Gene therapy preserved vision in a study involving dogs with naturally occurring, late-stage retinitis pigmentosa, according to research funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health.
The National Eye Institute (NEI), part of NIH, has appointed three new members to the National Advisory Eye Council (NAEC) who are attending their first NAEC meeting as council members today. The NAEC provides guidance on research, training, and other NEI programs.
Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed a novel mouse model for the vision disorder Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON), and found that they can use gene therapy to improve visual function in the mice.
News from NEI Grantees
- Seeing in a New Light October 8, 2015
- How the Retina Marches to the Beat of Its Own Drum September 29, 2015
- Identified Genetic Interaction Offers Possible New Target for Glaucoma Therapy September 10, 2015
- New clues found to vision loss in macular degeneration August 11, 2015
- Inhibition of Alternative Complement Pathway Preserves Photoreceptor Cells Following Retinal Injury July 22, 2015
- Eye’s motion detection sensors identified June 16, 2015
- 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
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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.