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Regenerating mouse retinal ganglion cell axons (magenta and green) extending from site of optic nerve injury (left). Photo courtesy of Andrew D. Huberman.

A study in mice funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows for the first time that high-contrast visual stimulation can help damaged retinal neurons regrow optic nerve fibers, otherwise known as retinal ganglion cell axons.

Posted on Jul 11, 2016
James W. Gollady, Jr., Right Eminent Department Commander (right), presents Hotaling with a check from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation. “I think this award is extremely important to pave a pathway for me in medical research,” said Hotaling.  (Joe Balintfy, NEI)

NEI research fellow Nathan Hotaling, PhD, has been awarded a $65,000 grant from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation to develop a stem cell-based system to study Best disease, a genetic disorder that can cause progressive vision loss.

Posted on Jul 1, 2016
Rods and Cones image

Retinas from our earliest vertebrate ancestors had cone-like photoreceptors, presumably allowing them to see in daylight, but little ability to see at night.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016