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Research carried out in collaboration with IoO sheds light on the structure and function of neurons

Dr Tim Levine's and Dr Michael Tamkun's labs investigated an unexpected, additional function for a major neuron protein called Kv2 that indicates it... Read more

Study identifies barriers and enablers of diabetic retinopathy screening

A new study, conducted as part of a NIHR-funded project on diabetic retinopathy screening, has identified important barriers, and enablers, associated... Read more

One step closer to eye drops to treat AMD

Researchers are one step closer to developing eye drops to treat age-related macular degeneration Read more

Dutch publishing giant cuts off researchers in Germany and Sweden

Negotiations with Elsevier have stalled over open-access deals. Read more

MSCA 2018 Presidency conference dedicated workshop

Managing Researchers' Talents, Skills & Career development Read more

161 genetic factors for myopia identified

The international Consortium for Refractive Error and Myopia (CREAM) recently published the largest-ever genetic study of myopia in Nature Genetics. Read more

Bright future for 'chaotic' optical communications

Ground-breaking developments using optomechanical crystals, microchips and 'chaos' pave the way for faster, safer and more robust digital... Read more

Microglia protect sensory cells needed for vision after retinal detachment

A research team at Massachusetts Eye and Ear has shown that microglia, the primary immune cells of the brain and retina, play a protective role in... Read more

New educational appointments to IoO and Moorfields

Welcome to the new educational staff joining UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Read more

How eye disorders may have influenced the work of famous painters

Vision is an important tool when creating a painted artwork. Read more

Researchers identify genetic variants that may predict glaucoma risk

An international study co-led by UCL has identified 133 genetic variants that could help predict the risk of developing glaucoma, the world’s leading... Read more

Toward a computer model that predicts the outcome of eye diseases

The eye hosts a powerful biological computer, the retina. Read more

Abird's eye view for improved diagnosis

An effective method of screening patients for closed-angle glaucoma has been developed by A*STAR researchers. Read more

Stopping CRISPR’s genome-editing scissors from snipping out of control

Researchers have found for the first time anti-CRISPR proteins that shut off the genome editor and shown they can use them to control the cutting of... Read more

Injectable electronics offer powerful new tool in understanding how retinal cells work

Charles Lieber and his group are rewriting the rules of how scientists study retinal cells, and they're doing it with a single injection. Read more

The curious case of a blind woman who sees motion

In the most comprehensive brain analysis of a blind person to date, researchers have mapped the neural pathways of a 48-year-old woman who can only... Read more

Hidden conflicts?

Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns Read more

Persistent stress may lead to vision loss, study shows

A new analysis of clinical reports and existing research suggests that "stress is both consequence and cause of vision loss." Read more

New smartphone app to predict dry eye disease in children

Scientists have developed a smartphone app that can quickly tell a health professional whether someone is suspected of having dry eye disease, a... Read more

Are these dots purple or blue?

Your answer might not be as reliable as you think Read more

Window to brain degeneration?

Why the eye could be the window to brain degeneration such as Alzheimer's disease Read more

Healthy diet may lower eye disease risk

An analysis of recent high-quality research reveals that diet may affect individuals' risks related to the development and progression of age-related... Read more

Genome Surgery for Eye Disease Moves Closer to Reality

Researchers from Columbia University have developed a new technique for the powerful gene editing tool CRISPR to restore retinal function in mice... Read more

UCL and Moorfields Eye Hospital launch design competition for new joint facility

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on behalf of UCL, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Moorfields Eye Charity have today... Read more

Education may lead to short-sightedness

A new study strongly suggests that spending time in education raises the risk of myopia. The findings, write the authors, "have important implications... Read more

AAO reiterates long-standing guidance on LASIK patient education

The American Academy of Ophthalmology, the world’s leading professional association of eye physicians and surgeons, today reiterated its long-standing... Read more

Harness the power of groups to beat the ‘PhD blues’

Doctoral students can use writing meet-ups to overcome isolation and depression — and boost their motivation. Read more

Cataract surgery tied to fewer car crashes for seniors

Cataract surgery tied to fewer car crashes for seniors Read more

First 3D-printed human corneas

The first human corneas have been 3-D printed by scientists at Newcastle University, UK. Read more

Europe’s biggest research fund cracks down on ‘ethics dumping’

The practice of conducting ethically dubious research in foreign countries is under fresh scrutiny. Read more

Repopulation of microglia cells in the retina

Repopulation of microglia cells in the retina may hold therapeutic promise in controlling inflammation and progression of RP and AMD Read more

Grip and rip keratoplasty

More elegant than it sounds Read more

New Laser treatment can help get rid of eye floaters

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The March for Science is back — and here's what to expect

Researchers in the United States, India and Mexico are protesting in advance of major elections. Read more

Preserve Access To Specialized Treatments For The Prevention Of Blindness

American Academy of Ophthalmology Asks Congress To Help Preserve Access To Specialized Treatments For The Prevention Of Blindness Read more

Science’s vast gender pay gap revealed in UK wage data

Pay disparities at science employers outpace national average for all firms. Read more

FDA approves first AI enabled software diagnostic to detect diabetic retinopathy without human graders

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Nine Institute and Moorfields staff feature in the Ophthalmologist Power List 2018

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The Mystery of the Ghostly White Ring

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7 Ways to Protect Your Eyes From Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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Topline data from GenSight’s Phase III REVERSE study provide an unusual and unexpected outcome

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Neonatal caffeine therapy may improve visuomotor, visual perception outcomes

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Web of Science owner buys tool that offers one-click access to journal articles

Kopernio’s web-browser extension simplifies process of finding and legally downloading scholarly publications. Read more

New £5m study aims to transform treatment for children and young people with arthritis and uveitis

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Google’s AI Program

Building Better Algorithms for Detecting Eye Disease Read more

Demand to support evaluation of new drug approvals

Expert research scientists in demand to support evaluation of new drug approvals for novel technologies, including retinal stem cell and gene... Read more

Patients regain sight after being first to receive retinal tissue engineered from stem cells

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Spain’s biggest-ever science petition decries ‘abandonment’ of research

Researchers deliver 280,000-signature campaign to parliament protesting decade of drastic cuts — but a budget hike might be in their sights.

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Do Racial and Gender Disparities Exist in Newer Glaucoma Treatments?

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What causes eye boogers?

A person's eyes produce mucus or pus known as rheum that leaves behind what are colloquially called eye boogers. Read more

Honors celebrate research, future generation in retina

At the inaugural Ophthalmology Times Research Scholar Honoree Program, five leading retina experts weighed in on topics ranging from ellipsoid zone... Read more

Use social media to market LASIK to millennials

Be sure to highlight the good you do for your patients and community Read more

Low-dose ranibizumab effective for retinopathy of prematurity

A low dose of ranibizumab (Lucentis, Genentech/Roche) works well as a treatment for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), researchers say. Read more

Understanding the techniques of eye removal

Enucleation, evisceration, and exenteration may happen to patients you see Read more

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital appoint joint Education Lead

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital have appointed Professor Nora Ann Colton as their first joint education lead. Read more

From proposals to snarks

The messages that scientists sneak into their papers Read more

What to know about central serous retinopathy?

Central serous retinopathy is a medical condition where fluid builds up behind the retina in the eye. Read more

How do you get rid of puffy eyes?

Periorbital edema is the proper term for "puffy eyes." Read more

Why science blogging still matters

Blogs continue to be an effective platform for communicating your science to major stakeholders — and the public. Read more

Cataract surgery may raise diabetic macular oedema risk

Cataract surgery increases the risk of diabetic macular oedema (DMO), medical records from the United Kingdom suggest. Read more

Few UK universities have adopted rules against impact-factor abuse

Institutions have made little progress against the misuse of research metrics when hiring and promoting academics. Read more

Everything you need to know about papilledema

Papilledema is a serious medical condition where the optic nerve at the back of the eye becomes swollen. Read more

Maximising the impact of EU research and innovation

Europe must step up investment in research and innovation in order to maximise impact, while also further refining the success story that is Horizon... Read more

What is this bump on my eyelid?

An eyelid bump can be painful or irritating but is usually harmless. Read more

Stroke: Could looking into the eyes help with diagnosis?

Scientists have made a surprising discovery about the eye and its blood supply that may help to improve the diagnosis and treatment of stroke. Read more

Train PhD students to be thinkers not just specialists

Many doctoral curricula aim to produce narrowly focused researchers rather than critical thinkers. That can and must change. Read more

Data visualization tools drive interactivity and reproducibility in online publishing

New tools for building interactive figures and software make scientific data more accessible, and reproducible. Read more

Financing for breakthrough innovation

EU financing for breakthrough innovation should adapt to the needs of the innovator, experts say Read more

Single-use MIGS device demonstrates significant reduction in IOP in retrospective study

Study compared two minimally invasive ab interno trabecular meshwork/canal-based procedures Read more

What causes a buildup of pressure behind the eyes?

There are many types of eye pain, but a feeling of pressure behind the eyes is something else altogether. Read more

Research and innovation are essential for EU's prosperity and social model, report says

Europe has a unique opportunity to lead the next wave of breakthrough innovation where digital technologies meet the physical world in areas such as... Read more

Device restores vision to patient with Stargardt disease

An artificial vision device (MyEye, OrCam) has helped a blind veteran regain his independence, according to the charity Scottish War Blinded. Read more

UK scientists brace for disruption as huge academic strike set to begin

Pension changes spur more than 40,000 university academics to walk out on research activities, conferences and lectures. Read more

Bold science to meet big challenges

Independent report calls for mission-oriented EU research and innovation Read more

Latest research brings awareness to new AMD discoveries

Ongoing research on treatments and/or causes of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) covers a wide range of approaches and paradigms. Read more

Data demonstrate real-world benefits of fluocinolone acetonide implant

Findings could spell change in way chronic diabetic macular oedema is treated in UK Read more

Online tool calculates reproducibility scores of PubMed papers

A new online tool unveiled 19 January measures the reproducibility of published scientific papers by analyzing data about articles that cite them. Read more

What is optic neuritis?

Optic neuritis is an inflammation of the optic nerve, a bundle of nerve fibers that relays visual information from the eye to the brain. Read more

Robust research needs many lines of evidence

Replication is not enough. Read more

All you should know about Waardenburg syndrome

Waardenburg syndrome refers to several rare genetic diseases that cause hearing loss, changes in the color of the eyes, skin, and hair, and changes in... Read more

Low-dose ranibizumab effective for retinopathy of prematurity

A low dose of ranibizumab (Lucentis, Genentech/Roche) works well as a treatment for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), researchers say. Read more

How brittlestars ‘see’ without eyes

The starfish relatives use light-sensitive cells throughout their bodies to sense their surroundings. Read more

An introduction to eyes and how they work

Sight is, arguably, our most important sense. Read more

Small-aperture IOL offers advantages over other presbyopia lenses

A new small-aperture intraocular lens (IOL) extends patients’ depth of focus as well as multifocal IOLs with fewer dysphotopsias, researchers say. Read more

Resign from leadership post over colleague’s bogus paper?

Nobel laureate suggests he could resign from leadership post over colleague’s bogus paper Read more

China declared world’s largest producer of scientific articles

Report shows increasing international competition, but suggests that United States remains a scientific powerhouse. Read more

New glaucoma therapy offers first drug option in years

Latanoprostene bunod increases outflow through the trabecular meshwork and Schlemm's canal Read more

What to know about central serous retinopathy?

Central serous retinopathy is a medical condition where fluid builds up behind the retina in the eye. Read more

Per aspera ad astra – Through hardships to the stars

Don’t be blindsided by impressive technology; bring drugs research and innovation to the fore Read more

US researchers relieved as government shutdown ends

Science agencies are poised to resume normal operations after lawmakers back stopgap budget measure. Read more

Managing glaucoma with OCTA

How can OCTA be employed in routine glaucoma management? Read more

Five tips for healthy sight

Your eyes play a significant role in your health. Read more

Cellular therapy of the corneal stroma: Real approach or science fiction?

Extraocular mesenchymal stem cells could be an alternative to classical corneal transplantation Read more

German scientists hope for windfall from incoming government

Research budget could rise to 3.5% of gross domestic product if agreement struck during coalition talks holds. Read more

Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery - How far have we come?

Expert surgeons highlight benefits, share pearls offer ideas for advancing the field Read more

Moorfields Eye Charity launches new strategy to support IoO and Moorfields Eye Hospital

Moorfields Eye Charity launches new six year strategy to achieve its aims to support the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital Read more

Protein discovery may improve treatments for diabetic eye disease

Recent research has discovered a protein that plays a key role in diabetes-related vision loss, which may lead to better treatments for a major cause... Read more

Fraying ties among academia, industry, and government hurt scientists and science

Ph.D.s hoping to find nonacademic careers - a group that, in the long run, comprises the overwhelming majority of doctorate recipients—must navigate... Read more

Could a cup of hot tea each day reduce the risk of glaucoma?

A new study has discovered that the risk of glaucoma - a fairly common eye condition in the older population that can result in loss of vision — was... Read more

Animal experimentation: the chicken model in myopia research

Animal experiments are essential for the progress of basic and applied biological and medical research since many fundamental questions cannot be... Read more

Greek expat academics' initiative aims to reverse the country's brain drain

When Kalliopi Kalaitzi was invited to attend a 1-month medical training course in Germany in 2013, she expected that she would return to her home... Read more

CooperVision Acquires Paragon Vision Sciences for $80 Million

CooperVision has acquired Paragon Vision Sciences in a deal valued at $80 million Read more

Public engagement success: IoO See Science Festival

PhD student Erika Aquino gives a summary of the IoO's See Science Festival. Read more

My children make me a better scientist

Children are not just career interruptions, and parents can come back to work as more insightful and effective scientists. Read more

Novartis is launching ViaOpta Hello - a facial recognition app

Novartis is launching ViaOpta Hello, a facial recognition app that, using Microsoft AI technologies, aims to enhance the daily lives of people with... Read more

AYOXXA Biosystems Launches Test for Biomarkers in Retinal Disease

AYOXXA Biosystems has launched a test to detect biomarkers of retinal angiogenic and inflammatory pathways using proteins from vitreous and aqueous... Read more

What you need to know about esotropia

Esotropia is a condition where one or both eyes turn inward. Read more

Novaliq’s NovaTears+Omega-3 Approved in Europe for Dry Eye

NovaTears+Omega-3 has received European approval for the enhanced treatment of the signs and symptoms of evaporative dry eye disease (DED), Novaliq... Read more

The science that’s never been cited

Nature investigates how many papers really end up without a single citation. Read more

Rare Pediatric Disease Designation received by MeiraGTx

MeiraGTx Receives Rare Pediatric Disease Designation for the Treatment of LCA and Treats First Pediatric Patient in Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial Read more

Swiss Science Briefing: Towards a European Open Science Cloud

How to harness the power of open data? Getting inspiration from the work of the Swiss Data Science Center. Read more

Refocus Completes PMA Application for VisAbility as Treatment for Presbyopia

Refocus Group announced Dec. 4 that it has submitted the final module of its premarket approval application to the US FDA for the VisAbility Micro... Read more

Discover Hanen Khabou, winner of EVI's picture competition

Hanen Khabou, PhD Student at the Institut de la Vision, is the winner of the European Vision Institute's picture competition! Read more

Women in Vision UK breaking barriers in their field

Women from all fields of eye research to combine efforts to increase the profiles of women in ophthalmology and vision. Read more

Protein discovery may improve treatments for diabetic eye disease

Recent research has discovered a protein that plays a key role in diabetes-related vision loss, which may lead to better treatments for a major cause... Read more

How does arthritis affect the eyes?

Arthritis is often thought of as inflammation of the joints. Read more

Many junior scientists need to take a hard look at their job prospects

Permanent jobs in academia are scarce, and someone needs to let PhD students know. Read more

All you need to know about epiretinal membrane

Epiretinal membranes are thin, transparent layers of fibrous tissues that form a film on the inner surface of the retina. Read more

China announces plans to fast-track drug approval

Policies are expected to speed up access to medicines and boost the country’s pharmaceutical industry. Read more

Intersectoral mobility and knowledge transfer

Preliminary evidence of the impact of intersectoral mobility policy instruments Read more

Brown, blue, green, and hazel: What is the secret behind eye color?

