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Research to Prevent Blindness

Novel Pathway Helps Eyes Quickly Adapt to Darkness

Muller cells

When Müller cells (marked with asterisks) were destroyed, cone cells quickly ran out of photopigments and could not adapt to dark.

Scientists have uncovered a previously unknown pathway in the retina that allows photoreceptor cells to adapt following changes in light exposure. The discovery could help scientists better understand diseases that affect the retina. 

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Research to Prevent Blindness Grantee Dr. Gregg Semenza Wins Nobel Prize in Medicine

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RPB and Partners Award $1.2 Million In Grants for Novel AMD Research

Four new grantees received the Catalyst Awards for Innovative Research Approaches for AMD.

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RPB and AUPO Announce Recipient of RPB David F. Weeks Award for Outstanding AMD Research

RPB and AUPO announce the 2018 recipient of the award focused on age-related macular degeneration.

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RPB-supported researchers at the University of Southern California Roski Eye Institute conducted the human trial.

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Reversing Retinal Degenerative Diseases: We’re One Step Closer

RPB-supported researchers made a critical discovery about the gene mutation that causes many retinal degenerative diseases, opening the door for a new line of research into potential treatments.

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