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2009-05-28 07:32:00

LINCOLN, R.I., May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Neurotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the Company's product candidate, NT-501, demonstrated a strong biologic effect in two Phase 2 clinical trials for retinitis pigmentosa (RP). RP is a slowly developing condition that causes the progressive degeneration of rod & cone photoreceptor cells in the retina that over time diminishes night and peripheral vision and eventually leads to blindness. RP is an orphan-designated indication for which...

2008-10-30 09:00:41

StemCells, Inc. (NASDAQ:STEM) reported today that its proprietary HuCNS-SC(R) product candidate (purified human neural stem cells), when transplanted into a well-established animal model, can protect the retina from progressive degeneration. Retinal degeneration leads to loss of vision in diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. This promising study was conducted by Dr. Raymond Lund, a researcher and professor at the Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health...

2007-06-04 12:00:42

Copernicus Therapeutics, Inc. announced today that a research team at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, led by Dr. Muna Naash, Professor of Cell Biology, demonstrated that Copernicus' DNA nanoparticles corrected vision defects in a mouse model of retinitis pigmentosa (RP). These findings were presented at the American Society of Gene Therapy meeting in Seattle, WA. Mutations in genes important in the biology of vision cause RP, a common genetic form of visual impairment...

2005-08-03 15:09:44

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - University of Florida scientists used a healthy human gene to prevent blindness in mice with a form of an incurable eye disease that strikes boys. Writing in the August issue of Molecular Therapy, scientists from the UF Genetics Institute describe how they successfully used gene therapy in mice to treat retinoschisis, a rare genetic disorder that is passed from mothers, who retain their sight, to their sons. "Currently there is no treatment," said William Hauswirth,...

2004-11-25 15:00:08

Moran Eye Center researchers have found gene mutations that result in retinitis pigmentosa (RP), one of the leading causes of blindness. The discovery has raised fears that medications commonly used to treat both heart disease and glaucoma may trigger the eye disease in even those without the mutation because of similarities in what the mutations and the drugs do to the eyes. The research, published in the online version of Human Molecular Genetics Wednesday, says each gene mutation...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.