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Stemedica Discovers Significant Breakthrough in the Use of Stem Cells and Stem Cell Factors for the Treatment of Retinal Degeneration

... Retinal degenerations include diseases such as retinitis Pigmentosa, which are hereditary conditions in ... quest to use stem cells to modulate diseases like retinitis Pigmentosa." There is currently no medical treatment that can completely cure retinitis Pigmentosa - an eye disease that affects ...

Scientists successfully awaken sleeping stem cells

... harm the retina, such as macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. This study is very significant. ... the type of cells that are lost in retinitis pigmentosa or macular degeneration, as a result, ... have diseases that mimic macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. The goal would be to learn if damaged ...

Domestic cat genome sequenced

... pedigree carries a genetic mutation that causes retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that can lead to blindness. In humans, retinitis pigmentosa affects 1 in 3,500 Americans. The ... to identify the causative gene for Cinnamons retinitis pigmentosa (they published a paper describing ...

Video: Turning Hope Into Reality - Vision Research at the VA

... retina to restore vision to those affected by macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa; the design and improvement of assistive devices for those with ... For those with this condition or another major cause of vision loss, retinitis pigmentosa, VA researchers in Atlanta are now working in the laboratory on ...

Gene-Transfer Proves Safe for Vision Problem

... and is one of several incurable forms of blindness collectively known as retinitis pigmentosa, which in turn affects about 200,000 Americans. More information The Prevent Blindness America has more about retinitis pigmentosa . -- Kevin McKeever ...

JCI online early table of contents: March 3, 2008

... GENETICS: Seeing clearly how genetic mutations cause loss of sight retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a hereditary disease that often results in complete ... present in a cell. TITLE: Premature termination codons in PRPF31 cause retinitis pigmentosa via haploinsufficiency due to nonsense-mediated mRNA decay ...

Developing gene therapy to fight blindness

... to develop gene therapy for treating a rare, hereditary retinal disease. The therapy has been shown to restore lost vision in animal models of retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Their work is being funded in part by a $1.5 million grant from the Prince Salman Center for Disability Research in Saudi Arabia, ...

LSUHSC research identifies enzyme that makes survival molecule for key vision cells

... do not function properly, photoreceptor cells are damaged and can die, leading to decreased vision and eventual blindness as in such conditions as retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration. A number of stressors, including free radicals, damage RPE cells. Dr. Bazan's lab has shown that RPE ...

Principal Management Group Walks to Fight Blindness

... The Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc. works to promote and encourage research that will provide all levels of assistance to individuals affected by retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and other retinal degenerative diseases. FFB currently funds over 115 research studies at 80 ...

Ophthonix Completes Series AA Financing at $25.9 Million

... Mr. Gund is co-founder of The Foundation Fighting Blindness, a non for profit organization driving research to find causes, treatments and cures for retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher Syndrome, and other retinal degenerative diseases. Gund Investment Corporation is located at 14 Nassau ...

LSUHSC research shows fish oil protects against diseases like Parkinson's

... retinal pigment epithelial cells to be used as a source of NPD1 to treat patients with disorders characterized by this mutation like Parkinson's, retinitis Pigmentosa and some forms of Alzheimer's Disease." ...

Study reports success in treating a rare retinal disorder

... symptoms are very similar to other diseases involving retinal degeneration," says Heckenlively. Typically these patients are diagnosed as having retinitis pigmentosa, a blinding eye disease for which there is no treatment. "When someone asks how to distinguish one group from the other," says ...

QLT announces completion of Phase Ia safety trial of its synthetic retinoid product

... for which there are currently no available treatments." About Synthetic Retinoid Drugs Genetic diseases in the eye such as LCA and retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) arise from gene mutations of enzymes or proteins required in the biochemistry of vision. QLT091001 is a replacement for ...

