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Glaucoma breakthrough by UNMC research team published in journal Stem Cells

A University of Nebraska Medical Center researcher has discovered that a common form of glaucoma that strikes adults may have early origin. The discovery, which is detailed in the August 9 issue of the journals Stem Cells, could result in earlier diagnosis and treatment of the disease that is the second leading cause of irreversible

September 26th, 2017|Categories: Blindness, Disease Specific|Tags: , |

Improving the longevity of functionally integrated stem cells in regenerative vision therapy

Buck scientists restore long-term vision in blind mice, making a case for addressing the immune system’s role in rejecting transplanted cells January 12, 2017/Novato, California:  Stem cell therapies hold great promise for restoring function in a variety of degenerative conditions, but one of the logistical hurdles is how to ensure the cells survive in the

New gene-editing technology partially restores vision in blind animals

November 16, 2016Salk researchers have discovered, for the first time, how to place DNA in specific locations in non-dividing cells LA JOLLA—Salk Institute researchers have discovered a holy grail of gene editing—the ability to, for the first time, insert DNA at a target location into the non-dividing cells that make up the majority of adult

November 16th, 2016|Categories: Blindness|Tags: , , , , |

New, regenerative medicine approach developed to remove congenital cataracts in infants

Published on March 10, 2016 at 1:59 AM Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Shiley Eye Institute, with colleagues in China, have developed a new, regenerative medicine approach to remove congenital cataracts in infants, permitting remaining stem cells to regrow functional lenses. The treatment, which has been tested in animals

National honor for helping “the blind see”

JANUARY 7, 2016 / KEVIN MCCORMACK, CIRM blog Those of us fortunate to have good health take so many things for granted, not the least of which is our ability to see. But, according to the World Health Organization, there are 39 million people worldwide who are blind, and another 246 million who are visually

Young brains can take on new functions

Visual cortex of blind children can be remodeled to process language. Anne Trafton | MIT News Office August 27, 2015 In 2011, MIT neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe and colleagues reported that in blind adults, brain regions normally dedicated to vision processing instead participate in language tasks such as speech and comprehension. Now, in a study of

August 27th, 2015|Categories: Blindness|Tags: , , |

Eye’s motion detection sensors identified

June 16, 2015 By Jim Dryden KERSCHENSTEINER LAB-WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY Using a labeling agent, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have been able to isolate and visualize a specific type of retinal cell (in red) in the eye that’s key to detecting motion. Driving a car at 40 mph, you see a

Study Suggests New Way of Preventing Diabetes-Associated Blindness

May 25, 2015 FAST FACTS: In people with diabetic retinopathy, growth of abnormal, leaky, fragile blood vessels in the eye can cause proliferative diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to permanent blindness. New therapies targeting a protein called VEGF have shown some success delaying the development of proliferative diabetic retinopathy, but they don’t work for all

NIH-funded study points way forward for retinal disease gene therapy

Monday, May 4, 2015 Benefits for Leber congenital amaurosis peak after one to three years, then diminish Gene therapy for Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), an inherited disorder that causes vision loss starting in childhood, improved patients’ eyesight and the sensitivity of the retina within weeks of treatment. Both of these benefits, however, peaked one to

Alternate sensory pathways may help treat blindness

by Ion Gireada on 18 February 2015 A newly discovered pathway for vision may help treat blindness, Australian researchers announced. Scientists at Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute of Monash University announced the discovery of a new pathway toward the brain and dispute the existing claim of a single route for transmitting information to the brain. The