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Researchers develop a new non-invasive route to deliver gene therapy to the retina

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University have tested an alternative route to deliver gene therapy vectors to the retina that could potentially help patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and inherited retinal disorders (IRDs). The new route of administration, called suprachoroidal injection, has been investigated initially in preclinical experiments in animals and uses a microneedle to inject gene-carrying therapeutic viruses...

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World Sight Day to raise awareness of blindness and visual impairment

09/10/19 - Patients,

World Sight Day is observed annually on the second Thursday of October. This global event coordinated by The International Agency for the Promotion of Blindness (IAPB) in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) is meant to raise public awareness of blindness and vision impairment as major international public health issues. World Sight Day aims to influence governments/ministers of health...

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Advances in gene therapies for Leber congenital amaurosis

31/10/18 - Research, Gene Therapy,

Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) is an early-onset inherited eye disease characterized by profound visual impairment. It represents the most common genetic cause of blindness in children, affecting 1 in 80,000 newborns. Vision loss in children with LCA occurs when the light-sensing photoreceptor cells (rods and cones) in the retina stop working properly. LCA is a monogenic disease (caused by a...

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CERKL a Retinitis Pigmentosa gene and a suggestive therapy target

Inherited retinal dystrophies (IRDs) are a broad group of neurodegenerative disorders associated with reduced or deteriorating visual system. In the retina, cells are under constant oxidative stress due to several environmental factors, particularly light exposure and physiological stress, making photoreceptors and retinal ganglion cells more susceptible to cell death. Inherited mutations in relevant genes that contribute to citoprotective mechanisms such...

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