Retinal Gene Is Linked to Childhood Blindness

... by an international team of researchers. The discovery of the link between the retinal gene SPATA7 and Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) and retinitis pigmentosa is important because it pinpoints a new retinal metabolic disease pathway that might be crucial for many patients, according to the ...

IMPACT Study Demonstrates That Longer Prophylactic Therapy With Valcyte(R) (Valganciclovir Hydrochloride Tablets) Increases Protection Against CMV - the Most Serious Viral Infection Affecting Transplant Patients

... to CMV disease, time to CMV infection, acute rejection and graft loss. About Valcyte Valcyte tablets are indicated for the treatment of CMV retinitis in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Valcyte is indicated for the prevention of CMV disease in kidney, heart, and ...

Team led by Scripps Scientists increases understanding of two types of blindness

... of other neurodegenerative conditions, including vision loss from Huntington's and Alzheimer's diseases and inherited retinal degenerations, such as retinitis pigmentosa. Many forms of blinding degenerative eye conditions are tied to the abnormal proliferation of new blood vessels in the eyes, or ...

Cell death from cytomegalovirus may bring new life to treatment of retinal disease

... who were dying were going blind as well, Dr. Atherton said. The advent of antiretrovirals to keep HIV in check helped silence cytomegalovirus retinitis as well but today the incidence is again increasing, she said. A suppressed immune system is the primary reason cytomegalovirus becomes active, which ...

CA$2.4 million toward gene therapy for human degenerative retinal diseases

... trial in Canada within five years for three specific degenerative retinal diseases: Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), Stargardt macular dystrophy and retinitis pigmentosa," Dr. Koenekoop explained. "Previous attempts with the gene named RPE65 have been highly conclusive for LCA: we believe that we can learn ...

Safety study indicates gene therapy for blindness improves vision

... what we are after." LCA2 affects about 2,000 people in the United States and is one of several incurable forms of blindness collectively known as retinitis pigmentosa, which in turn affects about 200,000 Americans. Children with LCA2 experience major visual disability that can lead to total vision ...

Luczo Dragon IndyCar Carries 'Eyes on the Road' Logo to Prevent Blindness to Indy 500

... will benefit the research not only to cure optic nerve and retinal disorders but also debilitating diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, dry eye syndrome, diabetic retinopathy and all others that rob people of this profoundly important sense. To learn more about the "Eyes ...

Smallpox Drug May Protect Against Common Cold

... Louis University School of Medicine, said in a prepared statement. CMX001 is an oral derivative of cidofovir, a drug developed to treat a type of retinitis in AIDS patients. Cidofovir is quite toxic to the liver and kidneys and is not available in oral form, which limits its potential as a treatment for ...

Gene therapy safety trial for childhood blindness under way

... are missing. LCA2 affects about 2,000 people in the United States and is one of several incurable forms of blindness collectively known as retinitis pigmentosa, which in turn affects about 200,000 Americans. Children with LCA2 experience major visual disability that can lead to total vision ...

Neurotech Announces Completion of Enrollment of its Phase II/III Retinitis Pigmentosa and Phase II Dry Age Related Macular Degeneration Clinical Studies

... of three on-going clinical studies. Each study is evaluating NT-501, the Company's lead product, for the treatment of visual loss associated with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (dry AMD). NT-501 is an intraocular, cell containing polymer implant designed to ...

Cat's Genome Map Purrfected

... are similar to genetic problems in humans. For example, Cinnamon's lineage carries a genetic mutation that causes a degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa that can cause blindness. The disease also occurs in humans and affects about 1 in 3,500 Americans. The domestic cat also serves as an ...

Optical scientist honored for understanding and improving vision

... Williamss adaptive optics technology is now used at dozens of research laboratories around the world to study blinding diseases such as glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. Not only has the team used adaptive optics to see into the eye, they are ...

Ocular Pharma Company Charlesson Announces $2.35MM in New Funding

... $135,000 from OCAST to utilize this gene- delivery method for treating hereditary retinal degenerations, such as Leber's Congenital Amaurosis and retinitis Pigmentosa. This seed money from OCAST will aid in the development of preclinical data to support future SBIR grant applications to the NIH and ...