Eyes come in many shades, ranging from dark to light brown, and from green, hazel, and gray, to blue. Read more

Bitter CRISPR patent war intensifies

Gene-editing pioneers prepare for next stage of intellectual-property disputes in the United States and Europe. Read more

Pseudophakia (IOL): Signs you need them and complications

Pseudophakia translates from the Latin to mean false lens. Read more

EYE CANDY: Seeds, sponges and spinal surgery

October’s sharpest science shots, selected by Nature’s photo team. Read more

Vitrectomy: Procedure, complications, and recovery

Vitrectomy surgeries involve the removal and replacement of some or all of the vitreous humor or fluid from the eye. Read more

Pay for US postdocs varies wildly by institution

Analysis of universities' salary data suggests major disparities in pay for early-career researchers. Read more

Natural protein may help to prevent blindness

Scientists may be on the brink of a new strategy to prevent blindness, after discovering a naturally occurring protein that protects the eye from one... Read more

A Vision for Europe

The Three Os – Open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the World Read more

Arcus senilis: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

Arcus senilis appears as a white, gray, or blue ring or arc around the cornea of the eye. Read more

Citation is not the only impact

A look at what we have published highlights the variety of editorial judgements in selecting and assessing papers. Read more

Pioneering techniques could lead to new diabetes treatments

EU-funded researchers have pioneered new techniques to treat type 1 diabetes, which on their own have significant market potential. Read more

How biomarkers can speed-up drug development

EU and industry-funded researchers have gathered data on new biological indicators that could help to identify - accurately and early - the potential... Read more

Call for proposals for ERC Consolidator Grant

  • Call identifier: ERC-2018-COG
  • Publication date: 24 October 2017 OJ reference OJ C 251/2017
  • Deadline: 15 February 2018 17:00:00
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Researchers identify potential biomarkers of age-related macular degeneration

Findings may lead to earlier diagnoses and better prognostic information for patients - and, potentially, new pharmaceutical targets for AMD... Read more

EMA location may have a significant impact

New location for European Medicines Agency (EMA) may have a significant impact for patients and industry Read more

Using health records to help clinical research

New treatments must be tested in clinical trials to ensure they are safe and effective. Read more

Call For Proposals For ERC Synergy Grant

  • Call identifier: ERC-2018-SYG
  • Publication date: 24 July 2017 OJ reference OJ C 251/2017
  • Deadline: 14 November 2017 17:00:00
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Plans to promote German research excellence come under fire

Critics say selection process for high-stakes funding programme is flawed. Read more

The ophthalmic technology flood

How much high tech do we need for our practices? Read more

How to improve IOL power calculations in keratoconus

Inaccuracy can be minimised by using an adjusted keratometric approach Read more

Arcus senilis: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

Arcus senilis appears as a white, gray, or blue ring or arc around the cornea of the eye. Read more

Natural protein may help to prevent blindness

Scientists may be on the brink of a new strategy to prevent blindness, after discovering a naturally occurring protein that protects the eye from one... Read more

Antioxidant/zinc supplement cost saving and effective for degenerative eye disease

A supplement that combines antioxidants with zinc and copper is a relatively inexpensive and effective means of halting the progression of a certain... Read more

Postdocs: Big lab, small lab?

While looking for a postdoctoral position, Michael Mitchell could have joined any number of small, intimate labs with a couple of colleagues and an... Read more

EU funding supports Nobel Prize-winning discovery

Nine PhD students funded by the European Commission were involved in the discovery behind the Nobel Prize in Physics 2017. Read more

Europe’s Joint Research Centre, although improving, must think bigger

The European Union’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) uses the label EU Science Hub now. Read more

Commission launches the 2018 edition of the Women Innovators Prize

Apply by 15 November 2017 and follow us on #WIPrizeEU. Read more

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 goes to EU-funded researchers for optimising electron microscopes to study living matter

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2017 has been awarded jointly to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for the development of... Read more

Medicine Nobel awarded for work on circadian clocks

Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young unpicked molecular workings of cells' daily rhythms. Read more

Helping the underprivileged to see

Some logistical considerations when setting up ‘eye camps’ Read more

European Commission approves adalimumab for paediatric uveitis

The European Commission has approved adalimumab (Humira, AbbVie) as the first biologic treatment for chronic non-infectious anterior uveitis in... Read more

Researchers identify potential biomarkers of age-related macular degeneration

Findings may lead to earlier diagnoses and better prognostic information for patients - and, potentially, new pharmaceutical targets for AMD... Read more

Blindness study shows how gene causes middle-age sight loss

Chemical changes in the eye that can lead to blindness have been identified by scientists. Read more

29th EU Contest for Young Scientists: and the winner is...

This year's European Commission top prizes for young scientists were awarded to Karina Movsesjan, Adam Jan Alexander Ohnesorge and Danish Mahmood Read more

Topical delivery of Anti-VEGF drugs to the Ocular Posterior Segment using Cell-Penetrating Peptides

To evaluate the efficacy of anti-VEGF agents for treating choroidal neovascularization (CNV) when delivered topically using novel cell-penetrating... Read more

Whole Exome Sequencing (WES)

Whole exome sequencing (WES) continues to yield significant efficiencies in clinical identification of inherited retinal degenerations. Read more

Half of papers searched for online are free to read

Large study of open research analysed reader data from Unpaywall tool, which finds freely available versions of articles. Read more

Corneal Confocal Microscopy

Corneal Confocal Microscopy is emerging as a powerful diagnostic tool for assessing systemic neurologic disease Read more

Swollen eyelid: Twelve causes and treatments

Most causes of swollen eyelids are harmless, but seemingly minor problems can be quite serious. Read more

Drug approval needs a helping hand

It’s time for researchers to lend their expertise to expediting the arrival of cutting-edge therapies that are waiting in the wings. Read more

Cash bonuses for peer-reviewed papers go global

China is well known for the generous bonuses it pays scientists who land a peer-reviewed publication in a prestigious research journal. Read more

Uncertainty for Gene Therapy

Uncertainty for gene therapy following withdrawal from market of Europe’s first gene therapeutic Read more

Marcus Gunn pupil: Causes, diagnosis, and treatment

After being exposed to a bright light, a normal pupil will constrict or become smaller. Read more

Encapsulated Cell Therapy Technology show benefit

Phase II results from encapsulated cell therapy technology show benefit in the treatment of patients with macular telangiectasia 2 Read more

Austerity bites deeply

Institutions in Argentina and Brazil are struggling to maintain their funding and talent. Read more

How to map the circuits that define us

Neuroscientists want to understand how tangles of neurons produce complex behaviours, but even the simplest networks defy understanding. Read more

Shake up conferences

Emojis, smartphone technologies and revamped guidelines would boost transparency at scientific meetings, say Shai D. Silberberg and colleagues. Read more

Alternative Routes to Perfuse the Optic Nerve Head

In this issue of IOVS, Yu et al.1 revisit an important topic for vision and glaucoma research—the interrelationship of arterial supply to human... Read more

Thousands across India march in support of science

Protesters demand respect for research — but some scientists were told to stay away. Read more

Spark Therapeutics files marketing authorization application at EMA for the treatment of Leber’s congenital amaurosis (LCA)

Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ONCE), a gene therapy company based in Philadelphia, USA, has announced the submission of a Marketing Authorization... Read more

Demyelination: Causes, symptoms, and treatments

Many of the nerve fibers in the nervous system are coated with a fatty white substance called myelin. Read more

New FDA security rules will bar agency from hiring some foreign nationals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving to adopt a new policy on security background checks that is sowing confusion and alarm among... Read more

Encapsulated Cell Therapy Technology show benefit

Phase II results from encapsulated cell therapy technology show benefit in the treatment of patients with macular telangiectasia 2 Read more

Dacryocystitis: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

Painful eyes with a gooey discharge are unpleasant for anyone dealing with them. Read more

Biomarkers and Surrogate Endpoints in Ophthalmic Clinical Research

This special issue collects original research, reviews, scientific, and regulatory perspectives focusing on biomarkers and surrogate endpoints in... Read more

China cracks down after investigation finds massive peer-review fraud

A massive peer-review fraud has triggered a tough response from the Chinese government. Read more

Laser treatment reduces eye floaters

Patients reported improvement in symptoms of eye floaters after treatment with a laser, according to a study published by JAMA Ophthalmology. Read more

Researchers identify visual system changes that may signal Parkinson's disease

Changes in the visual systems of newly diagnosed Parkinson's disease patients may provide important biomarkers for the early detection and monitoring... Read more

Don't run biomedical science as a business

Science should abandon its assembly-line mentality and rebuild for quality, not quantity. Read more

Inaugural SenSyT symposium celebrates cross-disciplinary sensory research

UCL’s unique Sensory Systems, Technologies and Therapies (SenSyT) programmes unite teaching and research from the Faculty of Brain Sciences to... Read more

Eye microbiome trains immune cells to fend off pathogens

Bugs in your eyes may be a good thing. Resident microbes living on the eye are essential for immune responses that protect the eye from infection, new... Read more

President of troubled French funding agency resigns

Chief's departure after management complaints might not solve National Research Agency's woes. Read more

Magnetic implants used to treat 'dancing eyes'

A research team has successfully used magnets implanted behind a person's eyes to treat nystagmus, a condition characterised by involuntary eye... Read more

Cell engineering: How to hack the genome

After tackling the genomes of bacteria and yeast, synthetic biologists are setting their sights on rewriting those of more complex organisms,... Read more

Look for the leaders

Early-career scientists often think about leadership in a formal sense and at the highest levels — an appointed administrator at a university, an... Read more

Competitive football players have superior vision, study suggests

The visual abilities of competitive football players are substantially better than those of healthy non-athletes, according to the first-ever... Read more

Big names in statistics want to shake up much-maligned P value

Science is in the throes of a reproducibility crisis, and researchers, funders and publishers are increasingly worried that the scholarly literature... Read more

More universities must confront sexual harassment

Too many institutions give low priority to tackling sexual misconduct in science. Read more

Opening up to an ERA of Social Innovation Conference

The conference will help script a new narrative for social innovation and inform the design of the future framework programme (FP) for research and... Read more

Prof Sobha Sivaprasad awarded £6m by Global Challenges Research Fund

A leading expert from UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields is joining forces with researchers from around the world to tackle some of the... Read more

World-renowned French research institutions sign collaborative agreement

World-renowned French research institutions sign collaborative agreement with Pittsburgh School of Medicine Read more

Light-responsive ligands activate retinal neurons to repair vision loss in blind mice

Retinitis pigmentosa, age-related macular degeneration, and other retinal diseases lead to the deterioration of photoreceptors, the light-sensing... Read more

EU innovation: some improvements but more even progress is needed

The EU's innovation performance last year continued to grow despite somewhat uneven progress observed around Europe. Read more

Disfiguring eye symptoms diminish in Graves' eye disease drug trial

The disease is characterized by inflammation and a buildup of tissue around the eyes that cause them to bulge painfully from their sockets. Read more

Horizon 2020 found to be meeting its objectives, but is underfunded

A new assessment of the first years of Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme, shows that it is on track to help create jobs and... Read more

Are soft contact lenses safe for children?

Risks seem no higher than in adults Read more

Latest SME Instrument results

EU to invest €6.4 million in 129 innovative businesses Read more

There are millions of protein factories in every cell. Surprise, they’re not all the same

The plant that built your computer isn't churning out cars and toys as well. Read more

Scenarios for future research and innovation policies in Europe are presented to the Commission

Research, science and innovation are of critical importance for Europe’s performance in the world. Read more

Commission's high-level advisers advocate open research and innovation as essential drivers for growth in Europe

The high level expert group of Research, Innovation and Science Policy Experts (RISE) today presented its report 'Europe’s future: Open Innovation,... Read more

Switching to a low-glycemic diet may stop age-related eye disease, study suggests

A study in mice finds that development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) could be arrested by switching from a high-glycemic diet (starches as... Read more

The secrets of a top salary in science

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Avastin as effective as Eylea for treating central retinal vein occlusion

Monthly eye injections of Avastin (bevacizumab) are as effective as the more expensive drug Eylea (aflibercept) for the treatment of central retinal... Read more

Light-responsive ligands activate retinal neurons to repair vision loss in blind mice

Retinitis pigmentosa, age-related macular degeneration, and other retinal diseases lead to the deterioration of photoreceptors, the light-sensing... Read more

Don’t let Europe’s open-science dream drift

Now that the major players have agreed to the giant European Open Science Cloud, it’s time to get the project moving. Read more

Prof Sobha Sivaprasad appointed editor of Eye Journal

Professor Sobha Sivaprasad from the Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital, has been announced as the Editor-in-Chief for Eye Journal. Read more

Dressmakers found to have needle-sharp 3-D vision

Haute couture can be credited for enhancing more than catwalks and red carpets. Read more

EU-China Summit: new flagship initiatives in research and innovation

The European Union and China will boost their research and innovation cooperation with a new package of flagship initiatives targeting the areas of... Read more

Biologists debate how to license preprints

Flood of online manuscripts generates confusion about terms for distribution and reuse. Read more

Open Science Policy Symposium

The policy symposium is organised by the Mission of Switzerland to the EU, SwissCore and Frontiers, in cooperation with the Estonian Presidency of the... Read more

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology is officially the best place in the world to study Ophthalmology

According to the 2017 Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR) rankings by subject, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology is the best place in the world... Read more

Is your doctor prescribing the wrong treatment for pink eye?

Ophthalmologists urge practitioners to stop overprescribing antibiotics for a common eye infection that typically clears up without medication. Read more

New concerns raised over value of genome-wide disease studies

Large analyses dredge up 'peripheral' genetic associations that offer little biological insight, researchers say. Read more

University of Birmingham develops revolutionary eye drops to treat age-related blindness

Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a type of eye drop which could potentially revolutionise the treatment of one of the leading... Read more

Professor Gary Rubin wins ARVO Oberdorfer Award for 2017

Congratulations to Professor Gary Rubin who has been awarded the Oberdorfer Award in Low Vision Research for 2017. Read more

Macron consolidates electoral victory

The party of France’s recently elected president won an absolute majority in its first general elections, with an agenda that included strong support... Read more

Disfiguring eye symptoms diminish in Graves' eye disease drug trial

The disease is characterized by inflammation and a buildup of tissue around the eyes that cause them to bulge painfully from their sockets. Read more

Findings suggest underdiagnosis of AMD not uncommon in primary eye care

Approximately 25 percent of eyes deemed to be normal based on dilated eye examination by a primary eye care ophthalmologist or optometrist had macular... Read more

No researcher is too junior to fix science

Thousands of researchers took to the streets last month to march for science. Read more

Fish eyes to help understand human inherited blindness

Discovery of a gene in zebrafish that triggers congenital blindness could lead to a suitable cure for similar disease in humans. Read more

New eye test detects earliest signs of glaucoma

A simple eye test could help solve the biggest global cause of irreversible blindness, glaucoma. Read more

Reviewers are blinkered by bibliometrics

There is a disconnect between the research that reviewers purport to admire and the research that they actually support. Read more

Marker may help predict success with extended-wear contact lenses

A simple marker on eye examination may help vision care professionals predict which patients will have a higher or lower rate of problems after... Read more

Researchers identify new target for abnormal blood vessel growth in the eyes

A team led by Massachusetts Eye and Ear researchers has identified a novel therapeutic target for retinal neovascularization, or abnormal blood vessel... Read more

Controversial UK research reform crosses finish line

Snap general election triggers compromises in legislation overhauling how Britain’s science is funded. Read more

Study finds ethnic differences in effect of age-related macular degeneration on visual function

In study that included Chinese, Malay, and Indian participants, researchers found that among those with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) there... Read more

NIH to limit the amount of grant money a scientist can receive

For the first time, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) will restrict the amount of funding that an individual scientist can hold at any one... Read more

Study suggests new way to prevent vision loss in diabetics and premature babies

Researchers at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, have identified a new molecule that induces the... Read more

New chemical composition of 'poppers' linked to retinal damage

The new chemical composition of the legal high 'poppers' is linked to retinal damage at the back of the eye, finds a small study published online in... Read more

Pocket laboratories

Mobile phones are helping to take conventional laboratory-based science into the field, the classroom and the clinic. Read more

Professor Gary Rubin wins ARVO Oberdorfer Award for 2017

Congratulations to Professor Gary Rubin who has been awarded the Oberdorfer Award in Low Vision Research for 2017. Read more

Prof Sobha Sivaprasad appointed editor of Eye Journal

Professor Sobha Sivaprasad from the Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital, has been announced as the Editor-in-Chief for Eye Journal. Read more

Fish eyes to help understand human inherited blindness

Discovery of a gene in zebrafish that triggers congenital blindness could lead to a suitable cure for similar disease in humans. Newborns babies can... Read more

