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2010-04-29 10:42:56

Veterinary vision scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have safely and successfully used a viral vector in targeting a class of photoreceptors of the retina called rods, a critical first step in developing gene therapies for inherited blindness caused by rod degeneration. In this study, the viral vector, or missile that carries the genetic material designed to correct a DNA mutation, was not intended to treat a disease but to demonstrate through the use of a fluorescent protein that a...

2010-04-21 14:47:00

PHILADELPHIA -- Veterinary ophthalmology researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have used gene therapy to restore retinal cone function and day vision in two canine models of congenital achromatopsia, also called rod monochromacy or total color blindness. Achromatopsia is a rare autosomal recessive disorder with an estimated prevalence in human beings of about 1 in 30,000 to 50,000. It primarily affects the function of the cone photoreceptors in the retina and serves as a...

2010-04-06 09:24:00

BONN, Germany, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- IMI Intelligent Medical Implants, a pioneer developer of a system designed to restore vision to people blinded by diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa or macular degeneration, has named veteran life sciences executive, Robert J. Rosenthal, Ph.D., chief executive officer. He is also a member of the IMI board of directors. Dr. Rosenthal has more than 20 years of experience fostering product innovation and building value for customers, shareholders, and...

2010-03-31 16:38:44

New research in the FASEB Journal shows that nucleic acid nanoparticle platform delivery technology achieves successful gene transfer and reverses affects of retinitis pigmentosa in mice Take a look at this: Scientists from Buffalo, Cleveland, and Oklahoma City made a huge step toward making the blind see, and they did it by using a form of gene therapy that does not involve the use of modified viruses. In a research report published in the April 2010 print issue of The FASEB Journal...

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2010-03-22 13:59:01

Tel Aviv University pioneers research for new retinal implant technology Television's Six Million Dollar Man foresaw a future when man and machine would become one. New research at Tel Aviv University is making this futuristic "vision" of bionics a reality. Prof. Yael Hanein of Tel Aviv University's School of Electrical Engineering has foundational research that may give sight to blind eyes, merging retinal nerves with electrodes to stimulate cell growth. Successful so far in animal models,...

2010-03-02 07:30:00

NEW YORK, March 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lighthouse International, the non-profit leader in vision healthcare, research, education and advocacy, launches a new website that features the first customizable, low-vision simulator that shows how a person with an eye disease sees the world. Visitors can choose a video from YouTube and select a filter that simulates retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy. Link to VISION SIMULATOR According to...

2010-02-24 14:36:45

Findings could affect future treatments for macular degeneration, stargardt disease & other forms of retinal disease NEW YORK -- An international research team led by Columbia University Medical Center successfully used mouse embryonic stem cells to replace diseased retinal cells and restore sight in a mouse model of retinitis pigmentosa. This strategy could potentially become a new treatment for retinitis pigmentosa, a leading cause of blindness that affects approximately one in 3,000 to...

2010-02-03 07:10:00

LIVONIA, Mich., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- To commemorate Low Vision Awareness Month this February, Dr. Sheldon Smith, optometrist at Low Vision of Michigan, P.C., is offering free evaluations to patients diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a leading cause of low vision, in hopes that they might be candidates for a brand-new device designed to enhance or restore sight. Until recently, very little was available to help individuals suffering from RP. However, Dr. Smith, New Jersey...

2010-01-31 17:20:00

International scientists today reported encouraging results in human trials of the use of the herb saffron for treating one of the commonest causes of loss of sight in old age. Professor Silvia Bisti and Prof. Benedetto Falsini with colleagues from The Vision Centre, the University of L'Aquila and Catholic University of Rome, Italy, told an international vision conference in Sydney that a clinical trial had confirmed earlier hopes that saffron could improve the function of the retina in...

2010-01-27 10:58:03

Researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine and the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts have developed a new tool for gene therapy that significantly increases gene delivery to cells in the retina compared to other carriers and DNA alone, according to a study published in the January issue of The Journal of Gene Medicine. The tool, a peptide called PEG-POD, provides a vehicle for therapeutic genes and may help researchers develop therapies for degenerative eye...


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