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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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Dr. Frans Vinberg

RPB Funding Helps Researchers Revive Light-Sensing Cells in Organ Donor Eyes

This ground-breaking research accomplishment will open new doors for research on neurodegenerative diseases like AMD.

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Recording available: RPB webinar on Dry AMD and Geographic Atrophy

RPB grantees provide expert insight on geographic atrophy and dry AMD as part of the "Lunch & Learn" series.

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Join Us for AMD Awareness Month

Join RPB and Apellis Pharmaceuticals for a virtual event on Feb. 25 to learn about cutting-edge research into geographic atrophy and dry AMD.

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Dry AMD Virtual Event

RPB grantees provide expert advice on dry AMD as part of the "Lunch & Learn" series.

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RPB Hosts Virtual AMD Event

RPB grantees provide expert advice on AMD as part of the "Lunch & Learn" series.

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

Dr. Semenza is being recognized for his discoveries related to how cells respond to low oxygen levels, which have implications for the treatment of cancer, eye diseases and more.

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