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Vision Research has to become a top priority on the agenda of all decision makers in Europe!

An impairment of vision or even complete blindness has a debilitating impact on the quality of life of the affected person, their relatives and friends and to the economic and social systems as a whole. This factor stimulated many European countries to dedicate resources to investigate the visual system and the underlying processes. Hence, the current social and economic developments and requirements in Europe necessitate for a better support, coordination and orientation of research in the field of visual sciences.

Key steps are a better integration of basic, clinical and applied research efforts, a clear definition of policies and guidelines, an efficient collaboration between the public and private sector together with a substantial increase of information and knowledge transfer activities.

Vision in the European Focus

A review on corneal stromal stem cells

Professor Claus Cursiefen co-authored a review article that presents corneal stromal stem cells (CSSCs) as a new therapeutic target for corneal injuries and diseases. Corneal impairments are prominent causes of blindness. Since access to corneal transplantation is challenging, research may focus on...
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Modulating gap junction permeability in photoreceptor-degenerated retinas

Professor Eberhart Zrenner contributed to a research article that aims to understand the lateral gap junction (GJ)-mediated communication pathway in photoreceptor-degenerated retinas, which is crucial for effective treatment of functional disorders of neuronal membrane channels. GJs play a vital...
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Sonogenetic for vision restoration

Professor Serge Picaud supervised a study that, for the first time, demonstrated the use of high-frequency ultrasonic stimulation after ectopic expression of a mechanosensitive ion channel of large conductance (MscL) to activate the visual cortex. MscL was expressed in vivo in both rat retinal...
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Toward a virtual human retinal organoid

Professor Hendrik Scholl co-authored a Nature Biotechnology publication. The study characterized retinal organoids by integrating iterative indirect immunofluorescence imaging with a computational approach, dense single-cell RNA sequencing, and a single-cell assay for transposase-accessible...
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