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UCL Gene Therapy Trial shows Benefit for up to Three Years After Treatment

Tue, 05 May 2015 14:44:39 +0000

We are delighted to be able to announce that yesterday, Monday 4th May, the long-term results of our RPE65 gene therapy trial for Leber Congenital Amaurosis Type 2 (LCA2) were published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. Begun in 2007, this was the world’s first-in-human trial of gene therapy to treat an inherited […]

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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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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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