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2011-06-16 07:59:06

Researchers have used cutting-edge stem cell technology to correct a genetic defect present in a rare blinding disorder, another step on a promising path that may one day lead to therapies to reverse blindness caused by common retinal diseases such as macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa which affect millions of individuals. In a study appearing in an advance online publication of the journal Stem Cells on June 15, 2011, investigators used recently developed technology to generate...

2011-06-16 00:00:30

The Foundation Fighting Blindness, a national nonprofit that drives eyesight-saving research, will honor Ophthalmologist and Virginia Eye Institute Founder Anthony D. Sakowski, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., at the Richmond Dining in the Dark event. The unique luncheon will take place at noon on June 16 at the Richmond Marriott. Richmond, VA (PRWEB) June 15, 2011 The Foundation Fighting Blindness, a national nonprofit that drives eyesight-saving research, will honor Ophthalmologist and Virginia Eye...

2011-05-16 19:20:20

Scientists from Schepens Eye Research Institute are the first to regenerate large areas of damaged retinas and improve visual function using IPS cells (induced pluripotent stem cells) derived from skin. The results of their study, which is published in PLoS ONE this month, hold great promise for future treatments and cures for diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic retinopathy and other retinal diseases that affect millions worldwide. "We are very...

2011-05-12 07:47:00

BOSTON, May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists from Schepens Eye Research Institute are the first to regenerate large areas of damaged retinas and improve visual function using IPS cells (induced pluripotent stem cells) derived from skin. The results of their study, which is published in PLoS ONE this month, hold great promise for future treatments and cures for diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic retinopathy and other retinal...

2011-05-09 21:48:10

Disorders of the eye are excellent targets for gene therapy because the ocular environment is readily accessible, relatively easy to monitor, and sequestered from the rest of the body. A series of articles available online ahead of print in Human Gene Therapy, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (www.liebertpub.com), highlight several exciting developments in ocular gene therapy. The articles are available free online at www.liebertpub.com/hum Two review articles...

2011-04-20 15:01:23

Prospects for recovery of lost vision have brightened with the release of new scientific findings showing that the use of gentle near infra-red light can reverse damage caused by exposure to bright light, up to a month after treatment. The Vision Centre's Dr Krisztina Valter and doctoral researcher Rizalyn Albarracin have successfully demonstrated recovery of vision cells in the retina following near infra-red treatment applied after damage was sustained. Their advance has raised hopes for...

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2011-04-07 06:05:00

In a major breakthrough in the field of regenerative medicine, scientists have for the first time created a part of the eye critical for vision using animal stem cells, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The research could pave the way to new treatments for blindness and human eye diseases, and experts say it may even be possible to one day restore vision with transplanted retinas generated from a patient's own stem cells. The researchers, led by Yoshiki Sasai of...

2010-11-18 16:21:28

A multinational team effort of Regensburg's Institute of Human Genetics, Washington University in St. Louis, other partners and Genomatix elucidated a transcriptional network in photoreceptors and thereby identified a novel retinal disease gene Retinitis pigmentosa is an inherited eye disorder characterized by progressive loss of vision that in many instances leads to legal blindness at the end stage. In a ChIP-Seq based approach, the researchers identified a key regulatory role of the...

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2010-11-03 09:20:00

A new implant designed to help the blind has allowed three test patients to see the shapes of objects just days after they were fitted with the device, research published in the British scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B has revealed. The implants, which were developed by engineers at German's University of Tuebingen and medical technology firm Retina Implant AG, represent "an unprecedented advance in electronic visual prostheses" and could "eventually revolutionize the...

2010-10-21 09:54:00

BOSTON, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Tatsuo Hirose will receive the Schepens Eye Research Institute 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award at the Annual Meeting on Friday, October 22, 2010. He will also be honored at the Institute's 60th anniversary celebration event, which will take place the evening before at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at 776 Boylston Street in Boston and will feature a cocktail hour, dinner and performances by singers Danya Katok and Matthew Anderson. Founded in 1950 by...


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