October 16, 2018
A multidisciplinary team including ISCRM faculty member Tom Reh has been awarded a grant from the The National Eye Institute (NEI) as part of the NEI Audacious Goals Initiative (AGI) for Regenerative Medicine, a five-year, $30 million program that seeks to catalyze new treatments for blinding conditions like glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, and other degenerative eye diseases.
The team is generating a new animal model system to study how to place new retinal ganglion cells into the eye and guide the cells’ nerve fibers to appropriate regions of the brain. Success would constitute overcoming a major hurdle in the development of treatments for vision loss due to glaucoma and other optic neuropathies.
More on the NEI Audacious Goals Initiative here.