Spider-like cells inside the brain, spinal cord and eye hunt for invaders, capturing and then devouring them. These cells, called microglia, often play a beneficial role by helping to clear trash and protect the central nervous system against infection.
Researchers funded in part by the National Eye Institute (NEI) have identified a protein involved in an advanced stage of diabetic retinopathy, a diabetic eye disease that threatens vision.
The Liberia-U.S. clinical research partnership known as PREVAIL has launched a study of people in Liberia who have survived Ebola virus disease (EVD) within the past two years.
News from NEI Grantees
- A World Without Color – Researchers Find Gene Mutation That Strips Color, Reduces Vision June 1, 2015
- Mind Over Matter May 21, 2015
- Plugging In Your Vision’s Autostabilization Feature May 7, 2015
- Patients with AIDS at Increased Risk of Developing Age-Related Macular Degeneration May 4, 2015
- Rare Mutation Causes Vitamin A Deficiency and Eye Deformities April 23, 2015
- 3D structure solved for vulnerable region of glaucoma-causing protein April 21, 2015
- Stem Cell Injection May Soon Reverse Vision Loss Caused By Age-Related Macular Degeneration April 15, 2015
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Budget and Congress
The NEI budget is approximately $675 million (FY2014). The NEI budget requests are submitted to Congress with other NIH institutes as part of the President’s budget request in February. See our Congressional Justifications.