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Recent News from the National Eye Institute

Wednesday, March 21, 2018  
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Recent News from the National Eye Institute

 

Immune cells in the retina can spontaneously regenerate

Immune cells called microglia can completely repopulate themselves in the retina after being nearly eliminated, according to a new study in mice from scientists at the NEI. The cells also re-establish their normal organization and function.

 

NIH launches international study of AMD progression

A new clinical study led by the NEI, part of the National Institutes of Health, will follow 500 people over five years to learn more about the natural history of early age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

 

Low vision research shifts into overdrive

Tim Goetz drives about 200,000 miles each year. Remarkably, Goetz is legally blind. Research funded by the NEI is helping Goetz and others like him get or stay behind the wheel while keeping roads safe for everyone.

 

NIH solicits next-generation retina organoids in prize competition

A competition for radical ideas in the fight against blindness will move to its next phase by challenging participants to build functioning human retina prototypes. The NEI 3-D Retina Organoid Challenge (NEI 3-D ROC 2020) is a $1-million federal prize competition designed to generate lab-grown human retinas from stem cells. Organoids developed for the competition will mimic the structure, organization, and function of the human retina, the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye.

 

See the NEI news archive at https://nei.nih.gov/pressreleases.


NEI leads the federal government’s research on the visual system and eye diseases. NEI supports basic and clinical science programs to develop sight-saving treatments and address special needs of people with vision loss. For more information, visit https://www.nei.nih.gov.

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