Computer simulator allows visually-impaired to drive

... of a FPGA it is a very flexible device which can be adapted to the users needs and to the evolution of their disease. Eight patients suffering from retinitis Pigmentosa (a visual impairment that reduces the field of vision) took part in the devices assessment, as well as six others with different ...

amfAR Appoints New Leadership as AIDS Research Organization Extends Its Global Reach

... 1994, Mr. Frost spent four years at New York University Medical Center where he worked primarily on clinical research studies of cytomegalovirus retinitis in people with HIV/AIDS. He also served for a year as the inpatient care coordinator of the AIDS program at New York City's Bellevue Hospital. Mr. ...

New Gene Discovery Raises Hope for Childhood Blindness Cure

... John Marshall, Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board at the British retinitis Pigmentosa Society. "This dramatic discovery provides further information enabling us to combat blindness within the retinitis Pigmentosa group," says Professor Marshall. "The more genes we discover ...

Bionic Eye may Restore Sight to the Blind

... loss of sight caused by ailments like age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. It does not offer a cure for blindness caused by damage ... is being targeted at both young and elderly patients blinded by either retinitis pigmentosa or macular degeneration. Approximately 25 million people, ...

Antioxidants Preserve Cone Cells In the Eye

... the Johns Hopkins University were fruitful in preventing the progress of retinitis pigmentosa (RP) using the combination of chemicals such// as vitamin E, ... an optimized regimen of antioxidants may help to protect patients with retinitis pigmentosa.’ Campochiaro emphasized that even if found valuable, ...

Research into Blindness Cure Goes Digital

... cure two common forms of blindness//, age related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. According to Dr Keith Mathieson, from the Glasgow ... with Dr Mathieson on this project Age related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa affect around one million people in the UK. ...

Treatment Options For Retinitis Pigmentosa Questioned

... retinitis pigmentosa, a progressive eye disease targeting ... loss. Researchers say for patients suffering from retinitis pigmentosa, the addition of docosahexaenoic acid ... conclude saying that for patients with retinitis pigmentosa beginning vitamin A therapy, addition ...

Artificial silicon retina

... people who had lost their vision due to a hereditory condition called retinitis pigmentosa,said that implanting three more people will give them a large ... the implant of these micro chips in one woman and two men suffering from retinitis pigmentosa . The whole procedure would be about 2-1/2-hour and will take ...

Silicon eye implants

... people who had lost their vision due// to a hereditory condition called retinitis pigmentosa,said that implanting three more people will give them a large ... the implant of these micro chips in one woman and two men suffering from retinitis pigmentosa . The whole procedure would be about 2-1/2-hour and will take ...

Genetic Testing Sheds Light on Degenerative Eye Disease

... information needed to confirm or rule out a diagnosis. To date, scientists have identified over 130 genes associated with retinal disease, such as retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration. The authors observe that genetic testing for eye disease is a relatively new and evolving practice. Says ...

Unfolded Proteins May Protect Cells from Dying

... Strang Laboratory of Apoptosis and Cancer Biology at Rockefeller and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, focused on autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa (ADRP), which causes blindness. Unfolded proteins linked to ADRP accumulate in the endoplasmic reticulum, an organelle where proteins are ...

Research 'Extraordinaire' To Restore Vision

... of formation. These cells were then transplanted into the retina of the 'designer' mice, which were genetically engineered to develop conditions like retinitis pigmentosa or Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). These experiments were successful, as the photoreceptor transplants were able to connect ...

Cell Transplants Can Even Help In Restoring Vision

... five-day-old cells from mice were then transplanted into animals having conditions of gradual loss of sight - mimicking either of the human diseases, retinitis pigmentosa or age-related macular degeneration. Thus the existing retinal nerve cells have become the key that restores vision. One of the ...
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