Seattle summit will report on latest methods in gene and stem-cell therapies being developed to treat and cure blindness caused by retinal diseases
Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles used an innovative gene-editing technique to prevent vision loss in a rodent model of autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa (adRP). The emerging therapy specifically shuts down the S334ter-3 mutation in the gene rhodopsin (RHO), a common cause of adRP.
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The Foundation for Retinal Research and the Foundation Fighting Blindness merged their two organizations on January 1
The Foundation Fighting Blindness and the biopharmaceutical company Vision Medicines are partnering to develop a drug known as VM200 for preserving vision in people with Stargardt disease, the leading cause of inherited juvenile macular degeneration. The Foundation is committing $7.5 million to co-fund VM200 development. Vision Medicines plans to launch a human study of the emerging therapy in 2016.
Foundation-funded researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have found that an emerging gene therapy for X-linked retinitis pigmentosa (XLRP) caused by mutations in the gene RPGR preserves vision in canines with late-stage disease.