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UCL researchers solve a major riddle of retinal degeneration research!

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:11:36 +0000

Today a paper published in Nature Communications from the Gene and Cell Therapy Group at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology has shed light on why, until now, it has not been possible to effectively restore vision in rd1 mice – the world’s major model for retinitis pigmentosa (RP). The rd1 mouse is a model of […]

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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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Research Showcase

A profile of Prof. Robin Ali by MRC insight

Professor Robin Ali is an MRC-funded scientist working at the forefront of not one, but two, fields of regenerative medicine: gene and stem cell therapy. Katherine Nightingale caught up with Robin at UCL’s Institute of Ophthalmology to find out more about his work.

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Restoring vision in night blindness: Mice point way to stem cell therapy

Professor Robin Ali and his team at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology have announced the first demonstration that transplanted retinal rod cells can improve vision in mice with night-blindness, publishing the results of their study in the prestigious science journal Nature.

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Prof. Robin Ali named as Visionary of the Quarter by European Vision Institute

Gene therapy is a powerful new approach for the treatment of eye disease. We aim to develop gene therapy not only for a number of relatively rare, but currently untreatable, inherited retinopathies, but also to develop more effective treatments for common ocular disorders involving neovascularisation and inflammation.

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Interview with Prof. James Bainbridge by the NIHR

James Bainbridge is a Wellcome Advanced Fellow and consultant surgeon. He has an established programme of translational research, developing new molecular treatments for retinal disorders. He is principal investigator for the first clinical trial of gene therapy for inherited eye disease. He is leader of the diabetes research theme for the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre.

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