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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 | Blindness, Medical Studies, Retina

Gene Therapy Gives Long-Term Protection to Photoreceptor Cells in a Mouse Model of Retinitis Pigmentosa

A collaboration between scientists in the UK and the USA has shown that gene therapy can give life-long protection to the light-sensitive photoreceptor cells responsible for colour vision in a mouse m…

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 | Blindness, Retina

My Retina Tracker Is Crowdsourcing Blindness Research

There are hundreds of genetic mutations that can cause blindness, making number crunching extremely important when it comes to curing blindness. is attempting to tackle the ma…

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Monday, March 30, 2015 | Blindness, Partnerships

Avalanche Biotechnologies and the University of Washington Enter Into Exclusive License Agreement to Develop Gene Therapy Medicines to Treat Color Blindness

Avalanche Biotechnologies announced that it has entered into an exclusive license agreement with the University of Washington in Seattle to develop products based on Avalanche’s proprietary Ocul…

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Monday, March 30, 2015 | Blindness

First Vision-Restoring "Bionic Eye" Implant Performed in Hawaii

Groundbreaking bionic retinal implant surgery has been performed in Honolulu by a team at the Eye Surgery Center of Hawaii. The procedure is the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region to help re…

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | Blindness

Selfie Danger During Solar Eclipse, Eye Experts Warn

Taking pictures of Friday's solar eclipse on a smartphone could put people at risk of blindness, eye experts warn. The College of Optometrists says the danger comes should people look directly at …

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Thursday, March 05, 2015 | Blindness, Second Sight Medical Products

Second Sight Announces Successful First Implants of the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System at Two New Centers in Italy

Second Sight Medical Products announced that two newly approved centers, located in Camposampiero and Florence, have successfully completed their first commercial implants of the Argus II Retinal Pros…

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | Blindness

LSU Health New Orleans Makes Discovery Key to Preventing Blindness and Stroke Devastation

Research led by Nicolas Bazan, MD, PhD, Boyd Professor, Ernest C. and Yvette C. Villere Chair of Retinal Degeneration Research, and Director of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence at LSU Health New …

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | Blindness

Researchers Advance the Science Behind Treating Patients with Corneal Blindness

Researchers in the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute have devised a novel way to generate transplantable corneal stem cells that may eventually benefit patients suffering…

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | Blindness

Simulation May Harm People's Attitudes Toward Blindness

Using simulation to walk in the shoes of a person who is blind -- such as wearing a blindfold while performing everyday tasks -- has negative effects on people's perceptions of the visually impair…

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Thursday, October 09, 2014 | Blindness

New Data on the Global Economic Impact and Burden of Preventable Blindness and Vision Impairment Highlighted for World Sight Day

To highlight the critical need for access to eye care and regular eye examinations, Novartis and its eye care division, Alcon, are introducing new data on World Sight Day, highlighting the economic im…

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014 | Blindness

Foundation Fighting Blindness and Harrington Discovery Institute Partner to Accelerate Drug Development for Critical Causes of Blindness

The Foundation Fighting Blindness in Columbia, Maryland, and Harrington Discovery Institute in Cleveland announced a new nationwide initiative, “The Gund-Harrington National Initiative for Fighting …

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 | Blindness

Genzyme Collaborates on Gene Therapy for Rare Disease that Causes Childhood Blindness

Genzyme announced the establishment of a research collaboration with the University of Florida and the University of Pennsylvania to develop a gene therapy for the treatment of a rare genetic disease …

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014 | Blindness

New British Biotech Firm to Tap Gene Therapy for Blindness

Oxford scientists have set up a biotechnology company to develop the use of gene therapy in treating blindness, and the Wellcome Trust medical charity has invested 12 million pounds ($20 million) in t…

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Friday, January 17, 2014 | Blindness

First Step in Gene Therapy for Rare Form of Blindness

Choroideremia joins the list of single-gene diseases that respond to gene therapy, according to results of a phase 1/2 clinical trial published online January 15 in the Lancet. The findings are a firs…

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Thursday, December 05, 2013 | Blindness

Geographical Differences Found in Causes of Blindness Worldwide

A new study has revealed that the proportion of vision impairment and blindness worldwide that is caused by cataract and macular degeneration varies geographically. The findings are published in The L…

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