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Eye Therapy News

Professor Ali honoured for his contribution to research into retinal disease

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:27:36 +0000

              Professor Robin Ali, PhD, Professor of Human Molecular Genetics and Head of the Department of Genetics, UCL Institute of Opthalmology has been awarded the Pioneer Award for his work in proof-of-concept studies that have demonstrated the feasibility of using gene therapy and cell transplantation to treat dysfunction and degeneration of the cells […]

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Achromatopsia might not be as progressive as previously thought

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:17:16 +0000

A recent publication from the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital, and the Medical College of Wisconsin indicates that for the majority of people with achromatopsia, the condition may not be as progressive as previously suggested. Data from this study by Aboshiha et al. demonstrated that for the majority of people with achromatopsia (a […]

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2 Lazy 2 Run? We’re biking it for blood cancer!

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:30:05 +0000

  On Sunday 31 August a group of not so elite athletes from the Gene and Cell Therapy group will be taking part in the London Bikeathon 2014 to raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The 2 Lazy 2 Run CC will be cycling 52 miles – that’s more than a marathon, no mean feet […]

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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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Our research in the media

Latest media coverage - July 2013
BBC News

BBC: 'Big leap' towards curing blindness in stem cell study

The Independent

Independent: Cells to restore eyesight are grown in lab and transplanted into blind mice

Mail Online

Daily Mail: Could cell transplant give sight to millions? Scientists grow retinas in the lab to create crucial connections to the brain

The Guardian

Guardian:Embryonic stem cells could help restore sight to blind

New Scientist

New Scientist:Eye receptor transplant promises therapy for blindness

Landmark media coverage


May 2007

This BBC News24 item reports on the progress made in our clinical gene therapy of gene therapy for LCA caused by damage to the RPE65 gene, the first of it kind in the world.


November 2006

This Channel 4 news item describes a breakthrough in the transplantation of retinal cells into the eye, where we showed for the first time that cells taken from the correct stage of eye development can integrate into the recipient retina and restore visual function in a model of blindness


More media coverage 

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