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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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NEI publishes town hall report on cell-based products for treating retinal disease

The National Eye Institute has published "Stem cell sources and characterization in the development of cell-based products for treating retinal disease: An NEI town hall report."
Brain pathways for visual processing

Scientists discover anatomical changes in the brains of the newly sighted

Following cataract removal, some of the brain’s visual pathways seem to be more malleable than previously thought.
Researchers in the laboratory.

Herpes study adds to understanding of viral reinfections, how to potentially prevent them

A new study on herpes infections of the eye from University of Illinois Chicago researchers identifies a key protein involved in viral reinfections that could be targeted by antiviral drugs.
Axon terminals of color photoreceptors

Do people and monkeys see colors the same way?

Study from University of Washington shows some nerve cell circuits for color vision are uniquely human.

Precision eye therapy for dogs ready for human clinical development

A successful gene therapy trialed at Michigan State University in dogs with an inherited eye disease is ready to be developed for clinical use in human patients with a rare condition called retinitis pigmentosa.

Medical College of Georgia scientists work to protect the vision of premature babies

Augusta University scientists have found a new target and drug that together appear to stop retinopathy of prematurity.

Bharti appointed director of National Eye Institute Intramural Research Program

The National Eye Institute (NEI) has tapped Kapil Bharti, Ph.D., to be the next scientific director of its intramural research program.

University of Houston researcher builds new model to examine Usher syndrome

Syndrome is a leading cause of combined deafness-blindness

Reading and visual health

Researchers at the State University of New York help explain how reading might contribute to myopia.

Extremely rare gene variants point to a potential cause of age-related macular degeneration

A study from the National Eye Institute (NEI) identified rare genetic variants that could point to one of the general mechanisms driving age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common cause of vision loss in older adults.