegenerative eye disease

April 21, 2022

Molecular and cellular changes in rod photoreceptors are detectable in a mouse model of retinal degeneration several days prior to observable morphological changes, according to researchers at the National Eye Institute.
Schematic shows blood vessel leakage on side of retina

Vision improvement is long-lasting with treatment for blinding blood vessel condition

April 21, 2022

NIH-funded study finds many patients with retinal vein occlusion have vision benefits, but require long-term monitoring and treatment
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How do our eyes stay focused on what we reach for? Researchers uncover how our gaze is “anchored” in the brain

April 20, 2022

Findings offer new insights into how our movements are coordinated
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Ultrasound gave us our first baby pictures. Can it also help the blind see?

April 13, 2022

The research team in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering is exploring a non-surgical solution that could restore sight by using another of the five senses. Sound.
Image of Cortical neurons

Scientists unveil the format of working memory

April 7, 2022

A team of scientists has discovered how working memory is “formatted”—a finding that enhances our understanding of how visual memories are stored.
Cells of fruit fly visual system stained in rainbow colors

Scientists pinpoint what makes brain cells develop in a specific order

April 6, 2022

A study of the visual system of fruit flies reveals factors regulating neuron development and uncovers similarities with human brain development

New UCI-led study lays foundation for establishing base editing as a one-time, durable treatment for inherited retinal degeneration

April 5, 2022

A new study indicates base editing may provide long-lasting retinal protection and prevent vision deterioration in patients with inherited retinal degeneration, specifically in Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) patients.
Photoreceptor degeneration tied to lipofuscin accumulation.

Advancing a treatment for a common eye disease that lacks one

April 1, 2022

The road from discovering a potential drug to getting the therapy into the hands of patients is a long and uncertain one. An NIH program called Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network helps basic researchers prep for clinical trials and regulatory approval.