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March 10, 2005

Photrex Trials Show Beneficial Results

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts (Updated March 10, 2005) Doctors reported successful results from analyses of Miravant Medical Technologies’ Phase III clinical trials for Photrex (aka rostaporfin or SnET2) on October 25, 2004 at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) meeting in New Orleans. Photrex is a proprietary photodynamic therapy drug which has been studied in two
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March 4, 2005

Mouse Model Developed for AMD and Stargardt’s Research

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by Dan Roberts March 2005 A research team at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and the University of Utah have developed a mouse model of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Stargardt’s disease. As reported in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (March 4, 2005),
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November 15, 2004

Stem Cells Have Restored Vision

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts November 2004 Scientists from Harvard’s Schepens Eye Research Institute have, for the first time, successfully improved the vision of mice with transplanted stem cells. Neural stem (progenitor) cells were obtained from day-old mice and grafted into the degenerating retinas of mature mice. The transplanted cells were then seen to develop into mature
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October 22, 2004

Human Retinal Stem Cells Discovered

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts Research in vision restoration has taken another step forward with the discovery of human retinal stem cells that have the ability to regenerate themselves. The announcement was made in October 2004 to the National Academy of Sciences by Derek Van der Kooy from the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of
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September 15, 2004

Sight From Fetal Cell Transplantation

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts January, 2003 (Updated September, 2004) Scientists are researching a new method of retinal transplantation in the continuing effort to restore sight to the blind. Drs. Robert Aramant and Magdalene Seiler (Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles) have had preliminary success transplanting double layers of cells from the retinas of aborted fetuses. The two
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July 22, 2004

Second AMD Gene Discovered

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A second gene, called fibulin 5, has been shown to be related to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The discovery was announced in the July 22, 2004 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine by a team from the Research Center for Macular Degeneration and Allied Retinal Diseases at the University of Iowa. Earlier research
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October 21, 2003

FFB-Sponsored Study Leads to Discovery of New AMD Gene

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

(Press release from the Foundation Fighting Blindness) October 21, 2003 An exciting gene discovery by an FFB-funded researcher adds to the growing proof that macular degeneration can be hereditary. This is the first gene mutation found that is directly tied to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The discovery of this gene mutation bolsters hope for a
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June 9, 2003

Study Demonstrates Essential Role of Zeaxanthin in Eye Health

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

Published by permission from RFB Communications Group, Inc. November 11, 2002 (Updated June 9, 2003) Schepens/Harvard study provides direct proof of dietary nutrient’s essential role in protecting the retina from the damaging effects of light. Skip to “Questions and Answers about Zeaxanthin”Research performed at Schepens Eye Research Institute and Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
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January 20, 2003

Microcurrent Stimulation Testimonial “Blown Out Of Proportion”

Posted in: Latest News, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

According to son, Sam Snead’s vision did not benefit from the controversial therapy by Dan Roberts Originally published, January 20, 2003 Microcurrent stimulation (MCS) therapy “didn’t work for my father,” said Sam Snead, Jr., son of the late champion golfer. Sam Snead, Sr., who passed away last year at the age of 89, underwent MCS
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August 15, 2002

New Retinal Vessels Formed From Stem Cells

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by Dan Roberts August, 2002 Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have succeeded in forming new retinal blood vessels in mice with ocular disease. The process uses “pluripotent” adult stem cells, which are derived from bone marrow and injected into the vitreous of the eyeball. When in place, these cells develop into endothelial cells
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