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Gene Therapies for Stargardt Disease and Wet AMD Deemed Safe Thus Far

Researcher looking through microscopeIf you’re going on a cross-country road trip, the highlight of your journey is not the safety check. Putting air in the tires, topping off the brake and power-steering fluids, making sure the front and back lights are working properly and adjusting the mirrors are not cause for raucous celebration.
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Israeli Research Group Receives $1.33 Million to Advance Stem Cell Treatment

Dr. Benjamin Reubinoff

I was heartened to just learn that researchers from the Hadassah-Hebrew Medical Center in Jerusalem are receiving a $1.33 million grant from the Israeli government to advance their development of a stem cell treatment for people with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD Hadassah is also funded by the Foundation Fighting Blindness. We are providing the group with a three-year, $300,000 grant for development of stem cell therapies.

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Could Combining Future Treatments Be an Option?

Image of test tubesVISIONS 2012, the Foundation’s annual conference, taking place in Minneapolis, is only two weeks away. I am very much looking forward to all the science presentations, especially the closing session on Sunday, July 1 — not only because I will moderate, but because it will cover three promising clinical trials, as well the exciting prospect of someday combining therapies.
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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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A Big Step Toward Overcoming Usher Syndrome

Girl (5-7) saying 'I love you' in sign language, portraitImagine being born completely deaf or with profound hearing loss. Certainly, there are many challenges, but you find ways to navigate the hearing world. You learn sign language or get a cochlear implant. Through cultural and advocacy programs and education, you learn how to succeed in school, enjoy sports and social activities and plan for the future.

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