BBC News: Acid attack survivor regains sight via new surgery

10 September 2019
Source: BBC News

James O’Brien was blinded in his right eye more than 20 years ago when a corrosive substance was thrown in his face. For the last 18 months he has been undergoing pioneering treatment at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital. Surgeons used stem cells to replace the scar tissue over his eye. Read more on the BBC Website

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College of Optometrists, Podcast: Professor Pete Coffey on the London Project to Cure Blindness

8 July 2019
Source: College of Optometrists

The Latest podcast from the College of Optometrists features Professor Pete Coffey on the London Project to Cure Blindness. During the podcast he talks about the future developments of stem cell research and describes the process.  Listen to the podcast here: https://www.college-optometrists.org/the-college/podcasts.html  The project: The aim in this project is to replace damaged and diseased retinal cells that lead to

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Macular degeneration trial will be first human test of Nobel-winning stem cell technique

18 January 2019
Source: STAT

Curing diabetes with stem cells? Everyone knew that would be hard. Parkinson’s disease? Harder. Alzheimer’s? Probably impossible. But age-related macular degeneration, a major cause of blindness? That was supposed to be low-hanging fruit. The cause of AMD is well-known, the recipe for turning stem cells into retinal cells works like a charm, and the eye is “immunoprivileged,” meaning immune cells

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