Algae-assisted Vision Restoration

D​irector of the UPMC Eye Center and Chair of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh Dr. José-Alain Sahel and collaborators reported the first-ever case of partial vision restoration in a blind patient after optogenetic therapy.

The pioneering study, published in Nature Medicine, describes the first time a patient has achieved partial functional recovery in any neurodegenerative disease by using optogenetic tools, assisted by the use of algal protein therapy. The breakthrough achievement is a culmination of 13 years of collaboration between the teams of Dr. Sahel in Pittsburgh and Paris and Dr. Botond Roska in Basel, Switzerland.

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