NEI Regenerative Medicine
About Regenerative Medicine
The National Eye Institute (NEI) is a leader in the development of regenerative medicine for eye disease through strategic support of research projects across the country. These include activities coordinated by the NEI Audacious Goals Initiative (AGI), which aims to restore vision through regeneration of neurons in the retina. The NEI 3-D Retina Organoid Challenge (3-D ROC) is fostering development of human retinal tissue models for studying retinal development, drug screening, and tissue transplantation. Meanwhile, the NEI intramural research program is on track to launch later this year the first-ever clinical trial in the U.S. testing tissues derived from induced pluripotent stem cells.
News and Events
February 7, 2019. NIH requests input on in-depth cell characterization of human adult stem cell products that have been developed for clinical application. RFI
September 28, 2017 | Press Release: National Eye Institute awards prize for ‘Retina in a dish’ competition
August 28 -September 1, 2017 | 5-Day Hands-On Workshop: Stem Cells: Regeneration Methods for the Visual System
August 15, 2017 | Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for NEI AGI: Translation-Enabling Models to Evaluate Survival and Integration of Regenerated Neurons in the Visual System.
July 26, 2017 | Press Release: Researchers unlock regenerative potential of cells in the mouse retina
May 4, 2017 | Press Release: NIH launches competition to develop human eye tissue in a dish
April 30, 2017 | News Brief: Moving future regenerative therapies for blinding eye diseases to the clinic
March 30, 2017 | News Brief: Helping the retina regenerate
March 9, 2017 | Press Release: NIH-funded study helps explain how zebrafish recover from blinding injuries
December 5-6, 2016 | NEI Stem Cell Meeting: Clinical Applications of Stem Cell Therapies for Patients with Eye Disease. Download the executive summary
October 19, 2016 | News Brief: Reconnecting Eye to Brain
September 1, 2016 | Press Release: Six teams seek to identify biological factors that influence neural regeneration
July 11, 2016 | Press Release: Use it or Lose it: Visual Activity Regenerates Neural Connections Between Eye and Brain
January 12, 2010 | 1st NEI Stem Cell Symposium: Stem Cell Therapies: From Degeneration to Regeneration
AGI - NEI Audacious Goals Initiative
NEI is pushing the boundaries of vision science. By facilitating cross-disciplinary research, the AGI is advancing regenerative medicine to tackle the most devastating and difficult-to-treat eye diseases.
3-D ROC - 3-D Retina Organoid Challenge
3-D ROC is spurring development of robust systems for modeling retinal diseases and testing new regenerative therapies.