I admittedly am not a heavy social-media user — I am not much for “tweeting” — but as I put together this list of the top retinal research advancements of 2013, I realized it would make great content for social media. Of course, my FFB colleagues will be sure to get the list out via our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Whether or not you are a member of the Foundation family, I encourage you to share the list through your networks as well. Let friends and family know about the cutting-edge research we make possible, either directly or indirectly. Nothing against posting a photo of your latest advances in fruitcake development, but our sight-saving research achievements are wonderful content for dissemination through cyberspace.
For those of you who are FFB supporters, keep in mind that this is, in fact, your news. None of these great advancements would have been possible without your generous and tireless support.
Without further ado, here is my list of the Top 13 Retinal Research Advancements of 2013:
1. Vision-Restoring Retinal Prosthesis Receives FDA Approval
2. Alpha IMS Becomes Second Bionic Retina Approved in Europe
3. Cone-Rod Dystrophy Gene Therapy Rescues Vision in Canines
4. Emerging Gene Therapy for RP Receives Fast-Track Designation
5. GenSight’s Optogenetic Therapy Advancing Toward Human Study
6. Human Study Begins for First-of-its-Kind Stem Cell Treatment for AMD
7. New Therapeutic Trick for Old Dogs
8. Orphan Designation Boosts Clinical Development of RP Stem Cell Therapy
9. Progress Reported in Gene Therapy Development for Best Disease
10. Researchers Identify Better Virus for Retinal Gene Delivery
11. Spark Therapeutics Receives $50 Million to Advance Gene Therapies
12. Stem Cell Pioneers Creating Retinal Patch to Restore Vision
13. Update for Six Gene Therapy Clinical Trials
I wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday season, and I look forward to working with you to make 2014 a spectacular year in the drive for sight-saving treatments and cures.