Europe must find a new home for its drug regulator

and a way to keep using English Read more

Marker may help predict success with extended-wear contact lenses

A simple marker on eye examination may help vision care professionals predict which patients will have a higher or lower rate of problems after... Read more

Getting the most out of your postdoc

The postdoc situation is tough right now. Read more

Study finds ethnic differences in effect of age-related macular degeneration on visual function

In study that included Chinese, Malay, and Indian participants, researchers found that among those with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) there... Read more

CRISPR studies muddy results of older gene research

Scientists face tough decisions when the latest gene-editing findings don’t match up with the results of other techniques. Read more

Study suggests new way to prevent vision loss in diabetics and premature babies

Researchers at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, have identified a new molecule that induces the... Read more

How to (seriously) read a scientific paper

I start by reading the abstract. Then, I skim the introduction and flip through the article to look at the figures. Read more

Risk of repeated eye injections

Repeated eye injections for age-related macular degeneration associated with increased risk for glaucoma surgery Read more

Initiative aims to break science’s citation paywall

Want to find out whether your articles are more highly cited than others? To get at the underlying data, you’ll have to pay. Read more

Unproven stem cell 'therapy' blinds three patients at Florida clinic

Three people with macular degeneration were blinded after undergoing an unproven stem cell treatment that was touted as a clinical trial in 2015 at a... Read more

Congress and FDA nominee heap love on ‘adaptive trials’

This week, as President Donald Trump’s nominee to head FDA, Gottlieb sat before Republican lawmakers hungry for promises of “shorter time frames” for... Read more

Changes of the cell environment are associated with certain eye diseases

In case of ischemic injury to the retina, changes occur in the protein scaffold in the environment of retinal cells, the so-called extracellular... Read more

23andMe given green light to sell DNA tests for 10 diseases

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first at-home genetic test that can help to determine a person’s risk of developing certain... Read more

Fighting blindness: TSRI scientists bring a key protein into focus

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered how a protein called α2δ4 establishes proper vision. Read more

Rabbits' detached retina 'glued' with new hydrogel

A newly developed elastic gel administered in liquid form and shown to turn jellylike within minutes after injection into rabbits' eyes to replace the... Read more

Dr Rosie Gilbert wins UCL Provost's Award for Public Engagement

Congratulations to Institute of Ophthalmology student Dr Rosie Gilbert for being awarded a UCL Provost’s Award for Public Engagement for her project... Read more

International team of researchers develop new model for earlier treatments for AMD

An international team of researchers from Queen's University Belfast, University College London and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA have... Read more

Commission speeds up access to market of 17 innovative projects with €33.5 million

The European Commission is awarding nearly €33.5 million to bring more innovative ideas to market quicker. Read more

An epigenetics gold rush: new controls for gene expression

How rediscovered chemical tags on DNA and RNA are shaking up the field. Read more

Zapping between channels in the retina

Visual information is processed long before it reaches the brain. As early as in the retina, numerous types of cells are responsible for decomposing... Read more

Commission simplifies Horizon 2020

The European Commission will further simplify participation in Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme. Read more

Myopia cell discovered in retina

Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered a cell in the retina that may cause myopia when it dysfunctions. Read more

Anti-cell death agent a potential treatment for vision loss associated with MS

New therapeutic agent tested in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis Read more

Commission improves funding conditions for EU-funded researchers

Researchers working on EU-funded research and innovation projects will receive at least as much salary as they would get if they were working on... Read more

Large increase in eye injuries linked to laundry detergent pods among young children

Between 2012 and 2015, the number of chemical burns to the eye associated with laundry detergent pods increased more than 30-fold among preschool-aged... Read more

New peptide could improve treatment for vision-threatening disease

Johns Hopkins researchers report that a new peptide holds promise for improving treatment for degenerative retinal diseases, such as age-related... Read more

No publication without confirmation

Jeffrey S. Mogil and Malcolm R. Macleod propose a new kind of paper that combines the flexibility of basic research with the rigour of clinical... Read more

World first:

Surgical eye robot performs precision-injection in patient with retinal vein occlusion Read more

Ill-informed and Unsupportive

Many GPs are ill-informed and unsupportive when tackling Britain's leading cause of blindness, new research reveals Read more

The RNA code comes into focus

As researchers open up to the reality of RNA modification, an expanded epitranscriptomics toolbox takes shape. Read more

Which Vitamins are Good for Dry Eyes?

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that occurs when the eyes do not make enough tears, or if the tears vanish too quickly. Read more

UK scientists welcome changes to controversial research reforms

Amendments aim to protect autonomy and the independence of research funders from political interference. Read more

Improving longevity of functionally integrated stem cells in regenerative vision therapy

Stem cell therapies hold great promise for restoring function in a variety of degenerative conditions, but one of the logistical hurdles is how to... Read more

World-first genetic clues point to risk of blindness

Australian scientists have discovered the first evidence of genes that cause Macular Telangiectasia type 2 (MacTel), a degenerative eye disease which... Read more

Which science groups have endorsed the March for Science?

The March for Science, set for 22 April, is creating a buzz in the scientific community. Read more

Rare diseases should not be orphaned

The European Union defines a rare disease as as any disease affecting five or fewer individuals per 10,000—and most are due to nothing more than a... Read more

Improving longevity of functionally integrated stem cells in regenerative vision therapy

Stem cell therapies hold great promise for restoring function in a variety of degenerative conditions, but one of the logistical hurdles is how to... Read more

AI as good as ophthalmologists at diagnosing a rare eye condition

An artificial-intelligence (AI) algorithm performs just as well as individual ophthalmologists in diagnosing congenital cataracts, reports a paper... Read more

Commission brings in top innovators to advise on a potential European Innovation Council

The European Commission has announced the 15 members of the new High Level Group that will advise the Commission on how to strengthen support for... Read more

The time is ripe to reform the World Health Organization

As the public-health agency chooses a new leader, the media and politicians must be more realistic about what it can do. Read more

New members appointed to High Level Group of the Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism

The High Level Group of the Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) welcomes two new world-class scientists. Read more

Meet the 12 finalists of the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017

The finalists of the Horizon 2020-funded EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017 are announced today by the European Commission. Read more

World first: Surgical eye robot performs precision-injection in patient with retinal vein occlusion

Surgeons at University Hospitals Leuven have been the first to operate on a patient with retinal vein occlusion using a surgical robot. Read more

The Internet of Things comes to the lab

The system of connecting machines and sensors is finally making its way into the laboratory, giving researchers peace of mind and restoring their... Read more

Switzerland steps up research and innovation cooperation with the EU

Swiss researchers and organisations will now be able to fully participate in Horizon 2020, the European Union's research and innovation funding... Read more

New peptide could improve treatment for vision-threatening disease

Johns Hopkins researchers report that a new peptide holds promise for improving treatment for degenerative retinal diseases, such as age-related... Read more

Commission speeds up access to market of 17 innovative projects with €33.5 million

The European Commission is awarding nearly €33.5 million to bring more innovative ideas to market quicker. Read more

We must urgently clarify data-sharing rules

Scientists have worked hard to ensure that Europe’s new data laws do not harm science, but one last push is needed. Read more

Trump agenda threatens US legacy of science diplomacy

Concerns mount that the new US president will sideline science’s role in international relations. Read more

Vision symptoms following concussion limit a child's ability to return to the classroom

A comprehensive vision assessment should be part of return-to-learn protocols to help determine when children are ready to return to the classroom... Read more

Science advocacy: Get involved

Presenting science to politicians in a way they can understand can have good outcomes. Read more

A closer look at the eye

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have developed a new imaging technique that could revolutionize how eye health and disease... Read more

Europe should hold fast to its scientific ambitions

Despite the rising tide of Euroscepticism, exemplified most obviously by this year’s Brexit vote, the European Commission still has big ambitions for... Read more

Zinc: A surprise target in regenerating the optic nerve after injury

For more than two decades, researchers have tried to regenerate the injured optic nerve using different growth factors and/or agents that overcome...

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The new face of US science

All too often, funding agencies and recipients fail to appreciate that grants do not just pay for research, they shape careers. Read more

Female hormones increase risk of vision loss in rare genetic disease

Girls with a rare genetic disorder caused by mutations in a gene known as Nf1 are much more likely to lose their vision than boys with mutations in... Read more

Brexit vote drives UK academics to think about leaving

A survey of more than 1,000 UK-based university staff suggests that the country’s vote to leave the European Union could drive an academic exodus. Read more

SRI scientists find mechanism behind side effects in vision-loss treatment

A common class of drugs for vision loss may actually add to the problem in some patients, according to new research co-led by scientists at The... Read more

What does 2017 hold for science?

Expect researchers to glimpse an event horizon, continue striving for quantum supremacy and brace themselves for a political hangover. Read more

Study shows potential of assistive technology to improve quality of life for the visually impaired.

A unique wearable artificial vision device may help people who are legally blind "read" and recognize faces. Read more

New life hack for de-blurring visual images without glasses

An international team of neuroscientists has shown that a person's ability to see fine visual detail can be sharpened by simply staring for a few... Read more

The ultimate experiment:

How Trump will handle science Read more

Cell softness predicts corneal transplant success

Stem cell transplantation is a promising strategy for restoring eyesight resulting from corneal damage, but tissue grafts must contain a high... Read more

The flip side of personal genomics: When a mutation doesn't spell disease

What started as a summer science project soon turned into a family medical crisis for geneticist Heidi Rehm. Read more

Glaucoma causing more sight loss - new study

The number of people made blind due to glaucoma has risen by 62% in two decades, according to research published in the journal PLOS ONE. Read more

FET Open - Watch the video

A short video on FET Open has been released to explain the programme and its specific conditions. Read more

Vitamin A orange maize improves night vision

A new study has found that vitamin A-biofortified orange maize significantly improves visual functions in children. Read more

3D protein models developed to better understand diseases

Pioneering new microscopic techniques capable of achieving accurate 3D protein models could one day lead to new cancer therapies and treatments for... Read more

Argentina president's first budget angers scientists

Researchers in Argentina are incensed about budget cuts that look set to hit the nation’s science ministry especially hard next year — even though... Read more

Visual cortex plays role in plasticity of eye movement reflex

By peering into the eyes of mice and tracking their ocular movements, researchers made an unexpected discovery: Read more

After blindness, the adult brain can learn to see again

More than 40 million people worldwide are blind, and many of them reach this condition after many years of slow and progressive retinal degeneration. Read more

Laser used to control mouse's brain — and speed up milkshake consumption

The ability to control very small groups of neurons could have big implications for brain science. Read more

Open peer review finds more takers

When Kevin Sinclair reported that 13 cloned sheep his lab had studied lived long and healthy lives1, he wanted to be as transparent as possible about... Read more

High number of sports-related eye injuries in U.S.

From 2010 to 2013, approximately 30,000 individuals a year reported to emergency departments in the United States with sports-related eye injuries,... Read more

eHealth Week 2017: Save the Date

eHealth Week 2017, this time organised by the Maltese Ministry of Health as part of their Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the... Read more

Genetic mutations that lead to macular degeneration blindness mapped by new research

Two gene mutations that trigger a retinal disease that causes blindness in one in 5,000 males have been mapped, leading to the potential for new... Read more

Triple-drug chemotherapy with topotecan helps preserve vision in retinoblastoma patients

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital researchers report a topotecan-based chemotherapy regimen should be considered front-line therapy for patients... Read more

UK politicians demand Brexit guarantee for EU scientists

The UK government should immediately guarantee that all European Union researchers living in the country can stay after it leaves the EU, an... Read more

Rainin 2017 Pipette Calendar

Order your 2017 wall calendar today! Read more

Researchers use breakthrough technology to detect glaucoma progression

In a first of its kind study, Mount Sinai researchers are using optimal coherence tomography (OCT) angiography to look at the earliest stages of... Read more

New findings show promise for treatment of Graves' disease and other ocular disorders

A new class of therapies may be on the horizon for thyroid eye disease (TED) and other destructive scarring conditions. Read more

Research and Innovation Observatory (RIO)

The Joint Research Centre Research and Innovation Observatory (RIO) is a new initiative of the European Commission to monitor and analyse research... Read more

AI science search engines expand their reach

A free AI-based scholarly search engine that aims to outdo Google Scholar is expanding its corpus of papers to cover some 10 million research articles... Read more

Level of education is more decisive than intelligence for the development of short-sightedness

Environmental factors such as education and leisure activities have a greater influence on the development of short-sightedness or myopia than the... Read more

A Vision for Europe

The Three Os – Open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the World Read more

Cortisol-free rheumatoid arthritis medication also works for rare eye disease

A well-known rheumatoid arthritis medication containing the active agent adalimumab, a therapeutic human monoclonal antibody, is also effective for... Read more

Brazil’s scientists battle to escape 20-year funding freeze

Brazil’s science budget has shrunk by more than 40% in the past three years. Read more

Microbes in your gut influence major eye disease

Bacteria in your intestines may play an important role in determining if you will develop blinding wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Read more

Neurons in the human eye are organised for error correction

Cells that send visual signals to the brain act collectively to suppress noise and improve accuracy. Read more

CRISPR gene-editing tested in a person for the first time

A Chinese group has become the first to inject a person with cells that contain genes edited using the revolutionary CRISPR–Cas9 technique. Read more

New gene-editing technology partially restores vision in blind animals

Salk Institute researchers have discovered a holy grail of gene editing - the ability to, for the first time, insert DNA at a target location into the... Read more

Improper care of contact lenses can cause serious eye infections

Nearly 1 in 5 contact lens-related eye infections reported to a federal database involved a patient who experienced eye damage, according to a report... Read more

TSRI scientists find potential treatment for 'painful blindness' form of dry eye

A new study in animal models, led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), suggests that the eye's lacrimal glands can be repaired by... Read more

Eye test may detect Parkinson's before symptoms appear

A new low-cost and non-invasive eye test could detect Parkinson's disease before symptoms including tremors and muscle stiffness develop, according to... Read more

Steroid treatment in very low birth weight infants may contribute to vision problems

Modest but significantly increased risk of retinopathy in very premature infants is associated with steroid treatment, according to a new study... Read more

High expression of short gene appears to contribute to destructive eye pressures in glaucoma

Scientists have found a variation of the miR-182 gene in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma that results in this overexpression, said Dr. Yutao... Read more

Increased eye cancer risk linked to pigmentation genes that dictate eye color

New research links specific inherited genetic differences (alterations) to an increased risk for eye (uveal) melanoma, a rare form of melanoma that... Read more

European Commission eases market access for 15 innovative projects with €32 million

The European Commission is awarding nearly €32 million to bring innovative ideas to market quicker. Read more

Fighting the stigma of albinism

People with albinism face major health problems, including skin cancer, involuntary eye movements, and poor eyesight. Read more

Researchers find new role for cannabinoids in vision

A multidisciplinary team including researchers from the Montreal Neurological Institute has improved our understanding of how cannabinoids, the active... Read more

Commission proposes copyright exception for researchers

As part of its update of EU copyright rules, the European Commission today proposed a copyright exception that would permit researchers to analyse on... Read more

Artificial retinas: Promising leads towards clearer vision

A major therapeutic challenge, the retinal prostheses that have been under development during the past ten years can enable some blind subjects to... Read more

Europe's top young scientists chosen in Brussels

The European Commission today awarded top prizes to 45 young scientists for their outstanding science projects. Read more

'Internal astigmatism' doesn't compensate for changes in the eye over time

For people with nearsightedness (myopia), the lens doesn't compensate for growth or other changes in the structure of the eye, according to a... Read more

Commission recommends reforms to improve Hungary's research and innovation system

The European Commission presented today key policy recommendations that will help enhance the performance of Hungary in research and innovation. These... Read more

FDA approves VisuMax Femtosecond Laser to surgically treat nearsightedness

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the VisuMax Femtosecond Laser for the small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) procedure to... Read more

Independent experts to advise Commission on impact of EU research funding

The European Commission will set up a High Level Group of experts who will advise on how to maximise the impact of the EU's investment into research... Read more

European Commission launches EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017

The EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017 competition, which awards female entrepreneurs who have successfully brought an innovation to market, has... Read more

Zika virus can be detected in eye's conjunctival fluid

In a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology, Changwen Ke, Ph.D., of the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention,... Read more

Immune-matched stem cells prevent rejection of retinal transplants in animals

Could you help strengthen Europe's capacity to generate and scale up breakthrough innovations? The European Commission is inviting Europe's top... Read more

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 goes to EU-funded researchers developing world's smallest machines

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2016 has been awarded jointly to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa for the design of... Read more

Study demonstrates feasibility of therapeutic gene delivery for inherited retinal degeneration in children

Researchers have demonstrated the ability to deliver a fully functional copy of the CLN3 gene to stem cells of patients with juvenile NCL, an... Read more

Over €780 million invested in more than 2000 companies under Horizon 2020

Clothes and accessories made from marine waste, a portable hub that provides clear water, solar energy and Wi-Fi connectivity in developing countries,... Read more

Even mild vision impairment has influence on quality of life

Study published regarding the association of visual health with social determinants of general health Read more

Gene therapy in a droplet could treat eye diseases, prevent blindness

Eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration are among the leading causes of irreversible vision loss and blindness... Read more

Can alternatives to corticosteroids be effective therapies against neuromyelitis optics?

