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Researchers Discover Clue to How to Protect Neurons and Encourage Their Growth

December 14, 2020

A multi-university team identified a family of enzymes called GCK-IV kinases whose inhibition is robustly neuroprotective, while also permitting axon regeneration.
3D printed model of Sars-CoV-2

COVID-19 Found in The Cornea: Are Transplants a Transmission Risk?

December 10, 2020

A multi-institutional study finds that COVID-19 can be found in post-mortem corneal tissue, highlighting the importance of the donor screening process.

Hydrogel Could Open New Path for Glaucoma Treatment Without Drugs or Surgery

December 7, 2020

Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a potential new treatment for the eye disease glaucoma that could replace daily eyedrops and surgery with a twice-a-year injection to control the buildup of pressure in the eye.

Brain Clears the Way for Binocular Vision Even Before Eyes are Open

December 7, 2020

Researchers from Duke University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory discovered that chandelier cells are selectively removed from the developing mouse visual cortex even before the animal’s eyes are open.
Axon nerve fibers on a red background

Vision Revision

December 2, 2020

Scientists reverse age-related vision loss, glaucoma damage in mice.
Neurons in different colors and shapes

The tree of cortical cell types describes the diversity of neurons in the brain

December 2, 2020

An international team has published a new study that provides one of the most detailed and complete characterizations of the diversity of neural types in the brain so far.

LSU Health New Orleans Discovers Drug Development Target for Retinal Dystrophies

December 1, 2020

A new study shows that deleting one of the inhibitors of the RPE65 gene in a mouse model that carries a human disease mutation prevents degeneration of cone photoreceptors that are used for daytime high-resolution color vision.

Cortex over reflex: Study traces circuits where executive control overcomes instinct

November 30, 2020

A new study by MIT neuroscientists shows how the brain is wired for both by tracking the specific circuits involved and their effect on visually cued actions.
diagram of the eye

Unique Schwann Cells: The Eyes Have It

November 20, 2020

A new study from University of Connecticut details a method of characterizing every cell in the cornea using an approach known as single-cell RNA sequence analysis to answer questions about the cornea’s healing process.

Envision color: Activity patterns in the brain are specific to the color you see

November 16, 2020

Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have decoded brain maps of human color perception.