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2010-08-18 11:05:00

BOSTON, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Eli Peli, senior scientist and vision rehabilitation researcher at Schepens Eye Research Institute, has won the 2010 Edwin H. Land Medal. The prize is given each year in honor of Edwin H. Land, inventor, vision scientist, entrepreneur and founder of the Polaroid Corporation, headquartered in Massachusetts since 1937. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100818/NE51874 ) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100818/NE51874 ) The award,...

2010-08-16 18:16:15

In one of only two studies of its kind, a study from researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine and the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts demonstrates that non-viral gene therapy can delay the onset of some forms of eye disease and preserve vision. The team developed nanoparticles to deliver therapeutic genes to the retina and found that treated mice temporarily retained more eyesight than controls. The study, published online in advance of print in Molecular...

2010-08-05 13:56:27

Neurobiologists funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) have discovered a potential cure for degenerative vision diseases leading to terminal blindness. The solution, however, may be rooted in an unconventional therapeutic approach. Scientists at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, Switzerland, are manipulating the proteins that cause blindness in mice. The scientists have successfully restored vision in the light-sensing cells of the retina. Dr. Thomas...

2010-08-04 08:00:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Fight for Sight, an organization that has supported eye and vision research since 1946 by providing funds to promising scientists early in their careers, today announced its 64th annual selection of grantees for outstanding eye research projects. This year, 35 grants valued at $288,300 have been awarded to researchers in three categories: seven Post-Doctoral Awards, five Grants-in-Aid, and 23 Summer Student Fellowships. This year's grants fund research on...

2010-07-22 01:49:05

UMass Medical School coordinating a $2.1 million three-year clinical trial Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) believe they may have found a new treatment for retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a severe neurodegenerative disease of the retina that ultimately results in blindness. One of the more common retinal degenerative diseases, RP is caused by the death of photoreceptor cells and affects 1 in 4,000 people in the United States. RP typically manifests in young...

2010-07-15 04:29:00

TOKYO, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- R-Tech Ueno, Ltd. announced on July 15 the completion of the Phase II clinical study on the ophthalmic solution UF-021 (product name Ocuseva (TM)) under development as a therapeutic drug for retinitis pigmentosa (Note 1). Below is a summary of the detailed results of the study. - Description - The Phase II clinical study ("this study" hereafter) on the ophthalmic solution UF-021 (product name Ocuseva (TM)) for retinitis pigmentosa, a refractory disease for...

2010-07-14 14:18:11

Scientists from The Vision Centre have reported remarkable progress in developing ways to restore sight to people suffering from age-related vision loss. Non-invasive treatments that enable damaged vision cells to repair themselves are likely to be a common treatment for ageing people within a few years, says Professor Jonathan Stone of The Vision Centre and University of Sydney. "We're at an exciting stage of the research where it is really starting to look possible to reverse vision loss,...

2010-07-07 15:45:15

Japanese team hopes new discovery will aid in creation of therapies for visual, hearing problems It's safe to say that cilia, the hairlike appendages jutting out from the smooth surfaces of most mammalian cells, have long been misunderstood "“ underestimated, even. Not to be confused with their whiplike cousins flagella, which propel sperm, one type of cilia has been known to serve as microscopic conveyor belts. (Picture cilia reaching up like concertgoers supporting a crowd-surfer.)...

2010-06-25 15:11:33

Retinitis pigmentosa affects over one million people worldwide and is manifested by a progressive loss of sight, eventually leading to blindness. Retinitis pigmentosa is a form of inherited retinal degeneration that affects the light-sensitive cells : photoreceptors. Photoreceptors are a special type of neuron which convert light into nervous impulses. These impulses are then processed by the retina and transmitted along the nerve fibres to the brain. There are two types of photoreceptors:...

2010-06-14 13:06:09

A new gene explains variability in symptoms Usher syndrome (USH), an inherited condition involving both hearing and vision loss, is not a simply recessively inherited disease, a scientist will tell the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics today (Saturday). Dr. Hanno Bolz, Associate Medical Director of the Bioscientia Centre for Human Genetics, Ingelheim, Germany, and active in teaching and research at the University Hospital of Cologne, will say that his team's research...


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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
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