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The Art of Eyes

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:23:19 +0000

The eye is an object of great beauty as shown by the Ophthalmologist in their July/August 2014 issue. This month’s issue features a photo essay called The Art of the Eyes and includes examples of the work from a number research labs capturing the complex and beautiful detail of the eye and its cells. The essay includes images […]

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In memoriam

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 16:02:34 +0000

Dr Yoshiki Sasai (1962 – 2014) It is with great sadness today that we remember and pay tribute to our collaborator Dr Yoshiki Sasai. Yoshiki was a world leading stem cell researcher and Deputy Director of the Riken Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan. Through his hard work and dedication over many years, Yoshiki […]

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International Clinical Trials Day: Our Work in Summary

Tue, 20 May 2014 15:03:41 +0000

Introduction Today, 20 May 2014, is International Clinical Trials Day. This landmark day remembers the pioneering work of James Lind a Scottish naval physician who, in the 1700s, conducted the first controlled clinical study that identified that citrus fruit (containing Vitamin C) was effective in treating scurvy. Each year, a number of organisations mark this […]

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In memorial - Dr Yoshiki Sasai (1962 to 2014)

In memoriam: Dr Yoshiki Sasai (1962 - 2014) 

It is with great sadness today that we remember and pay tribute to our collaborator Dr Yoshiki Sasai.

Yoshiki was a world leading stem cell researcher and Deputy Director of the Riken Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan.

Through his hard work and dedication over many years, Yoshiki made an enormous contribuution to the field of regenerative medicine, which remain as a lasting testament to an accomplished scientist. 

We will remember Yoshiki fondly and with respect and our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.


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AMD Day 2014 - Sat 5 July

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, London

Many thanks to everyone who attended, you helped make AMD day a really enjoyable experience.

Watch this space as updates from the meeting will be available in due course.



Research highlights

Transplantation of photoreceptors from retina grown ‘in a dish’


We have carried out the first successful transplant of light-sensitive photoreceptor cells taken from a synthetic retina, grown ‘in a dish’ from embryonic stem cells.

When transplanted into night-blind mice these cells appeared to develop normally, integrating into the existing retina and forming the nerve connections needed to transmit visual information to the brain.

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We are currently conducting two ground-breaking clinical trials:

The world's first gene therapy trial in the eye, testing the safety and efficacy of delivering the RPE65 gene to patients with Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA).


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Surgery during our clinical trial

Europe's first trial testing the safety of transplanting stem cell-derived retinal cells into the eyes of patients with Stargardt disease


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