A review article published on June 20th in the journal Neuroimmunology and Neuroinflammation led by Jun Guo of Tangdu Hospital at The Fourth Military... Read more

Stem cells: from frontier research project to promising spin-off company

Haematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs) are blood cells located in the bone marrow. Read more

Study in mice suggests stem cells could ward off glaucoma

An infusion of stem cells could help restore proper drainage for fluid-clogged eyes at risk for glaucoma. Read more

Commission moves to strengthen research integrity

The EU's Horizon 2020 research funding programme has now a more specific set of rules on research integrity to be followed by beneficiaries. Read more

Model helps identify drugs to treat cat eye infections

It's a problem veterinarians see all the time, but there are few treatments. Read more

Horizon 2020: Work Programme update supports competitiveness through open science.

Spanning seven years (2014 to 2020) and working with a budget of €77 billion, Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation funding programme... Read more

Is Artificial Lighting Making Us Sick? New Evidence in Mice

Environmental 24-hr Cycles Are Essential for Health Read more

Vote in the Innovation Radar Prize 2016 to shine a light on Europe's world-class innovators

The European Commission has launched a competition to identify Europe's top future innovators and their innovations. Read more

Macular degeneration insight identifies promising drugs to prevent vision loss

In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a University of Wisconsin-Madison research team pinpoints how immune... Read more

Moving from conversation to action on gender equality

Last month, Milka Kostic had the pleasure and privilege of leading the discussion during the Power Hour, an hour-long conversation about issues women... Read more

Simple procedure could improve treatment for common eye disease

A new, minimally invasive procedure appears to be effective for many patients with Fuchs endothelial dystrophy (FED), a common eye disease, without... Read more

Why do Trends editors go to scientific conferences?

Matt Pavlovich attended one of the biggest biotechnology meetings in Europe, the European Congress on Biotechnology, this year held in Krakow, Poland. Read more

Corneal transplants, men and women don't see eye to eye

A new study of patients undergoing corneal transplants indicates that subtle differences between men and women may lead to poorer outcomes for a woman... Read more

First Greek science agency is rare source of joy for beleaguered researchers

European Investment Bank provides surprise loan to halt startling brain drain. Read more

Boosting the potency of a broccoli-related compound yields a possible treatment for macular degeneration

Buck Institute study also shows that palmitoleic acid protects the retina from environmental damage in mouse models of disease. Read more

People can sense single photons

Experiment suggests that humans are capable of perceiving even the feeblest flash of light. Read more

Routine eye exams lead to high rate of change in vision status or care

Do you really need to get your eyes checked - even if you haven't noticed any vision problems or eye-related symptoms? Read more

Brexit watch: UK researchers scramble to save science

Uncertainty reigns as the UK struggles with how to sever its relationship with the EU Read more

Harnessing an innate repair mechanism enhances the success of retinal transplantation

Regenerative therapies, based on cell replacement, hold promise for a wide range of age-related diseases, but efforts to bring the therapies to... Read more

Europe’s premier funding agency measures its impact

European Research Council embarks on an unusual evaluation that could inspire others. Read more

FDA approves implantable device that changes the shape of the cornea to correct near vision

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay, a device implanted in the cornea (the clear, front surface) of one... Read more

Major review calls time on 'gaming' in UK research assessment

The United Kingdom’s mammoth periodic audit of its research is set for a shake-up that could change the way universities hire academics – and might... Read more

New research could lead to restoring vision for sufferers of retinal disorders

Engineers and neuroscientists at the University of Sheffield have demonstrated for the first time that the cells in the retina carry out key... Read more

Science illustration: Picture perfect

Even when photographs or images already exist, hand-rendered or digital illustrations and 3D animations can clarify and enhance the technical details... Read more

High-priced drugs used to treat diabetic macular edema not cost-effective

The anti-vascular endothelial growth factor drugs ranibizumab and aflibercept, used to treat vision loss from diabetic macular edema (DME), and... Read more

Brazil's scientists start street protests against ministry merger

Brazil’s scientists have been taking to the streets to protest against last month’s demotion of their country’s science ministry (MCTI) – but... Read more

Promising gene therapies pose million-dollar conundrum

Drugs that act by modifying a patient’s genes are close to approval in the United States, and one is already available in Europe. Read more

Eye study underscores the long-lasting benefits of controlling diabetes

People with type 2 diabetes who intensively controlled their blood sugar level during the landmark Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes... Read more

Can you teach old drugs new tricks?

When a young physician opted to do a short stint in Grant Churchill's pharmacology lab as part of his medical training, he asked for a task that would... Read more

Disease that causes blindness in children tied to new gene

Northwestern Medicine and University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) scientists have identified a gene that causes severe glaucoma in children. Read more

How iPS cells changed the world

Shinya Yamanaka looked up in surprise at the postdoc who had spoken. “We have colonies,” Kazutoshi Takahashi said again. Read more

Coin-sized scanner to target blindness

Hand-held, wireless retinal scanner harnesses new photonics technology to enable early diagnosis of glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Read more

A simpler twist of fate

Until the day it dies, a cell that has become a skin cell remains a skin cell — or so scientists used to think. Read more

Watch your step - blur affects stepping accuracy in older adults

Visual blurring - like that produced by bifocals or multifocal lenses - may cause errors in foot position when walking. Read more

Zika virus may be linked to more eye problems in Brazilian babies with microcephaly

Ophthalmologists find retinal bleeding, abnormal blood vessel development and lesions in infants born to mothers who showed signs of the viral... Read more

'Ransomware' cyberattack highlights vulnerability of universities

The first Patrick Feng knew about a cyberattack on his university was when one of his colleagues told him that her computer had been infected by... Read more

High-power prismatic devices may further expand visual fields for patients with hemianopia

A series of novel optical designs may address some limitations of existing prism technology, which can expand visual fields by up to 30 degrees. Read more

Brexit: UK should remain

The result of next week’s crucial UK referendum on whether or not to remain in the European Union will have worldwide repercussions. Read more

Boon or burden: what has the EU ever done for science?

More than 500 million people and 28 nations make up the European Union. It will lose one of its richest, most populous members, if the United Kingdom... Read more

How much do we really see?

Glance out the window and then close your eyes. What did you see? Maybe you noticed it's raining and there was a man carrying an umbrella. Read more

New genetic risk factors for myopia discovered

Myopia, also known as short-sightedness or near-sightedness, is the most common disorder affecting the eyesight and it is on the increase. Read more

20 year-old puzzle solved through genetic advances:

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The Zombie Literature

Retractions are on the rise. Read more

Australia on track to eliminate blinding trachoma, but children in hotspots remain at risk

Overall prevalence of trachoma in Australia is declining as a result of strengthened control programs, according to early release findings from the... Read more

Identifying more effective ways to prevent and treat blinding eye diseases

Largest eye study among Chinese Americans identifying more effective ways to prevent and treat blinding eye diseases for this racial group Read more

First small molecule targeted therapy to mitigate hearing loss in Usher syndrome type 3

Usher syndrome (USH) is characterized by hearing loss or deafness at birth and progressive vision loss, and is the most common cause of inherited dual... Read more

New Journal Scrutinizes the Research Process

Studies in Research Integrity and Peer Review analyze ethics and quality in both science and publishing. Read more

A new focus for AMD drug target could reduce the need for millions of follow-up eye operations

Scientists may have found a way to prevent complications from surgery to treat cataract, the world's leading cause of blindness. Read more

Opinion: Share Data for All Diseases

Along with his recent $250 million donation to cancer research, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sean Parker emphasized the importance of data sharing. Read more

Promising new compound protects neurons and vision in mice with glaucoma

Early tests of a novel compound in mice with glaucoma should come as welcome news to millions of people around the world now suffering with this... Read more

2-month data highlight the safety and efficacy of ab-interno canaloplasty in primary open-angle glaucoma

Ellex Medical Lasers Ltd is pleased to announce findings from a 12-month case series review of 228 patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG)... Read more

The gene editor CRISPR won’t fully fix sick people anytime soon.

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A better understanding of bananas could help prevent blindness

Carotenoids, which are found at various levels in different banana cultivars, are important vitamin precursors for eye health. Read more

Choroideremia gene therapy gives long-lasting improvements to vision

Patients who took part in the world's first gene therapy clinical trial for choroideremia have had a real and long-lasting improvement in vision. Read more

Periorbital transplantation may be promising alternative to protect vision in facial transplant candidates

Transplantation of the periorbital tissues - the area surrounding the eyes - is a "technically feasible" alternative to protect a functioning eye in... Read more

CILAC 2016: the first ever Latin American and Caribbean Open Science Forum

The ESOF word is spreading. After Africa with the Science Forum South Africa in December 2015 and the Next Einstein Forum in Senegal in March 2016,... Read more

Fish and insects guide design for future contact lenses

NIH-funded researchers seek alternative to current options for a common eye disorder. Read more

Disruptive innovation requires humanities’ input

Innovation has been on the lips of many politicians and policy-makers alike in Europe’s capitals over the past few decades. Read more

Starving eye cells contribute to blindness in elders

Unable to produce energy, photoreceptors trigger age-related macular degeneration. Read more

EMBO welcomes Malta to its funding body

The European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) has welcomed the addition of Malta to its intergovernmental funding body, the European Molecular... Read more

Sylentis reports positive Phase II results with SYL1001 in treating ocular pain

Sylentis, a pharmaceutical company in the PharmaMar Group (MSE:PHM) and a pioneer in the research and development of new drugs based on gene silencing... Read more

Innovative entrepreneurs take to TEDxBinnenhof

12 innovative European entrepreneurs will take to the stage in the Knight’s Hall in The Hague, the Netherlands, as part of TEDxBinnenhof. Read more

New treatment for common incurable eye condition

MedInsight Research Institute and Ariel University Center for Drug Repurposing present new pterygium/pinguecula treatment results at Israeli... Read more

HBP launches research infrastructure

The Horizon 2020 Flagship programme the Human Brain Project (HBP) is promoting a shared European research infrastructure to examine brain organisation... Read more

Before retinal cells die, they regenerate, Penn vet blindness study finds

Until relatively recently, the dogma in neuroscience was that neurons, including the eye's photoreceptor cells, rods and cones, do not regenerate. Read more

Canadian scientists smile at Liberals' déjà vu budget

The first budget from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brought smiles to the faces of Canadian scientists last week. Read more

Research advance may lead to new treatments for glaucoma

Researchers have developed a tool to not only model the underlying disease mechanisms of glaucoma, but also to help discover and test new... Read more

Scientists say ‘no’ to UK exit from Europe in Nature poll

Most polled researchers in Britain and the wider EU think that the union benefits science. Read more

A study demonstrates the possibility of changing the behavior of the gaze by transcranial magnetic stimulation

A study financed by the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris has been conducted under the direction of Monica Zilbovicius in the Inserm Unit 1000 on... Read more

Flagship brain project releases neuro-computing tools

Human Brain Project asks wider neuroscience community to start using its hardware and software. Read more

New insights into human tears could lead to more comfortable contact lenses

When contact lenses work really well, you forget they are on your eyes. Read more

Biology software promises easier way to program living cells

Synthetic biologists have created software that automates the design of DNA circuits for living cells. Read more

KPI presents promising KPI-190 data at eye conference

KPI Therapeutics, a clinical stage biotechnology company presented promising pre-clinical animal results using drugs from its platform of novel Kv1.3... Read more

New sight test detects early AMD

NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre designed a new test that can spot the first stages of sight loss in AMD Read more

REA announces FET Innovation Launchpad information day

To be held in Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday 20 April, the Research Executive Agency’s (REA) information day targets anyone seeking further... Read more

Neuronal feedback could change what we 'see'

Study from Carnegie Mellon neuroscientists could explain mechanism behind optical illusions. Read more

Hydrogels can put stem cells to sleep

Unlike normal cells, stem cells are pluripotent - they can become any cell type, which makes them powerful potential treatments for diseases such as... Read more

Robert Califf confirmed as new FDA head

After 4 months of delay, the U.S. Senate today approved cardiologist and clinical trialist Robert Califf, President Obama’s pick to head the Food and... Read more

Using the physics of your perfect pancake to help save sight

Understanding the textures and patterns of pancakes is helping UCL scientists improve surgical methods for treating glaucoma. Read more

NIH’s 1-million-volunteer precision medicine study announces first pilot projects

Obama announced the cohort study just over a year ago as part of his Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). Read more

Potential new approaches to treating eye diseases

Potential new approaches to treating eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are described in a new study, "IL-33 amplifies an... Read more

Fight brews over promising genetic-sequencing technology

Market leader Illumina sues rival firm Oxford Nanopore Technologies. Read more

Edited stem cells offer hope of precision therapy for blindness

Findings raise the possibility of treating blinding eye diseases using a patient's own corrected cells as replacement tissue. Read more

Confusion reigns as UK scientists face government ‘gagging’ clause

No clarity on whether anti-lobbying rule will apply to university funding and science grants. Read more

Patients with macular degeneration show improvement with high-dose statin treatment

Researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School and the University of Crete have conducted a phase I/II clinical trial investigating... Read more

Real-life problems realistically solved

Is a precise answer always better than a slightly less detailed one? Not necessarily. Read more

S. aureus can spread from blood to eye, endangering vision

Nearly ten percent of cases of Staphylococcus aureus infections of the blood spread to the eyeball, according to a team of Korean clinical... Read more

How many replication studies are enough?

