Latest Retinitis pigmentosa Stories
Researchers at Ohio State University Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital have developed a viral vector designed to deliver a gene into the eyes of people born with an inherited, progressive form of blindness that affects mainly males.
A UK man is being treated for the progressive genetic disorder, choroideraemia, in an attempt to reverse his blindness.
In a paper published in the October 2011 issue of Experimental Biology and Medicine, a team of researchers at Columbia University Medical Center led by Stephen Tsang, MD, Ph.D have achieved temporary functional preservation of photoreceptors in a mouse model for retinitis pigmentosa (RP) using novel bipartite gene therapy.
According to Junior Blind of America), an estimated 47,000 people become blind each year; that means one person goes blind every 11 minutes.
Initially the occurrence of progressive retinal degeneration - progressive retinal atrophy, in man called retinitis pigmentosa - had been identified in Schapendoes dogs.
The first two patients with common but incurable diseases of the eye that can lead to blindness have been enrolled early in a two phase groundbreaking clinical trial of therapy that researchers are hoping will heal the damage caused by the conditions.