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Get the facts about clinical trials and studies

Clinical studies — research studies that involve people — can help researchers learn more about eye problems. One type of study, called a clinical trial, helps researchers try out new ways to find and treat eye diseases.

Research Laboratory

Explore our research labs

Vision research involves many different fields — including biology, epidemiology, genetics, immunology, and more.

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Discover jobs, internships, and fellowships at NEI

Be a part of our research! NEI has career opportunities for vision researchers and internships, fellowships, and other training programs for students and professionals at our labs in Bethesda, MD.

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Want to learn more about NEI’s research? Interested in getting involved? Get in touch with NEI’s Division of Intramural Research.

Research News

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NIH-funded study shows children recycle brain regions when acquiring new skills

June 17, 2021

Scientists studied the brain activity of school-aged children during development and found that regions that activated upon seeing limbs (hands, legs, etc.) subsequently activated upon seeing faces or words when the children grew older.
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Scientists unravel the function of a sight-saving growth factor

June 16, 2021

Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have determined how certain short protein fragments, called peptides, can protect neuronal cells found in the light-sensing retina layer at the back of the eye.
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What makes us sneeze?

June 15, 2021

A team led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has identified, in mice, specific cells and proteins that control the sneeze reflex.
Last updated: July 19, 2019