Researchers on social media ask at what point replication efforts go from useful to wasteful. Read more

Research offers hope for better treatments for retinal degenerative diseases

Two studies advance scientific understanding of a safe method for producing retinal pigment epithelial-like cells for transplantation and an effective... Read more

Farsighted kids' reading skills fall behind before they start first grade

Kids with uncorrected farsightedness lose ground on reading skills before they ever start first grade, a new study has found. Read more

New defences against necrotising fasciitis

Don't panic: severe soft tissue infections are extremely rare. Read more

Genomic sequencing reveals link between stis and leading cause of infectious blindness

For the first time, genome sequencing has been carried out on Chlamydia trachomatis (C. trachomatis), a bacteria responsible for the disease Trachoma... Read more

Dartmouth study helps fill in gaps in our visual perception

Dartmouth College study sheds light on how the brain fills in the gaps of how we visually perceive the world around us. Read more

Study: sight loss patients with depression are "routinely overlooked"

A new study has revealed that nearly half of people attending NHS low vision clinics for help with sight loss suffer from symptoms of clinical... Read more

Re-boot for Central and Eastern European economies

Growth in Central and Eastern European economies has slowed in recent years - and its rewards are spread unevenly. Read more

Web tool aims to reduce flaws in animal studies

‘Experimental Design Assistant’ helps to give feedback on research plans. Read more

Kellogg researchers develop new nanoparticle with potential to treat ocular cancer

Using nanoparticles to kill tumor cells inside the eye. Read more

Sensory loss affects 94 percent of older adults

Multisensory impairment more frequent among African Americans. Read more

Breakthrough discovery in the genetics of corneal dystrophies

Researchers at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital London, in collaboration with colleagues in the Czech Republic, have... Read more

Interviews: Big ideas for better science

We asked four researchers who made the news in 2015 what they would change about how science gets done. Read more

Genome-editing revolution: My whirlwind year with CRISPR

Jennifer Doudna, a pioneer of the revolutionary genome-editing technology, reflects on how 2015 became the most intense year of her career — and what... Read more

Biomedicine wins big in US budget deal

Late spending bill gives the NIH and several other research agencies healthy increases. Read more

Scientists identify variations in the AIPL1 gene that cause Leber congenital amaurosis

The results are a vital step towards gene therapy for a devastating cause of severe sight loss in early childhood. Read more

Canada’s top scientist faces tough challenge

Researchers have big hopes for Kirsty Duncan, the country’s newly appointed scientist-turned-science minister. Read more

Substances found in cornea activate healing of blinding scar tissue

Two substances typically associated with brain neurons are involved in the healing process of the cornea in humans. Read more

The unsung heroes of scientific software

Creators of computer programs that underpin experiments don’t always get their due — so the website Depsy is trying to track the impact of research... Read more

Scientists find genes that set into motion age-related macular degeneration

In one of the latest examples of precision medicine, teams of geneticists from nine countries, involving more than 100 scientists, analyzed the genes... Read more

The physics of life

From flocking birds to swarming molecules, physicists are seeking to understand 'active matter' — and looking for a fundamental theory of the living... Read more

Putting vision into context

The Thalamus not only relays visual signals from the eye to the visual cortex as previously thought, but also conveys additional, contextual... Read more

Progress in Medicine: Experts Take Stock

For the 2015 end-of-the-year editorial, the PLOS Medicine editors asked 11 researchers and clinicians spanning a range of specialties to comment on... Read more

Physicists devise gene therapy platform for macular degeneration patients

Physics researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have developed a new platform that uses ultrafast near-infrared lasers to deliver gene... Read more

Four PLOS Authors Receive 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Publishing in Open Access journals is not only ethically rewarding, it can also be financially rewarding. Read more

Developing 'customized' intraocular lenses

Myopia-related differences in eye structure may help in developing 'customized' intraocular lenses Read more

The Future of Science Communication

As a participant in OpenCon 2015, a conference geared towards Early Career Researchers in all disciplines, PLOS had the opportunity to hear what the... Read more

New report reveals UK GPs lack confidence in diagnosing eye conditions

New research reveals an alarming, self-acknowledged gap in family doctors' skills when it comes to diagnosing and treating patient's eye conditions. Read more

Carl Zeiss Optics made a pair of smart glass frames that looks normal: CES 2016

That is, ultimately, the dream. The Zeiss lenses on display at CES weren’t totally seamless; you can see lines there. But they’re not any more... Read more

UGA researchers develop visual test to quickly check brain function quality

University of Georgia researchers have developed a simple technique to measure an individual's visual processing speed - the speed at which an... Read more

'Rat vision' may give humans best sight of all

Humans have the best of all possible visual worlds because our full stereo vision combines with primitive visual pathways to quickly spot danger, a... Read more

Cataract surgery lessens patients' dizziness

Older people with visual impairment can report feeling dizzy and falling. Read more

Tunisia joins Horizon 2020, the EU's Research and Innovation Programme

Researchers and innovators from Tunisia will now be able to participate in Horizon 2020, the EU's framework programme for research and innovation,... Read more

Umbilical cells help eye's neurons connect

Cells isolated from human umbilical cord tissue have been shown to produce molecules that help retinal neurons from the eyes of rats grow, connect and... Read more

Commission proposes a research-friendly copyright for open science and innovation in Europe

European researchers and innovators should have the explicit right to process on a large scale the content to which they have legal access. Read more

Neuromyelitis optica: conventional therapies do not achieve the best results

In the course of a study conducted throughout Germany, medical professionals have compared different treatment methods for Neuromyelitis optica, an... Read more

Tackling informal patient payments will improve healthcare, say researchers

An EU-funded project has shown that the widespread practice of informal healthcare payments in Central and Eastern Europe is inefficient, and means... Read more

Researchers grow retinal nerve cells in the lab

Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a method to efficiently turn human stem cells into retinal ganglion cells, the type of nerve cells located... Read more

In vivo imaging today and tomorrow

How multimodality imaging is driving translational research. Read more

Dompé receives orphan drug designation for investigational ophthalmic treatment

The Dompé biopharmaceutical company has announced that the Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has... Read more

Fellowships are the future

Postdocs need a level of autonomy to get the best out of their position, say Viviane Callier and Jessica Polka. Read more

Portable device can quickly determine the extent of an eye injury

An engineer and an ophthalmologist are developing a portable sensor that can quickly and inexpensively determine whether an eye injury is mild or... Read more

Stem the tide

Japan has introduced an unproven system to make patients pay for clinical trials. Read more

Neural stimulation offers treatment for 'dry eye'

Scientists have developed a device that electronically stimulates tear production, which will offer hope to sufferers of dry eye syndrome, one of the... Read more

Biologists lose out in post-PhD earnings analysis

Many doctoral recipients take well-paid industry jobs, study finds. Read more

Researchers measure gait to reduce falls from glaucoma

Washington State University researchers have developed a way to carefully analyze a person's gait with sensors, an innovation that could lead to... Read more

The end is in sight for reading glasses

A University of Leeds researcher is developing a new eye lens, made from the same material found in smartphone and TV screens, which could restore... Read more

Is the first commercial gene therapy product within sight?

Highly anticipated phase III clinical trial results of Spark Therapeutics's gene therapy to treat visual impairment are due by year-end Read more

New drug candidate is promising therapeutic option for angiogenic retinal diseases

Research models show that a small peptide provents the overgrowth of blood vessels in the eye's retina - and can be delivered in the form of eye drops Read more

Study stops vision loss in late-stage canine X-linked retinitis pigmentosa

Three years ago, a team from the University of Pennsylvania announced that they had cured X-linked retinitis pigmentosa, a blinding retinal disease,... Read more

Seeing in a new light

An animal's ability to perceive light incorporates many complex processes. Read more

Up to 1 billion people at risk of blindness by 2050

Up to 1 billion people could be at risk of blindness by the middle of the century if an emerging short-sightedness (myopia) epidemic is ignored say... Read more

Restoring vision with stem cells

Age-related macular degeneration (AMRD) could be treated by transplanting photoreceptors produced by the directed differentiation of stem cells,... Read more

Scientists test new gene therapy for vision loss from a mitochondrial disease

Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed a novel mouse model for the vision disorder Leber hereditary optic neuropathy... Read more

Scientists uncover mechanism that restricts growth of the human eye

"Why, Grandma, what big eyes you have!" Read more

Wellcome Trust unveils budget boost

Britain’s largest biomedical research funder, the Wellcome Trust, will significantly increase its spending. Read more

Leading ophthalmologists present real world clinical outcomes on Oraya Therapy for wet AMD

Oraya Therapeutics Inc. has announced that leading ophthalmologists from three European countries presented patient results following one year after a... Read more

Why biomedical superstars are signing on with Google

Free tasty food, brightly coloured bicycles and high salaries are well-known hallmarks of the Googleplex — Google’s famed headquarters in Mountain... Read more

How the retina marches to the beat of its own drum

One of many light-sensitive pigments was found to set the retina's own biological tempo while others set the body's master clock. Read more

Success against blindness encourages gene therapy researchers

Ophthalmologist Eric Pierce is no stranger to difficult conversations. Read more

Identified genetic interaction offers possible new target for glaucoma therapy

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have elucidated a genetic interaction that may prove key to the development... Read more

Employee benefits: Plight of the postdoc

As institutions attempt to redefine the postdoctoral position, early-career researchers are joining together to wage a battle for proper benefits. Read more

Gene therapy fully restores vision in mouse model of Leber congenital amaurosis

Mice lacking the protein retGC1, which is deficient in humans suffering Leber congenital amaurosis-1 (LCA1), a disorder that causes severe visual... Read more

Interdisciplinary research by the numbers

An analysis reveals the extent and impact of research that bridges disciplines. Read more

Circuit in the eye relies on built-in delay to see small moving objects

When we move our head, the whole visual world moves across our eyes. Read more

EU and China launch new Co-Funding Mechanism for research and innovation

Today's high level "Joint Conference in Promoting Excellence through Enhanced EU-China Researcher's Mobility and Cooperation" promoted a new... Read more

Dry eyes -- researchers report progress in diagnosis and treatment

Do you have problems with dry eyes? If so, you're not alone - it's one of the most common reasons for patient visits to eye care professionals. Read more

Why interdisciplinary research matters

Scientists must work together to save the world. A special issue asks how they can scale disciplinary walls. Read more

In diabetic eye disease, peripheral lesions in the retina point to risks of progression

Research with ultra-wide-field imaging may change how the condition is assessed and treated Read more

Cochlear implants - the sound of innovation

According to WHO estimates, 360 million people worldwide suffer from disabling hearing loss. Cochlear implants can help those for whom hearing aids... Read more

'Brainbow' reveals surprising data about visual connections in brain

Neuroscientists know that some connections in the brain are pruned through neural development. Read more

How to solve the world's biggest problems

Interdisciplinarity has become all the rage as scientists tackle climate change and other intractable issues. Read more

New lens effective treatment of dry AMD, established wet forms of AMD, other macular disease including maculopathy

Following revolutionary eye surgery at the London Eye Hospital to implant a state-of-the-art iolAMD lens in her eye, retired classroom assistant Irene... Read more

Building bridges for Africa-EU scientific cooperation

Researchers, politicians and policy-makers from Europe and Africa are addressing major social, economic and environmental challenges through EU-funded... Read more

Study provides hope for some human stem cell therapies

An international team of scientists headed by biologists at UC San Diego has discovered that an important class of stem cells known as human "induced... Read more

Welfare breach prompts Nature to update policy on publishing animal experiments

US-based team withdraws data and admits mouse tumours were allowed to grow too large. Read more

Stem cells derived from amniotic membrane can benefit retinal diseases when transplanted

Tests on animal models show that MSCs secrete growth factors that suppress causes of diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration Read more

Citizens to decide which challenge to be tackled with the first Social Innovation Horizon Prize

The European Commission in cooperation with the European Investment Bank Institute will award a prize of €2 million to whoever can offer the best... Read more

Retinal changes may serve as measures of brain pathology in schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is associated with structural and functional alterations of the visual system, including specific structural changes in the eye. Read more

Dramatic rise seen in antibiotic use

New report provides the most comprehensive picture yet of antibiotic use and resistance worldwide. Read more


1st World Congress on Electroporation, Pulsed Electric Fields in Biology, Medicine, Food and Environmental Technologies Read more

Fortified against blindness

Sweet potato varieties developed to increase vitamin A Read more

Brain plasticity after vision loss has an 'on-off switch'

KU Leuven biologists have discovered a molecular on-off switch that controls how a mouse brain responds to vision loss. Read more

Grant giving: Global funders to focus on interdisciplinarity

Granting bodies need more data on how much they are spending on work that transcends disciplines, and to what end, explains Rick Rylance. Read more

Receptor that helps protect brain cells has important role in support cells for the retina

A receptor that is already a target for treating neurodegenerative disease also appears to play a key role in supporting the retina, scientists... Read more

How interdisciplinary are you?

Many scientists claim to be interdisciplinary — but are they really? Read more

Study finds association between blood levels of trace metals and risk of glaucoma

In an analysis that included a representative sample of the South Korean population, a lower blood manganese level and higher blood mercury level were... Read more

Human color vision gives people the ability to see nanoscale differences

The human eye is an amazing instrument and can accurately distinguish between the tiniest, most subtle differences in color. Read more

First population estimates

EU population up to 508.2 million at 1 January 2015 - Over 1 million more people living in the EU than in 2014 Read more

Researchers manage to detect eye diseases using a Smartphone

Researchers at the Medical and Surgical Center for Retina developed software that detects eye diseases such as diabetic macular edema using a... Read more

Seeing the world through assistive glasses

A new research project at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interactive Technology (CITEC) in Bielefeld University focuses on the development of a... Read more

New measurements reveal differences between stem cells for treating retinal degeneration

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists used new methods to show that 1 type of stem cell is superior to another for treating retinal... Read more

In blinding eye disease, trash-collecting cells go awry, accelerate damage

Spider-like cells inside the brain, spinal cord and eye hunt for invaders, capturing and then devouring them. Read more

Use of regulated animals in U.S. biomedical research falls to lowest levels on record

The number of federally regulated animals used in U.S. biomedical research dropped last year to its lowest level since data collection began in 1972,... Read more

Fine tuning in the brain

When newborn babies open their eyes for the first time, they already possess nerve cells specialized in particular stimuli in the visual cortex of... Read more

ERC: New Scientific Council members appointed

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Future of European Science

A debate about the state of scientific research in Europe, recorded in Brussels on the day when the European Research Council was celebrating its... Read more

Miniature pump regulates internal ocular pressure

Elevated or diminished eye pressure impairs our ability to see, and in the worst cases, can even lead to blindness. Read more

Trending science:

Study reveals dramatic differences in rates of ageing Read more

Data demonstrates long term effectiveness and safety of telescope implant for macular degeneration in patients 65 years and older

VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, Inc. a developer of advanced visual prosthetic devices for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration... Read more

Supporters defend threatened health research agency

Health advocacy groups are scrambling to save a U.S. research agency on the chopping block in Congress. Read more

ERC funds 45 excellent scientists to commercialise their research results

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A microtubule 'roadway' in the retina helps provide energy for vision

Researchers have discovered a thick band of microtubules in certain neurons in the retina that they believe acts as a transport road for mitochondria... Read more

NightstaRx and The University of Alberta announce the start of the first Canadian gene therapy study to treat Choroideremia

NightstaRx Ltd ("Nightstar"), the biopharmaceutical company specialising in bringing therapies for retinal dystrophies to patients, announces that the... Read more

The Young Researcher Vision Camp 2015

Cutting-edge science and party fits together Read more

Interested in EU funding?

Did you know that you have to comply with article 32? Read more

What's new in contact lenses?

Prescribing trends reflect new lens materials and designs Read more

Implementing ICT innovation vouchers to foster innovation and boost business development for SMEs

The Digital Single Market Strategy will provide businesses and entrepreneurs with new opportunities to scale up across Europe and grow global. As a... Read more

Researchers identify gene mutation that can cause key-hole shape defect in eye

A scientific collaboration, involving the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine (MCGM) at Saint Mary's Hospital, UK, and the Telethon Institute of... Read more

We need a measured approach to metrics

Quantitative indicators of research output can inform decisions but must be supported by robust analysis, argues James Wilsdon. Read more

The West and the Global Shift of Power

Transatlantic Relations and Global Governance Read more

Science, the final frontier.

To TEDx and beyond Read more

Treatment that slows AMD vision loss with one stem cell injection shows promise

In the journal Stem Cells, biomedical researchers from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, describe how a single injection of... Read more

Shape the future of Europe's research and innovation policy

Bringing together key players from the fields of research, business and innovation, the conference "Opening up to an era of innovation" will address... Read more

Researchers discover how the discomfort from dry eye disease originates

A group of researchers from the Instituto de Neurociencias, a mixed centre of the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH) and the Spanish National... Read more

Linking European and Chinese Research Infrastructures through the ORIENTplus project

For the last four years, the ORIENTplus project has been providing direct super-fast Internet connectivity between the research and education... Read more

Good eyes but poor vision: An indistinct world for 1 in 20

Extremely poor vision can be caused by strabismus in early childhood or by a displaced optical axis. Read more

Eyes sealed shut

Seamless closure of surgical incisions Read more

ERA - European Research Area - Opening up to an ERA of Innovation

The special focus article explores the profound and irreversible changes taking place in science and the policy response to these shifts. Read more

Electron microscopes close to imaging individual atoms

Today’s digital photos are far more vivid than just a few years ago, thanks to a steady stream of advances in optics, detectors, and software. Read more

A world without color

Researchers find gene mutation that strips color, reduces vision Read more

Quantum technology probes ultimate limits of vision

Researchers hope to show whether human eye can detect a single photon — and its superposition. Read more

Metformin use associated with reduced risk of developing open-angle glaucoma

Taking the medication metformin hydrochloride was associated with reduced risk of developing the sight-threatening disease open-angle glaucoma in... Read more

Spotlight on ERC projects

In June 2015, the ERC celebrates its 5000th grant to a leading researcher in Europe. Read more

Horizon 2020 kick-starts Bio-based industries in Europe with €50 million

The first ten projects of the new Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), a partnership between the EU and industry, will get underway with a... Read more

Analysis of fluid that bathes the human eye identifies 386 new proteins as biomarker candidates

Researchers conducting a comprehensive proteomics analysis of human aqueous humor samples identified 763 proteins - including 386 proteins detected... Read more

Deciphering dark and bright

The human sensory systems contend with enormous diversity in the natural world. But it has been known for a long time the brain is adapted to exploit... Read more

Australian science-agency staff announce strike

Scientists at Australia's premier science agency will begin a series of half-day strikes next week in protest over stalled pay negotiations. Read more

Genetic defect linked to visual impairment in dyslexics

A risk gene for dyslexia is associated with impairments in visual motion detection, according to a study published May 27 in The Journal of... Read more

COST Scientific Committee getting started

Appointed by the CSO in May this year, members of the newly founded COST Scientific Committee held their kick-off meeting in Brussels Read more

Study suggests new way of preventing diabetes-associated blindness

Reporting on their study with lab-grown human cells, researchers at The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland say that blocking a... Read more

New potential treatment for age-related macular degeneration offers hope to patients as phase III trials begin in Bristol, UK

Patients in Bristol suffering from geographic atrophy can now enroll in the phase III clinical program for lampalizumab, a drug being investigated for... Read more

Where the Wild Ideas Are?

