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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...

2010-10-18 13:56:14

Oct. 18 AAO-MEACO 2010 Joint Meeting scientific program Today's Scientific Program of the 2010 American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) - Middle East-Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) Joint Meeting includes a report on beta carotene's ability to improve vision in people with certain incurable retinal diseases. The AAO-MEACO meeting"“the world's largest, most comprehensive ophthalmic education conference"“is in session October 16 through 19 at McCormick Place, Chicago. 9-cis...

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...


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