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Results of World's first Gene Therapy for inherited blindness show sight improvement
April 2008

BBC Clinical Trial News Feature 2008
Special news report featuring clinical trial patient Steven Howarth and his first public interview with the BBC's Scientific Correspondent Pallab Ghosh.

Effect of gene therapy on visual function in adults with Leber Congenital Amaurosis. JWB Bainbridge, AJ Smith, SE Barker, S Robbie, R Henderson, KS Balaggan, A Viswanathan, GE Holder, A Stockman, N Tyler, S Petersen-Jones, SS Bhattacharya, AJ Thrasher, FW Fitzke, BJ Carter, GS Rubin, AT Moore and RR Ali N Engl J Med. 2008; 358 (21): 2231-9

Gene therapy trial maze video
Footage of clinical trial patient Steven Howarth navigating a maze at the UCL PAMELA facility both before and after receiving the gene therapy treatment.


First clinical trial of gene therapy for childhood blindness
May 2007

BBC Clinical Trial News Feature
Special report featuring Robert Johnson, the first person in the world to undergo gene therapy treatment on the eye as part of the Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology clinical trial for childhood blindness. Includes a studio interview with Prof. Robin Ali who leads the project and comments from Mr James Bainbridge, the surgeon who performed the revolutionary procedure.


November 2006

BBC News 24 stem cell interview with Dr Rachael Pearson
Studio interview, via a live link, with Dr Pearson discussing the successful restoration of some sight in mice following the transplantation of cells into the retina.

Retinal repair by transplantation of photoreceptor precursors. RE MacLaren, RA Pearson, A MacNeil, RH Douglas, TE Salt, M Akimoto, A Swaroop, JC Sowden and RR Ali Nature 2006; 444 (7116): 203-207





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