A Chat with James E. Bruce Read more

Unnecessary preoperative testing still done on cataract patients

Although routine preoperative testing is not indicated for patients undergoing cataract surgery, researchers at UC San Francisco have found that it is... Read more

Common Pitfalls in Figure Preparation

We know that manuscripts evolve over many months or even years and that pulling together data from different experiments all supporting a key... Read more

Scientists develop new technique that reduces halo effect caused by lenses

In a recent study published in Optics Communications, scientists from Bar-Ilan University in Israel have presented a new technique that significantly... Read more

High-scoring grant applications yield more highly cited papers

Analysis contradicts previous work that showed little connection between grant-review scores and subsequent research outcomes. Read more

Exfoliation syndrome (XFS)

Discovered gene allows a peek into the future on eye disease Read more

Outcry over Greek plan to borrow cash from universities

Tensions also rise over planned reforms to governance of research institutions. Read more

Ophthalmologists uncover autoimmune process that causes rejection of secondary corneal transplants

UT Southwestern Medical Center ophthalmologists have identified an important cause of why secondary corneal transplants are rejected at triple the... Read more

Caring for blindness: A new protein in sight?

Vasoproliferative ocular diseases are responsible for sight loss in millions of people in industrialised countries. Read more

Rare mutation causes vitamin A deficiency and eye deformities

Researchers at the University of Michigan and UC Davis have solved a genetic mystery that has afflicted three unrelated families, and possibly others,... Read more

Collateral damage: How one misconduct case brought a biology institute to its knees

The fall out from the STAP case is still being felt across Japan. Read more

TSRI study: Nerve cells and blood vessels in eye 'talk' to prevent disease

A new study from scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) shows that nerve cells and blood vessels in the eye constantly "talk" to each... Read more

Head-mounted sensor helps blind rats navigate

A new study reveals how a head-mounted, compass-like device connected to the brains of blind rats allowed the animals to navigate a maze almost as... Read more

Embryo editing sparks epic debate

In wake of paper describing genetic modification of human embryos, scientists disagree about ethics. Read more

First Asia-Pacific vision-restoring "bionic eye" implant performed

Groundbreaking bionic retinal implant surgery has been performed in Honolulu by a team at the Eye Surgery Center of Hawaii. Read more

Treatment that slows AMD vision loss with one stem cell injection shows promise

There are currently no treatments that slow the progress of age-related macular degeneration - a major cause of vision loss in seniors resulting from... Read more

EU’s new technology institute and projects must clarify 2013 accounts, say MEPs

Auditing doubts prompted the European Parliament to postpone approving the spending of EU funds in 2013 by the Budapest-based European Institute for... Read more

How far away is a cure for blindness?

Losing one of your senses is a frightening prospect for most people, but for many people, it is an unfortunate reality. Read more

'Night vision eyedrops' improve vision up to 50 meters in dark

An independent research group called Science for the Masses have developed eyedrops that allow the user to identify symbols and people in darkened... Read more

Nightstar receives U.S. and European Orphan Drug Designation for gene therapy to treat Choroideremia

NightstaRx Ltd ("Nightstar"), the biopharmaceutical company specialising in bringing therapies for retinal dystrophies to patients, has received both... Read more

LSU Health New Orleans discovers retina protein that may help conquer blindness

Research led by Nicolas Bazan, MD, PhD, Boyd Professor and Director of the LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence, discovered a... Read more

Project financing:

Council agrees negotiating stance on European fund for strategic investments Read more

The brain works as a 'cyclops', ...

... compensating the optical differences between the eyes Read more

Innovation is about starts:

When ICT and ART connect Read more

Mystery of the reverse-wired eyeball solved

From a practical standpoint, the wiring of the human eye - a product of our evolutionary baggage - doesn't make a lot of sense. Read more

7th European Innovation Summit

The 7th European Innovation Summit (7th EIS) is Knowledge4Innovation's annual flagship event taking place in the European Parliment in Brussels. Read more

Parkinson's disease patients have reduced visual contrast acuity

Patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) often have difficulties with visual acuity in low-contrast images. Read more

Growth, solidarity and paying the bills are Parliament's 2016 budget priorities

Next year’s EU budget priorities should be to foster growth by supporting job-creation, firms and entrepreneurship; to show solidarity with countries... Read more

'Retainer' contact lenses

Evidence supports use of 'retainer' contact lenses for nearsightedness in children, reports Optometry and Vision Science Read more


The aim of the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) project was to map functional elements of the genome. Read more

UF Health research points to potential treatment for macular degeneration, uveitis

Inflammation is a major culprit in age-related macular degeneration and some other eye diseases. Read more

Horizon Prizes

Horizon Prizes are 'challenge' prizes (also known as 'inducement' prizes) offering a cash reward to whoever can most effectively meet a defined... Read more

Wisdom teeths

Wisdom teeth stem cells can transform into cells that could treat corneal scarring Read more

2014: The year in science

2014 was a roller coaster ride for scientists. Read more

'Bionic' eye allows man to see wife for first time in a decade

A blind man is now able to see objects and people again, including his wife and family, for the first time in a decade. How? With the help of a bionic... Read more

Johns Hopkins helps

Johns Hopkins helps lead discovery on efficacy and safety of 3 drugs for treating diabetic macular edema Read more

Light fantastic

From rainbows to the mechanics of the human eye, light has fascinated scientists for millennia. Read more

Green light for EYLEA

NICE gives EYLEA a provisional green light to treat patients with visual impairment due to diabetic macular oedema Read more

Best drug to improve poor vision in diabetes

A national study shows the drug Eylea is superior for improving the eyesight of persons with poor vision due to diabetic macular edema, a major cause... Read more

1st Technical Review Human Brain Project (HBP)

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Injectable, 'self-healing' hydrogel may offer simpler form of long-term drug delivery

A new study published in Nature Communications reveals how scientists have created an injectable hydrogel that can deliver drugs over specific time... Read more

Research Data Made Simple

Enabling European researchers and practitioners from any research discipline to preserve, find, access, and process data in a trusted environment. Read more

Ranibizumab reverses vision loss caused by diabetes

Ranibizumab, a prescription drug commonly used to treat age-related vision loss, also reverses vision loss caused by diabetes among Hispanic and... Read more

EU launches the third edition of the Women Innovators Prize

On the occasion of International Women's Day, the European Commission is launching today the third edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators to... Read more

Generic drug use shown to improve medication adherence in people with glaucoma

In the first study to examine the impact of a reduction in glaucoma medication copay on patient adherence, researchers in Michigan have found a... Read more

Telling stories

The UK Research Excellence Framework’s focus on impact is a useful reminder of all the ways that science can help society — both economically and by... Read more

Scientists map brains of the blind to solve mysteries of human brain specialization

New research suggests unexpected brain connectivity can lead to fast brain specialization, allowing humans to adapt to the rapid technological and... Read more

In retrospect: Book of Optics

Jim Al-Khalili revisits Ibn al-Haytham's hugely influential study on its millennium. Read more

People with sight loss can face at least 25% higher costs for everyday living, says new study

People with sight loss can face at least 25% higher costs for everyday living than those who are fully sighted, according to a new study1 released by... Read more

Human development and ageing

Europe's population growth is falling and its citizens are ageing. Read more

What are the health benefits of zinc?

Zinc is an important mineral required for countless reactions and functions in the body, including proper growth and immune function, DNA synthesis,... Read more

Towards Personalised Medicine

Today, many medicines do not work effectively for a large number of the patients they are supposed to treat. Read more

Researchers advance the science behind treating patients with corneal blindness

Researchers in the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute have devised a novel way to generate transplantable corneal stem... Read more

Glycomics on the fast track

Sugar-based biomolecules such as glycoproteins contribute to many cellular processes and interactions on which our health depends. Read more

Hygiene practices affect contact lens case contamination, reports Optometry and Vision Science

Contact lens wearers who don't follow certain hygiene habits have increased bacterial contamination of their contact lens cases, reports a study in... Read more

Leading the fight against neglected and emerging viruses

EU-funded researchers have developed a streamlined approach for identifying and testing antiviral compounds that promises to accelerate the search for... Read more

LSU Health New Orleans makes discovery key to preventing blindness and stroke devastation

Research led by Nicolas Bazan, MD, PhD, Boyd Professor, Ernest C. and Yvette C. Villere Chair of Retinal Degeneration Research, and Director of the... Read more


A new start for Europe: Opening up to an ERA of Innovation Read more

Questions emerge over top Chinese science prize

Award-winning computer-science project is under fire, rekindling criticism of China’s research system. Read more

EUA urges Juncker and MEPs not to u-turn on research

EUA’s campaign on the Investment Plan and the European Commission’s proposed cuts to Horizon 2020 entered a crucial second phase last week. Read more

New '2-in-1' test simplifies retina evaluations

New research in The FASEB Journal suggests that a newly developed test can measure how well both the blood vessels and the light-sensing cells... Read more

New pan-European pension fund to boost researcher mobility

Mobility of researchers in Europe received a boost today with the launch of a consortium that aims to establish a new pan-European pension... Read more

In mice & men:

Laser treatment reverses effects of early age-related macular degeneration Read more

Journal publishes 200-word papers

Researchers are buzzing about a publication that accepts only 'brief ideas'. Read more

Scientists create eyeglasses that become shaded 'on command'

The idea of transitional lenses - that can be clear or shaded depending on the intensity of surrounding light - is a useful one, but many users find... Read more

Mobilising European partnerships to create an innovative and competitive economy

Opened by the Latvian Minister for Education and Science, Mārīte Seile, the conference on "Smart Specialisation Strategy Read more

An end to the medicine dropper for eye injuries?

For years, treating scratches and burns to the eyes has usually involved dropping medicine onto the eyes several times a day, sometimes for weeks - a... Read more

Clinical-trial specialist could be next FDA chief

Cardiologist Robert Califf has championed making clinical research more efficient. Read more

FDA approves Lucentis for treatment of diabetic retinopathy in people with diabetic macular edema

Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Lucentis (ranibizumab injection) for... Read more

Council agrees on revised MFF for 2014-2020

A revision of the EU's multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2014-2020 was agreed by the Council's Permanent Representatives Committee on 13... Read more

New research says recent changes to guidelines affecting UK diabetes patients need to be reconsidered

New research published in the Journal of American Medical Association indicates that current EU guidelines on how and when to lower blood pressure for... Read more

Light fantastic

From rainbows to the mechanics of the human eye, light has fascinated scientists for millennia. Read more

Optic nerve may help predict stroke patient death risk

The diameter of the sheath that encases the optic nerve may help indicate which stroke patients are at highest risk of dying within six months. Read more

TSRI scientists find new cellular pathway defect in cystinosis

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have identified a new cellular pathway that is affected in cystinosis, a rare genetic disorder... Read more

Major cause of blindness linked to calcium deposits in the eye

Microscopic spheres of calcium phosphate have been linked to the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a major cause of blindness. Read more

New surgical tool minimises cross-contamination risk

Sometimes a simple cast is not enough to fix a broken bone. Surgery may instead be necessary to insert a nail into the bone and stabilise it. Read more

Stem cells from a patient's healthy eye could one day be used to repair a scarred cornea

Treating the potentially blinding haze of a scar on the cornea might be as straightforward as growing stem cells from a tiny biopsy of the patient's... Read more

Enzymatic activity essential for vision may provide target for drug transport

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have uncovered the mechanism that enables the enzyme Lecithin: retinol... Read more

Vast majority of ophthalmologists treating uveal melanoma use molecular testing to guide patient care

Castle Biosciences Inc. has announced the publication of study results that assess current clinical practices for uveal melanoma (UM) and demonstrate... Read more

Major contract to support new pan-EU pension fund

The European Commission has made a key step on the way to establishing a new pan-European pension arrangement, designed to boost research mobility in... Read more

Hybrid chemical/genetic therapy restores light sensitivity to retina in blind mice and dogs

A new genetic therapy not only helped blind mice regain enough light sensitivity to distinguish flashing from non-flashing lights, but also restored... Read more

EU backs 328 top early-career researchers with €485 million

The European Research Council (ERC) has selected 328 first class scientists to receive its prestigious Starting Grants, worth up to €2 million each. Read more

Artificial retina steps closer with groundbreaking wireless material

A proof-of-concept study published in the journal Nano Letters, reports how a groundbreaking new material can activate brain neurons in response to... Read more

Council addresses entrepreneurship in education and training

Ministers adopted conclusions on entrepreneurship in education and training. Read more

$3M funding takes Monash Bionic Vision closer

The Monash Vision Group (MVG) moves a step closer to clinical trials of its Bionic Eye, thanks to landmark donations from two respected business... Read more

A New Start

European Commission work plan to deliver jobs, growth and investment Read more

Age-related long-sightedness may be due to glassy protein solution

Long-sightedness caused by age could be due to proteins in the lens of the eye that are converted from a fluid solution to a solid, glassy state. This... Read more

Enlargement process crucial to the EU

The General Affairs Council meeting adopted conclusions on the EU enlargement process and on the role of the Council in safeguarding rule of law. It... Read more

Changes in lipid layer of tear film can cause contact lens discomfort

Changes in the lipid layer of the eyes' natural tear film may contribute to the common problem of contact lens discomfort, reports a study in the... Read more

ERC speakers take TEDx Brussels by storm!

Five ERC-funded researchers took to the stage at TEDx Brussels, inspiring the 2000-strong crowd with their fascinating research projects. Read more

GEDi proves more sensitive than exome sequencing in diagnosing inherited eye disease

Investigators at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology and colleagues reported the development and... Read more

New COST Open Call now published

You will be able to submit your COST Action proposal as of February 2015. The next Collection Date is 24 March 2015. Read more

The top 100 papers

Nature explores the most-cited research of all time. Read more

HIV drug may also treat macular degeneration

A landmark study shows that a class of drugs that has been used to treat HIV/AIDS for 30 years could be re-purposed as a treatment for age-related... Read more

Council discusses new rules for medical devices

Health ministers discussed draft legislation that seeks to improve the safety and innovation in medical and in vitro diagnostic devices in the EU. Read more

US budget deal gives small increases to research

Overall, the bill would increase spending on research and development by 1.7% above the 2014 level — in lockstep with the rate of inflation. Read more

Macular degeneration may respond to new laser therapy

A new type of laser treatment has the potential to slow progression of age-related macular degeneration - a major cause of vision loss - without... Read more

Study points to press releases as sources of hype

Scientists, press officers and journalists online are pointing fingers in light of a paper that traces the origins of exaggerated claims in health... Read more

Putin’s Russia divides and enrages scientists

Are geopolitical tensions destroying important links with the West, or can Russian research go it alone? Read more

Combating major cause of preventable blindness in Africa with new rapid test

Faster, easy-to-use test is the first in a suite of tools to help stamp out neglected tropical diseases in the world's most vulnerable communities Read more

Economic Impact of preventable Blindness in Europe

See the analytical tool for Blindness and Vision Impairment. Read more

New gene linked to blindness and Parkinson's diseases

The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a tissue, which lines the back of the eye. Aging, environmental insults and genetic predispositions contribute... Read more

Lobbying sways NIH grants

Pressure on lawmakers from patient-advocacy groups has shaped agency spending on rare-disease research. Read more

Progression of age-related macular degeneration in 1 eye then other eye

Having age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in one eye was associated with an increased incidence of AMD and accelerated progression of the... Read more

Digital skills challenge

Horizon Report urges schools to tackle 'wicked' digital skills challenge Read more

Blind cave fish may provide insight on eye disease and other human health issues

Blind cave fish may not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to understanding human sight, but recent research indicates they may have... Read more

Gut–brain link grabs neuroscientists

Idea that intestinal bacteria affect mental health gains ground. Read more

User-friendly electronic 'EyeCane' enhances navigational abilities for the blind

White Canes provide low-tech assistance to the visually impaired, but some blind people object to their use because they are cumbersome, fail to... Read more

European Commission and data industry launch €2.5 billion partnership to master big data

The European Commission and Europe's data industry have committed to invest €2.5 billion in a public-private partnership (PPP) that aims to strengthen... Read more

iPhones for eye health

Capturing ocular images in difficult-to-photograph patients Read more

Ministers promise basket of gifts for German science

Politicians renew commitment to research and education progammes with €25 billion over six years. Read more

Research reveals likelihood, onset of MS diagnosis among patients with inflammatory eye disease

The results of the largest retrospective study of multiple sclerosis (MS) in uveitis patients has revealed that nearly 60 percent of patients with... Read more

On the road towards a regional anaesthesia virtual reality platform for medical doctors

More than 30 European experts meet to draw a strategy for the coming years. Read more

Corneal inlays may remove need for reading glasses

Implantable eye devices called corneal inlays are designed to correct presbyopia - the age-related loss of near vision that affects over a billion... Read more

EU must focus on getting better results from its spending

In its annual report on the EU budget published today, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) warns that the budget system is too focused on just... Read more

Discovery of a new mechanism that can lead to blindness

An important scientific breakthrough by a team of IRCM researchers led by Michel Cayouette, PhD, is being published by The Journal of Neuroscience. Read more

Towards a work programme for a new start for Europe

The Juncker Commission is committed to restoring citizens' confidence by demonstrating that the EU can deliver for them on the big challenges facing... Read more

How safe are human embryonic stem cell transplants?

