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2009-03-31 08:50:25

St. Jude study findings suggest that therapies to restore vision in people with retinal degeneration should emphasize the use of other types of stem cells Cells isolated from the eye that many scientists believed were retinal stem cells are, in fact, normal adult cells, investigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have found. If retinal stem cells could be obtained, they might provide the basis for treatments to restore sight to millions of people with blindness caused by retinal...

2009-03-30 16:03:00

St. Jude study findings suggest that therapies to restore vision in people with retinal degeneration should emphasize the use of other types of stem cells MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cells isolated from the eye that many scientists believed were retinal stem cells are, in fact, normal adult cells, investigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have found. If retinal stem cells could be obtained, they might provide the basis for treatments to restore sight to...

2009-03-05 09:44:54

Researchers are working to shed new light on the most common form of blindness among adults, and their findings are suggesting an innovative way forward for treatment. Macular degeneration develops when the central part of the retina loses light-sensitive cells. The neurons responsible for relaying visual messages to the brain remain intact, but without the cells, people lose the sharp central vision needed for everyday tasks like reading or driving. Previous research found these neurons...

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...

2008-09-03 09:00:46

LINCOLN, R.I., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Neurotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held biotechnology company focused on the development of sight-saving therapeutics for chronic retinal diseases, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designations for NT-501 for the treatment of visual loss in two indications -- retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (dry AMD). NT-501 is an intraocular, cell containing...

2008-08-20 15:01:11

U.S.-led scientists say they've identified a critical protein complex in the growth of cell cilia that might have a key role in many serious diseases. The team led by the New York University Cancer Institute said the protein complex regulates the formation of primary cilia, which are found on virtually all mature human cells and are essential to normal cell function. The researchers led by Professor Brian Dynlacht, director of the institute's Genomics Facility, said the antenna-like...

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2008-03-18 15:55:00

New hope for regenerating the human retina damaged by disease or injuryScientists at Schepens Eye Research Institute have discovered what chemical in the eye triggers the dormant capacity of certain non-neuronal cells to transform into progenitor cells, a stem-like cell that can generate new retinal cells. The discovery, published in the March issue of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (IOVS), offers new hope to victims of diseases that harm the retina, such as macular...


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