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Resources for Researchers

Explore these links to get important background and guidance for vision researchers.

Find regenerative medicine resources

The NEI Office of Regenerative Medicine (ORM) provides scientific and administrative support to the vision research community. The ORM facilitates collaboration among scientists across the NIH and other federal agencies, academia, and nonprofit and private research sectors. ORM’s goal is to accelerate progress in regenerative medicine for vision.

Access resources for genetic research

Find information for vision researchers and links to databases of genetic information, policies related to genetic research, and consortiums currently conducting studies on the genetics of vision problems.

Request 11-cis-retinal for your research

This compound is essential to many types of vision research, and NEI can offer up to 20 milligrams each year to researchers — with priority for principal investigators on NEI-funded studies.

Explore NIH research with RePORT

NIH strives for the highest levels of transparency and public accountability. The Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) provides access to reports, data, and analyses of NIH research.

Learn about stem cell research

Stem cell therapies have the potential to revolutionize the treatment of vision disorders and eye diseases — but researchers are still learning about how to use them safely. Get updates on stem cell research being conducted or supported by NIH, state initiatives, universities and other institutions, and the global scientific community.

Find human tissue resources for eye research through HTORR

The Human Tissue and Organ Research Resource (HTORR) is an NIH-wide program that provides high-quality human biospecimens to investigators to facilitate scientific advances in biomedical research across multiple disciplines. At present HTORR is managed by National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) that has provided vision researchers with high-quality human tissues and organs to advance biomedical research for more than 30 years.

Last updated: June 26, 2023