Evidence of the medium- to long-term safety of transplanting human embryonic stem cells has been published for the first time, in a report in The... Read more

China predicted to outspend the US on science by 2020

Overview of world R&D spending shows China rising and other countries narrowing the gap with major powers. Read more

World watches as grandfather from Malawi has his sight restored live online

The six minute cataract operation will mean 69-year-old Winesi March could see his baby grandson for the first time when his bandages are removed on... Read more

The top 100 papers

Nature explores the most-cited research of all time. Read more

123 million lost

Over 123 million lost workdays per year caused by blindness or eye diseases according to new pan-European health economic study Read more

Tear duct implant effective at reducing pain and inflammation in cataract surgery patients

The first tear duct implant developed to treat inflammation and pain following cataract surgery has been shown to be a reliable alternative to... Read more

Interim Evaluation of the Seventh Framework Programme

Report of the Expert Group Read more

Corneal inlays may remove need for reading glasses

Implantable eye devices called corneal inlays are designed to correct presbyopia - the age-related loss of near vision that affects over a billion... Read more

Discovery of a new mechanism that can lead to blindness

An important scientific breakthrough by a team of IRCM researchers led by Michel Cayouette, PhD, is being published today by The Journal of... Read more

DG RTD Annual Report on Programme Evaluation Activities 2013

The third Annual Report on Programme Evaluation Activities in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) is developed as part of a... Read more

Over 123 million lost workdays

Over 123 million lost workdays per year caused by blindness or eye diseases according to new pan-European health economic study Read more

Researchers receive $1.25 million from Defense Department to make whole-eye transplantation a reality

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers have been awarded $1.25 million from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to fund two projects... Read more

New European Commission approved by European Parliament

A new college of European Commissioners presided by Jean-Claude Juncker, was approved by the European Parliament on 22 October, with 423 votes in... Read more

Trending science: Paralysed man walks again after stem cell transplant

In a world first, a man paralysed due to a spinal cord injury is able to walk again, thanks to stem cell surgery. Read more

Discovery of special stem cells in the eye could lead to better treatments for blindness

Scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered that a region on the front surface of the eye harbours special stem cells that could treat... Read more

Cochrane Review reports side-effects

Cheaper alternative to licensed drug for treating eye disease has similar side-effects says new Cochrane Review Read more

ITRE Committee's opinion on Council's proposal for EU budget

The ITRE Committee adopted the draft opinion by MEP Jerzy Buzek (EPP,PL), Chair of the ITRE Committee, on the Council’s budget proposal for 2015. Read more

Scientists are developing eye drops to treat molecular basis of glaucoma

Northwestern Medicine® scientists have discovered a novel cause of glaucoma in an animal model, and related to their findings, are now developing an... Read more

UK eye health companies form Industry Vision Group to improve prioritisation of eye health

A number of companies have joined together to form the Industry Vision Group (IVG), which brings together pharmaceutical and medical technology... Read more

Commission seeks views on how to make EU a better place for SMEs

The European Commission opened today a consultation on the needs of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe. Read more

A spontaneous retinal neovascular mouse model

Neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which involves formation of abnormal blood... Read more

Art and Science of the Moiré

I’m a bit obsessed with Scientific American covers, but my knowledge of the archive during the years before my time on staff is broad rather than... Read more

Detecting diabetic retinopathy before vision fails

New research in The FASEB Journal suggests that by using molecular imaging probes that target the surface of small blood vessels,... Read more

In Defense of Science

Steady, sufficient investments in basic research are necessary to ensure the continued success of the U.S. in the future, four expert witnesses,... Read more

Around 1 in 10 UK women has dry eye disease, requiring artificial tears

Around one in 10 women in the UK has dry eye disease, requiring artificial tears or gel to lubricate the eyes and protect them from damage, reveals... Read more

Identification of process producing neuronal diversity in fruit flies' visual system

New York University biologists have identified a mechanism that helps explain how the diversity of neurons that make up the visual system is... Read more

Guide to Intellectual Property Rights in Horizon 2020

Aiming to guide project applicants and participants through the requirements of the European Commission related to intellectual property rights in... Read more

Six genetic variants linked to glaucoma risk

The identification of genetic variants associated with risk of developing glaucoma is reported in three independent studies published online this week... Read more

Simple test could detect most common cause of visual impairment in the UK

A simple colour test that could detect the early onset of a condition which accounts for over half of visual impairment certifications in the UK is... Read more

Tackling global challenges: EU-Canada research cooperation

European Commission Máire Geoghegan-Quinn European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Speech at the Canada Public Policy Forum Ottawa Read more

Implants to pair with a smartphone

A tiny eye implant could pair with a smartphone to improve the way doctors measure and lower a patient's eye pressure Read more

Debate on the Horizon 2020 structural shortage of payment

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Máire GEOGHEGAN-QUINN European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Speech - European... Read more

New details emerge on retracted STAP papers

New leaked e-mails showing the comments of referees for Science and Nature provide more insight into the saga of the STAP papers, which Nature... Read more

Increased macular pigment may improve outdoor vision

Individuals with greater amounts of yellow pigment in the eye may be better able to see distant objects in hazy conditions, suggests a study in the... Read more

Charities chief: 'Pharma blockbusters are gone'

Incoming chief executive of the Association of Medical Research Charities lays out what the country needs. Read more

DNA test for congenital cataracts

DNA test for congenital cataracts leads to faster, more accurate diagnoses of rare diseases linked to childhood blindness Read more

Searching in the age of multimedia infobesity

When human and social intelligence works hand in hand with computational power Read more

European Researchers' Night 2014 - 26 September 2014, All across Europe!

European Researchers' Nights are events dedicated to popular science and fun learning. Read more

How research can help pluralism across Europe

Europe has always been a blend of cultures and communities, with a regular churn of people across the continent. Read more

Medical research: Missing patients

Effective clinical studies must consider all ethnicities — exclusion can endanger populations Read more

Best course of treatment for endophthalmitis identified

The most common cause of endophthalmitis, a potentially blinding condition that can occur after eye trauma, eye surgery, and eye injections, are the... Read more

Vision loss adversely affects daily function which can increase risk for death

Vision loss can adversely affect the ability of older adults to perform instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), such as using the telephone,... Read more

Cholecystokinin octapeptide antagonizes apoptosis in retinal pigment epithelial cells

Oxidative stress may cause retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cell apoptosis. Read more

ERA - European Research Area - ERA Progress Report 2014 published

The conditions for the completion of the European Research Area, as requested by the European Council are now in place. The ERA Progress report 2014... Read more

New diagnostic test for ADHD tracks involuntary eye movements

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed - and misdiagnosed - behavioral disorder in children in America,... Read more

Japanese woman is first recipient of next-generation stem cells

Surgeons implanted retinal tissue created after reverting the patient's own cells to 'pluripotent' state. Read more

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn: "Science 2.0: Europe can lead the next scientific transformation"

Keynote Speech at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) in June 2014 Read more

FDA approval for Ozurdex® treatment option

Allergan receives FDA approval for Ozurdex® treatment option for use in certain patients with diabetic macular edema Read more

Can publication records predict future PIs?

The odds of a scientist becoming an academic principal investigator (PI) can be predicted with publication data, according to Lucas Carey from Spain’s... Read more

Human corneas regrown to restore vision

A team of scientists from several Harvard-affiliated centers in Boston, MA, has grown human corneal tissue in mice using adult-derived human stem... Read more

EU, Israel sign Horizon 2020 association agreement

The former European Commission's President José Manuel Barroso and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu witnessed the signature of Israel's... Read more

Light’s Dark Side

Exposure to even a low level of light at night makes implanted human breast cancer tumors grow faster in rats and makes the cancer cells impervious to... Read more

Regeneration of retinal ganglion cell axons and gene therapy

Because the adult mammalian central nervous system has only limited intrinsic capacity to regenerate connections after injury, due to factors both... Read more

Turkey joins Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme

Turkey will get full access to the European Union's new seven year research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, under an agreement signed today in... Read more

Rehab for age-related loss of vision cuts depression risk in half

There is an associated risk of depression in people who experience loss of vision due to conditions such as age-related macular degeneration. Read more

A Role for Community Science Clubs

Science teachers typically have no extra time for adding new curriculum, little time for their own professional development, and no discretionary... Read more

Personalized Gene Therapy

Vision loss patients benefit from personalized gene therapy using patient-specific stem cells Read more

State aid:

Commission adopts new rules facilitating public support for research, development and innovation Read more

Inhibition of NgR expression

Apoptotic retinal ganglion cells reduced in diabetes by Inhibition of NgR expression Read more

FDA debates trial-data secrecy

Despite a trend towards increased transparency in clinical-trial data, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking whether there are times... Read more

New compound to treat blindness and diabetes found

Animal study of cellular stress in degenerative illnesses finds new compound to treat blindness and diabetes Read more

Iceland and Norway sign up to join Horizon 2020

Iceland and Norway on Friday became the first non-EU countries to associate to Horizon 2020, the seven-year EU research and innovation programme... Read more

Could eye and smell tests offer early Alzheimer's diagnosis?

In the US, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease every 67 seconds. Read more

Transparency promised for vilified impact factor

The most misused metric in science is getting a makeover - though many researchers would like it to disappear altogether. Read more

Immune response damaging in acute glaucom

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Sun Yat-sen University in China have shown that acute glaucoma in mice... Read more

155 small firms to receive funding in first wave of grants under EU SME Instrument

The European Commission announced the first results of its new €3 billion SME Instrument, launched under Horizon 2020 to help innovative small firms... Read more

New treatments on the horizon to treat inherited retinal diseases

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Horizon Scanning Centre (HSC), working with Fight for Sight, has identified 40 potential new... Read more

Fast Track to Innovation and five innovation prizes

The European Commission announces €100 million Fast Track to Innovation and five innovation prizes Read more

High-precision software for diagnosing eye sensitivity developed

Researchers at the University of Alicante have developed high-precision software for diagnosing eye sensitivity. Read more

Have your say on the future of science:

Public consultation on Science 2.0 Read more

The secret lymphatic identity of the Schlemm's canal

A major risk factor for glaucoma is elevated eye pressure due to poor drainage of aqueous humor, the fluid that provides nutrients to the eye. Read more

Western Balkans countries, Moldova sign up to Horizon 2020

Five Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia), and the Republic of... Read more

Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy detectable by wearable device

Common diabetes-related condition diabetic autonomic neuropathy may be detected by wearable device Read more

Romanian researchers stay home to take part in EU programmes

EU-funded research projects in Romania are helping the country retain talent. Read more

Omega-3 Inhibits Blood Vessel Growth

Omega-3 Inhibits Blood Vessel Growth in a Model of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Vivo Read more


3D recreation of live events from mobile videos Read more

EU and EIB Group join forces to support up to €48 billion in R&I investment

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank Group (EIB and EIF) have today launched a new generation of EU financial instruments and... Read more

Glaucoma, eye pressure monitoring via implanted sensor

Monitoring of pressure inside the eye is key to early detection of glaucoma, a group of conditions that damage the optic nerve, and a leading cause of... Read more

EU Research on the World Stage

By working in collaboration with partners from around the world, European ICT researchers are addressing global problems in medicine, agriculture,... Read more

Turkey joins Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme

Turkey will get full access to the European Union's new seven year research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, under an agreement signed today in... Read more

'Optical Engineering' features 'exquisitely engineered' human vision

A new special section on Human Vision in the current issue of Optical Engineering showcases optics and optical engineering research into new... Read more

Irish university labs face external audits

Funding agency aims to affirm best practice with independent checks on research methods. Read more

Night vision adversely affected by alcohol

Ethanol in the tear-film is one of the causes: it covers the surface of the eye, disturbs the outer layer and favours evaporation of the aqueous... Read more

New Journal of Medical Imaging highlights improvements in imaging of retina, brain, breast,…

The Journal of Medical Imaging (JMI) has launched, with freely accessible articles on new research on earlier and more accurate diagnosis and... Read more

EU, Israel sign Horizon 2020 association agreement

European Commission’s President José Manuel Barroso and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today witnessed the signature of Israel's... Read more

Study could help improve retinal prosthetic devices

In laboratory tests, researchers have used electrical stimulation of retinal cells to produce the same patterns of activity that occur when the retina... Read more

Top scientists to decide who governs the European Research Council

European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has appointed seven high-level scientists to identify the future... Read more

Jigsaw effect in glaucoma patients proves it is a brain disease

Findings from a new study published in Translational Vision Science & Technology (TVST) show the brain, not the eye, controls the cellular process... Read more

'Smart glasses' for the near-blind start trials in public spaces

"Smart glasses," which help people with poor vision boost their awareness of what is around them, are being tested in public for the first time. Read more

Scientific publishing: The inside track

Members of the US National Academy of Sciences have long enjoyed a privileged path to publication in the body's prominent house journal. Read more

Improve public understanding of cataracts

The American Academy of Ophthalmology offers guidance to help improve public understanding of cataracts Read more

EyeTechCare appoints Dietrich Wolf as chief executive officer

EyeTechCare SA, which develops non-invasive therapeutic medical devices for the ophthalmology market, today announces that it has appointed Dr... Read more

Science building bridges

President Barroso's speech at the Euroscience Open Forum Read more

Light-sensitive retina created with human stem cells

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, have created a miniature human retina in a dish from human stem... Read more

2 JAMA Ophthalmology studies focus on glaucoma medication adherence

Electronic monitoring to measure medication adherence by patients with glaucoma documented that a sizable number of patients did not regularly use the... Read more

Vision involves a bit of hearing, too

Researchers could tell what sounds blindfolded volunters were hearing by analyzing activity in their visual cortexes. Read more

New neural pathway identified in eyes that aids in vision

A type of retina cell plays a more critical role in vision than previously known, a team led by Johns Hopkins University researchers has discovered. Read more

Computer model predicts academic success

The mantra 'publish or perish' is drilled into every early-career scientist — and for good reason, a computer model suggests. Read more

Pain management in labor and imaging for diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma

The march of modern medicine is often driven by revolutions in medical imaging. Read more

Bees build mental maps to get home

Bees, like birds and butterflies, use the Sun as a compass for navigation, whereas mammals typically find their way by remembering familiar landmarks... Read more

Mathematical model may lead to cure for dry eye

A treatment for dry eye - a burning, gritty condition that can impair vision and damage the cornea - could some day result from computer simulations... Read more

Public opinion key to harnessing synthetic biology

Synthetic biology, heralded by some as the next biotechnology revolution, could be seriously undermined if the public is not informed about its... Read more

Last remaining support for controversial stem-cell papers collapses

The retraction of two controversial papers which promised a simple way to create embryonic-like stem cells appears imminent today after the lead... Read more

Association between some high blood pressure drugs and increased risk of vision-threatening disease

There may be a connection between taking vasodilators and developing early-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision... Read more

Federal boost for German science

Germany’s highly federalized political system has been a pillar of democracy for more than half a century. Read more

Two gene mutations cause melanoma of the eye

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a therapeutic target for treating the most common form of... Read more

Generic version of drug to treat blindness could save medicare billions

If all eye doctors prescribed the less expensive of two drugs to treat two common eye diseases of older adults, taxpayer-funded Medicare plans could... Read more

Drugs breakthrough could end misery of painful eye injections

Scientists at University College London have found a way to deliver drugs to the back of the eye in simple eye drops. Read more

Controlling brain waves to improve vision

Have you ever accidently missed a red light or a stop sign? Read more

Early-warning signs of diabetes-related eye damage detected by new technique

Indiana University researchers have detected new early-warning signs of the potential loss of sight associated with diabetes. Read more

When normal eye development stalls in the nerves

Imagine you cannot move your eyes up, and you cannot lift your upper eyelid. Read more

Do all roads lead to Oct4?

