Thursday, November 21, 2013

Best of the blog: Progress in blindness research

Vision loss at the center of the field of vision caused by macular degeneration
Macular degeneration is an irreversible form of blindness in which a person loses vision at the center of their field of view. It’s caused by progressive damage to the central retina, or macula. It’s the leading cause of blindness in Americans over 60 years old and is the second leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world (only outstripped by cataracts).

On this blog, we’ve written about how our grantees are progressing toward treatment for macular degeneration, but we wanted to pull the best of those posts into one place. Here are some of the most interesting posts if you want to learn more about macular degeneration and research by CIRM grantees.

1. Early phase stem cell trials show promise in stroke and blindness

2. Finding a therapy for macular degeneration

3. Japan to begin first human tests with induced pluripotent stem cells 

4. Stem cell therapy for vision loss: experts discuss research progress 

For a complete list of macular degeneration research we’ve funded, see the macular degeneration fact sheet on our website.

Amy Adams

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