As 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.
Is our progress fast enough? No way. Can we do better? Most definitely. Blindness isn’t waiting for us to find the cures. But when you consider that it took 18 years to find the first retinal-disease gene, and another 18 years to launch the first gene-therapy clinical trial, our progress today is remarkable.
Please join me in celebrating another highly productive year in the fight against blindness. And I look forward to the hard work of those who support us in 2015 as we move closer to finishing this tough job as fast as we can.
Listed below are the 12 top research advances of 2014: