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Promising Research Highlighted at Meeting of Retinal Gene Therapy Experts

genesWhen it comes to fighting blinding retinal diseases, nothing has been more exciting than the advancement of gene therapies into clinical trials. And, with human studies of gene therapies now underway for Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA, RPE65 mutations), Usher syndrome type 1B, Stargardt disease, retinoschisis, choroideremia and retinitis pigmentosa (MERTK mutations), scientists are gaining new knowledge every day about the best technologies and methodologies for gene-therapy development.
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CME – What It Is, and Why People with Retinal Diseases Should Know About It

Dr. FishmanIn this Q&A, Gerald Fishman, M.D., a world-renowned clinical researcher and longstanding member of FFB’s Scientific Advisory Board, discusses cystoid macular edema (CME), a potentially damaging accumulation of fluid in the retina affecting up to 32 percent of people with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and related conditions. It’s a complication that can make matters worse for retinas already fragile from degenerative disease. While diagnosis isn’t always straightforward, CME can be treated to minimize vision loss.
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The Top Research Advancements of 2014: How Fast Can We Go?

lab photoAs we approach 2015, it’s inspiring to look back on 2014 and recount the numerous advancements we’ve made in developing vision-saving treatments and cures. When I joined the Foundation nearly a decade ago, virtually nothing was in a human study. We were curing lots of blind mice, and clinical trials seemed elusive. But, today, more than a dozen promising therapies are being evaluated in people, and at least a dozen more clinical trials are expected to begin in the next few years.
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Choroideremia Gene Therapy Improves Vision in Human Study

Dr. Robert MacLaren, lead investigator in the gene therapy trial.The development of retinal-disease gene therapies took a monumental step forward on January 16 with a report in The Lancet that researchers were able to improve vision in five of six people with choroideremia participating in a clinical trial.
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Getting the Right Diagnosis for a Retinal Disease

Research at the monitorDefinitive diagnoses for inherited retinal diseases don’t always come easy, even for the patients of the most knowledgeable doctors. Comments posted to this blog over the past year are a testament to that fact. Many readers are understandably frustrated by a doctor’s inability to determine exactly what retinal condition is affecting them or loved ones.
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ARVO Update: News on Gene Therapy Clinical Trials for RP and Choroideremia

Dr. Robert MacLaren

Dr. Robert MacLaren

I was very excited to learn here at ARVO that two early-stage gene therapy clinical trials – one for choroideremia taking place in the U.K., the other for autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa (arRP) caused by MERTK mutations underway in Saudi Arabia – are proceeding well thus far. It is important to keep in mind that safety is the primary focus in these Phase I studies.
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