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ARVO 2018: Dr. Henry Klassen Provides Update on jCyte Stem Cell Trials

Dr. Henry Klassen, jCyte co-founder and investigator at UC Irvine, provides an update in the video below on the clinical trials for an RP therapy derived from stem cells.

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52 Responses to 'ARVO 2018: Dr. Henry Klassen Provides Update on jCyte Stem Cell Trials'

  1. This is so encouraging. How can people join the trial? My daughter has Usher Syndrome. Would this be capable of helping her too? She has very restricted vision at age 26.

    • EyeOnTheCure says:

      Hi Christy, this jCyte clinical trial is for patients with RP. However, we recommend visiting and searching for other trials your daughter can participate in with Usher syndrome. Best of luck!

    • Jacqueline Yee says:

      Hi.. im 27, im also having eye disorder.. stargardt disease. May i get to know you so we can share our problems ?

    • Michael Douglas says:

      I also have usher syndrome type 2 an wonder if this would help me also? I would like to figure out how to get enrolled for the trials?

  2. James A. Jackson Jr. says:

    My husband eye conditions have gotten worst,so is there anything you can do for him.James A.Jackson 9017890758 or 1106 Quailrun Ln. Memphis,Tn 38109

  3. Ron Plamondon says:

    While my retinal detachment in my right eye was being repaired I got scarring or puckering to badly that I am basically blind in that eye. I got a central retinal occlusion in my left eye and I have little vision there. So, I am legally blind. Is there any stem cell therapies or trials that would help me?

    • EyeOnTheCure says:

      Hi Ron, unfortunately the Foundation is not able to provide recommendations regarding medical care or treatments for a specific patient. We recommend you consult your doctor for your individual medical needs.

  4. Dyllis Everett-Wells says:

    Very exciting how we are moving forward to cure AMD

  5. Elizabeth Ivey says:

    Are macular degeration and macular dystrophy included in your trials?

  6. Donald J Celorio says:

    How can these potential treatments work with patients that have Multifocal choroiditis in both eyes?

  7. Brenda says:


    Curious about the possibility that stem cells could restore visual acuity
    for optic neuropathy ( amaurosa fugax )

    • EyeOnTheCure says:

      Hi Brenda, this isn’t in our scope of research unfortunately. We recommend you consult your doctor for your individual questions.

  8. Debraj Nath says:

    I am from Kolkata, India. I am 38 years old. I have RP from childhood. I am taking Vitamin A Palmitate 15,000 IU everyday. My visions are slowly deteriorating. I still have working vision. Can I be a part of these trials? Is there any treatment for my condition?

  9. Evan Sherrill says:

    How do i go about getting my dad enrolled in the trial? He has had RP his entire life and is now legally blind. He is still working and uses tools to help with this but would love to have his vision back and is very interested in stem cell research. Please contact me at(317) 679-3832 or at

    • EyeOnTheCure says:

      Hi Evan, to enroll in this trial, visit the trial website here: Scroll down to the ‘Contacts’ section of the page and contact the research facility closest to you and your father. Good luck!

    • Debra says:

      I (and 2 brothers) have RP (recessive cell type (no family history of blindness on either side). Our ages are 47, 56 and 58 and we are all legally blind. (Note: We are 3 of 12 full blooded siblings of which 11 are still alive). Could someone please guide us as how to apply/be considered to be in a clinical trial? One lives in OR, one in CA and the other in IN.
      Thank you.
      Debra Erickson 503-313-2345

      • EyeOnTheCure says:

        Hi Debra, have you and your brothers been genetically tested? If you are interested in participating in FFB’s free genetic testing study, you need to first register on the Foundation’s free and secure patient registry at After you have registered, members can send an email to indicating your interest in genetic testing. Enrolling in My Retina Tracker is a good first step being notified of upcoming clinical trials as well. Hope this helps!

  10. Inam says:

    Hi, I and my two sisters are suffering from retinal cone dystrophy. Can we participate in his trial. Thanks

  11. Marla Mayer says:

    My son has BBS1 gene mutation. Would he be eligible for this trial?

  12. Raghvendra Sharma says:

    I am from daughter is 4 years and diagnosed with usher syndrome type 1C.what can I plan to delay RP as I am told that still there is no cure of this

  13. Jane Isgrigg says:

    My brother is blind and needs this. Will be available for trails

  14. Steven Najdovski says:


    My dad has had the decease for over 30,years no and it’s pretty much at the where he can see very little with very little vision left. He is running out of time and I think this
    Is the only thing left to do.i I would love to give him the gift to have some kind of vision
    From full determination and blindness.

    We are from AU and will travel if given the opportunity.


  15. alex says:

    good job folks!

  16. Gokul says:

    Hello I am glad to see this site. Unfortunately my wife has RP and we would like to participate in this clinical trial and can you please redirect me to the enrollment process.

  17. Sara says:

    My daughter has Stargardts Disease. Are there any trials going on for this? I would love to know what kind of progress is being made in this area? Thanks

    • EyeOnTheCure says:

      Hi Sara, our website provides useful information on each disease and recent research advances. Visit our section on Stargardt disease advances here:

      There is a section on this blog as well that discusses research advancements. While there is no cure for Stargardts at this time, much research is being done. We hope you find this information helpful.

  18. Frank Cianci says:

    Any Test , trials about stem cells for wet macular degeneration? Thank you.

  19. christopher flores says:

    i have a rare eye disease that leave me blind in my left eye its myelinated retinal nerve fibers if there are any trials for this please let me know thank you.

  20. Phyllis says:

    Are there any trials for restoring vision for a person with birdshot Retinochoroidopathy? Inflamation has already burned out.

    • EyeOnTheCure says:

      Hi Phyllis, the etiology of birdshot retinochoroidopathy is, as yet, unknown. But the Foundation is unfortunately not able to provide recommendations regarding medical care or treatments for a specific patient. We recommend you consult your doctor for your individual medical needs.

  21. Carol says:

    Hi, I am from Peru My sister have 38 years old and she have RP and now the doctor recommending do a test about genetic because the disease has advance we want to know where she can go and do the test.

  22. Amir says:

    My mom is 56 years old and has RP all her life. around 9 years ago it reached a stage where she can no longer see any light, basically seeing nothing at all. Any trials she can attend?

    • EyeOnTheCure says:

      Hi Amir, do you know the genetic mutation that is causing you mother’s RP? If not, that’s a good first step to participating in any trials. If she does know, you can search for recruiting trials on The site has a search function to find trials relevant to you.

  23. kristofferson E. Gregorio says:

    hello dr. Klassen.. wrote u an email few years back about my son’s condition… he is RP carrier… hope to hear from u soon again…

  24. Valter Frigieri Junior says:

    My daughter has RP. What is the expected sequence for this treatment if the phase II is successful? In the event of success, how long until the treatment becomes available?

  25. Zenu says:

    I am trying to participate in this trial since 2014 I gave all my info, but nothing responded to me. Now I have even a Genetic test results so please contact me through my Email
    and let me be a part of it. Thank you

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