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Research to Prevent Blindness

New Findings on Blood Vessel Regulation

Gregory Schwartz, PhD, an RPB Career Development Award recipient, and his research collaborators at Northwestern University School of Medicine, recently published important discoveries related to blood vessel regulation in the journal Neuron. They identified nitric oxide-releasing amacrine cells as critical to blood vessel regulation in the retina and beyond.

The findings could impact diseases involving blood flow, such as diabetic retinopathy (DR). By detecting damage to nitric oxide-releasing amacrine cells, DR could potentially be diagnosed years earlier than is currently possible—before damage occurs. The knowledge gained through this research could even lead to new options for stroke treatment.

Read the full news story from Northwestern Medicine

 

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