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July 15, 2000

Foundation Researchers Use Gene Therapy to Restore Retinal Function in an Animal Model of Retinal Degeneration

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by Tom Hoglund July 2000 In the July issue of Nature Genetics, Foundation Fighting Blindness-supported researchers used gene replacement therapy to treat a rodent model of retinal degeneration. This is the first published study to show that gene replacement therapy can restore function to photoreceptor cells. These findings also demonstrate that gene replacement therapy can
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July 15, 2000

Researchers Restore Vision In an Animal Model of Childhood Blindness

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By Tom Hoglund Information Officer, Foundation Fighting Blindness July 2000 In a ground breaking study published in the July issue of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers rapidly restored lost vision in a mouse model of Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) using oral doses of a chemical compound derived from vitamin A. LCA
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July 1, 2000

Artificial Retina Implanted in Humans

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by Tom Hoglund Information Officer, Foundation Fighting Blindness For the first time ever, researchers from a company called Optobionics surgically implanted an artificial retina into three patients who are blind from retinitis pigmentosa. These highly-experimental prosthetic devices, made of silicon computer chips, are intended to restore ambulatory vision, thereby giving people the freedom to walk
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May 21, 2000

Foundation Researchers Restore Vision in Canine Model of Childhood Blindness

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by Tom Hoglund In one of the single most important advances in the history of retinal degeneration research, a group of Foundation Fighting Blindness-supported scientists used gene therapy to restore vision in a canine model of severe childhood blindness, known clinically as Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). This finding, published in the May issue of Nature
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March 12, 2000

Visually Impaired, Not Blind

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People with age-related macular degeneration are pleased and relieved to see the word “blind” on its way out as a description of their visual condition. Grandview, MO (PRWeb) March 12, 2007–The word “blind” is becoming increasingly less associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), thanks in part to awareness efforts by MD Support and the conscientiousness
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September 27, 1999

New Drug May Halt Vision Loss

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by Dan Roberts September 27, 1999 A new anti-angiogenesis agent called PKC 412 has halted abnormal growth of retinal blood vessels which cause vision loss in macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. It is made by Novartis Ltd. Pharmaceuticals, and much of the lab work is being done by Dr. Peter Campochiaro, professor of ophthalmology and
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December 9, 1998

Phi-Motion Angiography and Micro-Laser Treatment

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by Dan Roberts December 1998 The Glaser Murphy Retina Treatment Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, announced on December 9, 1998, the development of a new treatment called Phi-Motion Angiography that can improve the vision of people who have the wet form of Macular Degeneration. According to Drs. Bert Glaser, Robert Murphy and Robert Flower, the
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