The emerging concepts of induced pluripotency Read more

Color blindness among preschoolers dominated by Caucasian boys

Caucasian male children have the highest prevalence among four major ethnicities, with 1 in 20 testing color blind, according to the first major study... Read more

Agency for change

Japan’s proposed reforms to science monitoring are welcome but long overdue. Read more

UK proposes greater transparency on animal research

Government seeks to ditch rule preventing release of laboratory information. Read more

Explaining additional genetic variation in complex traits

by Matthew R. Robinson, Naomi R. Wray and Peter M. Visscher; Trends in Genetics, Volume 30, Issue 4, p124–132, April 2014 Read more

Wiring of retina reveals how eyes sense motion

Online gamers helped researchers map neuron connections involved in detecting direction of moving objects. Read more

New 'Horizon 2020 In Brief' booklet available

The EC has published a new 'Horizon 2020 In Brief' booklet, which provides a short overview of the EU's new research and innovation programme. Read more

Human Brain project announces new beneficiaries

Last month, the Human Brain Project announced the beneficiaries of its recent €8.3 million competitive Call for new partners. Read more

Movement kicks visual system into higher gear

Whether you're a Major League outfielder chasing down a hard-hit ball or a lesser mortal navigating a busy city sidewalk, it pays to keep a close... Read more

New EU Health Programme adopted

The new EU Health Programme has been formally adopted, with a budget of around €450 million from 2014 until 2020. Read more

Variations in eye structure and function may reveal features of early-stage Alzheimer's disease

Investigators at the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute have discovered eye abnormalities that may help reveal features of early-stage... Read more

New deadline calendar for Horizon 2020 calls

The EC has published an ‘iCalendar’ providing up-to-date information on Horizon 2020 call deadlines in 2014 - 2015, which is compatible with most... Read more

Discovery offers hope for new treatments for retinal blindness

A new report published online in The FASEB Journal may lead the way toward new treatments or a cure for a common cause of blindness (proliferative... Read more

EC announces winners of EU Prize for Women Innovators

The EC recently announced the winners of the 2014 EU Prize for Women Innovators. Read more

Pterygium, common eye condition, treated non-surgically

A new report reveals a potential breakthrough in the treatment of a common eye ailment known as pterygium (Surfer's eye) that impacts the vision, eye... Read more

2014 European Innovation Scoreboard published

The 2014 edition of the EC's Innovation Union Scoreboard has been published. Read more

Sports-related eye injuries blind thousands of people each year

As millions take to the playing field this spring, the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons warns the public that thousands of... Read more

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships call open

The call for the 2014 Individual Fellowships, under the Marie Skłowdowska-Curie Actions, has been published by the EC. Read more

Studying glucocorticoid-induced glaucoma in murine model

Patients with inflammatory diseases, including allergy, asthma, and autoimmune disorders are often prescribed glucocorticoids; however, a subset of... Read more

Scientists have discovered a potentially novel form of therapy for Age-Related Macular Degeneration that uses a component of our immune system

Scientists at Trinity College Dublin have made a major breakthrough with important implications for sufferers of the eye disease Age-Related Macular... Read more

Is glaucoma, in fact, diabetes of the brain?

Researchers at All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research India have proposed a new mechanism of glaucoma... Read more

Further guidance on 2014 ERC calls published

The European Research Council has published the names of peer reviewers who will be chairing the evaluation panels for the 2014 ERC Starting and... Read more

Low-cost devices developed to turn smartphones into 'eye-phones'

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have developed two inexpensive adapters that enable a smartphone to capture high-quality... Read more

Green light for new EU rules on clinical trials

New draft EU legislation for clinical trials has been agreed by Health Ministers from EU countries and the European Parliament’s Public Health... Read more

Link discovered between sharp vision and the brain's processing speed

Middle-aged adults who suddenly need reading glasses, patients with traumatic brain injuries, and people with visual disorders such as "lazy eye" may... Read more

The new dilemma of online peer review: too many places to post?

As online comments on newly published research become widespread, a new dilemma faces scientists wanting to enter the electronic fray: where to... Read more

New innovation could mean eye injections are a thing of the past

Drugs used to treat blindness-causing disorders could be successfully administered by eye drops rather than unpleasant and expensive eye injections,... Read more

New version of IPR Helpdesk launched for Horizon 2020

A new version of the European Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) helpdesk has recently been launched. Read more

Motion-sensing cells in the eye let the brain 'know' about directional changes

How do we "know" from the movements of speeding car in our field of view if it's coming straight toward us or more likely to move to the right or... Read more

Incoming NSF director faces challenges in Congress

Former Purdue University president France Córdova inherits an agency at a crossroads. Read more

Acanthamoeba keratitis

A rare infectious eye disease is targeted by a new drug treatment under development by a European consortium Read more

EC launches 2014 European Research Area Survey

The EC has launched the 2014 edition of the European Research Area (ERA) Survey on how to implement a 'single market' within the EU for researchers,... Read more

Color vision abnormalities found in 40 percent of older adults

Abnormal color vision increases significantly with aging - affecting one-half or more of people in the oldest age groups, reports a study in Optometry... Read more

Stem-cell method faces fresh questions

Papers describing acid-bath technique under more scrutiny after institute’s investigation finds errors in methodology. Read more

Potential to restore light sensitivity in blindness

Progressive degeneration of photoreceptors - the rods and cones of the eyes - causes blinding diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa and age-related... Read more

Results of first European Research Area Chairs call announced

The results from the first European Research Area Chairs pilot call have been announced by the EC, for which some 11 projects have been selected for... Read more

Exercise may slow diseases that cause blindness

A new study suggests aerobic exercise may slow the progression of diseases that destroy the retina and eventually cause blindness. Read more

Brain-mapping projects to join forces

US and European research programmes will begin coordinating research. Read more

New eye layer has possible link to glaucoma

A new layer in the human cornea - discovered by researchers at The University of Nottingham last year - plays a vital role in the structure of the... Read more

Participation of Switzerland in Horizon 2020

Following a recent referendum in Switzerland, the effects of which effectively restrict the free movement of some EU citizens to the Alpine country,... Read more

Enabling the blind to 'see' colors and shapes with EyeMusic Sensory Substitution Device

Using auditory or tactile stimulation, Sensory Substitution Devices (SSDs) provide representations of visual information and can help the blind "see"... Read more

Crystallography turns 100

Since modern crystallography dawned with X-ray diffraction experiments on crystals by Max von Laue in 1912 and William and Lawrence Bragg (a... Read more

Stem cells cultivated without using human or animal cells

Previously, stem cells have been cultivated using animal proteins or by growing them from other human cells. Read more

Council and Parliament reach agreement on new Clinical Trials Regulation

The European Parliament is set to adopt the compromise document of the Clinical Trials Regulation at a forthcoming plenary session on 2 April 2014. Read more

FDA approves Hetlioz:

First treatment for non-24 hour sleep-wake disorder in blind individuals Read more

COST invites proposals for research networks

Stimulating new, innovative, interdisciplinary and broad research networks, COST invites action proposals contributing to the scientific,... Read more

New genetic forms of neurodegeneration discovered

In a study published in the journal Science, an international team led by scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine... Read more

WHO to act on cytomegalovirus retinitis

On Nov 11, 2013, The Lancet Global Health published an analysis of the causes of vision loss 1990—2010.1 Read more

UK politicians demand action over dearth of female scientists

An influential group of UK politicians has demanded that more be done to increase the number of women in scientific careers. Read more

Postmenopausal hormones containing estrogen may reduce glaucoma risk

Using postmenopausal hormones (PMH) containing estrogen may reduce a woman's risk for primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), a common form of the disease... Read more

Results of 2013 ERC Consolidator Grants call

The European Research Council has published the results of the 2013 Consolidator Grants (CoG) call. Of 3673 applications received 312 proposals have... Read more

Research has important implications for potential treatments of congenital cataracts

Deprivation of vision during critical periods of childhood development has long been thought to result in irreversible vision loss. Read more

New members of ERC Scientific Council appointed

Three new members of the European Research Council (ERC) Scientific Council have been appointed. Read more

Potential drug targets found for early onset glaucoma

Using a novel high-throughput screening process, scientists have for the first time identified molecules with the potential to block the accumulation... Read more

China becomes world’s third-largest producer of research articles

Chinese science is on the rise: the country is now the third-largest producer of research articles, with its output surging during the last decade,... Read more

New techniques for detecting diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes, occurring when high blood sugar levels damage the cells in the retina at the back of the... Read more

2013 Visualization Challenge

Science and the National Science Foundation present the winners of the 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. Read more

Risk of blindness from glaucoma drops by half

A comparative long-range study by Mayo Clinic ophthalmology researchers shows that the probability of blindness from glaucoma 20 years after diagnosis... Read more

Research reveals that three forms of blindness involve the same cell death pathway

Gene therapies developed by University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine researchers have worked to correct different forms of blindness. Read more

U.K. researchers ask the public to share medical data

U.K. medical research charities today urged residents to allow scientists to access patient data from the country’s National Health Service (NHS). Read more

Success in mouse model of aniridia is first instance of drug reversing a congenital deformity

University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health scientists have developed a potential cure for a rare eye disease, showing for the first... Read more

Talking Science

Created by the British Council, the Talking Science website provides up-to-date information and links to the latest ideas in science communication in... Read more

New hand-held optical device to catch early signs of retinal disease

A new optical device puts the power to detect eye disease in the palm of a hand. Read more

China tops Europe in R&D intensity

Reforms to commercial and academic research systems still needed despite reaching spending milestone, say scientists. Read more

Further steps taken towards European Unitary Patent

Ministers from EU countries have reached an agreement on an EC proposal to update EU rules on the jurisdiction of courts and recognition of... Read more

New technique could boost corneal transplant acceptance rates

New research from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas has detailed a new technique that may be able to boost patients'... Read more

ELIXIR life sciences research infrastructure launched

Last month, leaders of research authorities from across Europe marked the ratification of the European Life Sciences Infrastructure for Biological... Read more

Insight into likelihood of retinal detachment following open globe injury

Ocular trauma causing open globe injury, or a breach in the wall of the eye, remains an important cause of vision loss, with more than 200,000 open... Read more

Open access guidelines for Horizon 2020 published

The EC has published guideline documents on open access and data management under Horizon 2020. Read more

Aflibercept in macular oedema: added benefit not proven

Neither the new drug nor the comparator therapy was used in accordance with their approvals in the studies. Read more

New ERC President appointed

The European Research Council (ERC) has announced its new President from 1 January 2014. Read more

Pilot study for intraocular pressure sensor completed

Pilot study for the first implantable, permanent intraocular pressure sensor for glaucoma patients successfully completed Read more

Research and innovation priorities of the Greek EU Presidency

Greece took on the EU Presidency on 1 January 2014 for the next six months. Read more

FDA approves first gel for sealing corneal incision after cataract surgery

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first gel sealant for use in stopping fluid from leaking through the incision in a patient's... Read more

Leaked files slam stem-cell therapy

Disclosures and resignations reveal scientific concerns over methods of Italy’s Stamina Foundation. Read more

Horizon 2020 launches with first set of calls

The first calls for the EC’s new research and innovation funding programme for 2014-2020, Horizon 2020, were published in December 2013 on a new... Read more

Stem cell replacement for frequent age-related blindness

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most frequent cause of blindness. Read more

For the first time cells from the eye are inkjet printed

A group of researchers from the UK have used inkjet printing technology to successfully print cells taken from the eye for the very first time. Read more

European Parliament votes in favour of Erasmus+

With an overwhelming vote in favour, the European Parliament has recently approved the new €14.7 billion multiannual Erasmus+ programme for education,... Read more

What to expect in 2014

Nature takes a look at what is in store for science in the new year. Read more

Results of EC survey on science and research in society published

The EC has published the results of a survey designed to capture European citizens' general attitudes towards science and technology. Read more

Call for Horizon 2020 evaluators

The EC has launched a call for expressions of interest to be an evaluator for proposals submitted to Horizon 2020 programmes. Read more

Horizon 2020: calls launched on 11 December

In advance of their official publication this week on 11 December 2013, the EC has recently published draft versions of the Horizon 2020 Work... Read more

EU budget and new research & education programmes for 2014 to 2020 approved

The European Parliament and Council of the EU have formally approved the overall EU budget, known as the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), for... Read more

The new EyeOP1 device in France

EyeTechCare doubles the number of health care facilities in France with the EyeOP1 device Read more

Chemists map molecular process of cataracts

A team of chemists from the US and Germany has mapped a molecular mechanism that underpins the formation of cataracts - the world's leading cause of... Read more

Over scientists' objections, Japan adopts state secrets law

Japanese scientists and academics are warning that legislation threatening prison terms for those who divulge and publish what the government deems a... Read more

Retinal detachment and antibiotics

Study finds no increased risk of retinal detachment with use of certain antibiotics Read more

Taking Shape

The causes of a cell’s three-dimensional structure remain a fundamental mystery of cell biology. Read more

New approach for corneal stem cell treatments

Published study offers insight into procedure that may accelerate research and clinical applications for stem cell-related corneal blindness Read more

Overhaul recommended for gene-therapy review

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) should refocus its oversight of gene-transfer research, the US Institute of Medicine (IOM) says in a report... Read more

Drug-eluting contact lens delivers glaucoma medication continuously for a month

For nearly half a century, contact lenses have been proposed as a means of ocular drug delivery that may someday replace eye drops, but achieving... Read more

Peter Higgs: I wouldn't be productive enough for today's academic system

Physicist doubts work like Higgs boson identification achievable now as academics are expected to 'keep churning out papers' Read more

Boosting bionic eyes with a gentle touch

Australian researchers from Monash University Gippsland say that combining sensory information may help improve the sight of people receiving visual... Read more

Commissioner encourages participation in Erasmus+ learning mobility

At the London Language Show held in mid-October, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou,... Read more

Special issue of Optometry and Vision Science highlights research advances in myopia

New research on myopia - how it develops, risk and protective factors, and potentially effective measures for prevention and treatment are reported... Read more

EU contest rewards young scientists

The 25th annual EU Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) took place in Prague on 24 September 2013. Read more

Project in India could save the eyesight of thousands

Scientists from the University of Sheffield have partnered with a team in India for a project which could save the eyesight of thousands of people... Read more

Renewed EDCTP programme to continue under Horizon 2020

The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) programme is set to enter into its second phase Read more

Identification of critical gene in retinal development and motion sensing

Our vision depends on exquisitely organized layers of cells within the eye's retina, each with a distinct role in perception. Read more

Further indications of ERC call deadlines in 2014

The European Research Council (ERC) has published a statement with more detailed indicative deadline dates for the ERC calls in 2014, which will be... Read more

Death of retinal ganglion cells suppressed by oligomeric proanthocyanidin

The death of retinal ganglion cells is a hallmark of many optic neurodegenerative diseases such as glaucoma and retinopathy. Read more

Behind the scenes of Foldit, pioneering science gamification

Proteins are involved in how our bodies develop and fight disease as well as how we behave and how we sense the world around us. Read more

Thermal pain thresholds lower in those with congenital blindness

An international team of scientists investigated whether congenitally blind subjects experience pain differently than sighted individuals. Read more

EC Work Programme for 2014 published

The European Commission has published its annual Work Programme for 2014. Read more

Parents can check their kids for retinoblastoma using digital photography

Can parents use digital cameras and smart phones to potentially screen their children for the most common form of pediatric eye cancer? Read more

A putative Antiaging Drug Takes a Step From Mice to Men

The drug rapamycin lengthens lifespan in mice, but a paper published earlier this year questioned whether it slows aging in the animals. Read more

Understanding human brain function and vision loss

Researchers look to armadillos, fruit flies, nematodes, and other species to understand human brain function and vision loss Read more