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NEI-funded technology promises to broaden access to retinal scanning

A National Eye Institute-funded project at Duke University has yielded a fully automated optical coherence tomography (OCT) device that does not require a trained operator and promises to broaden access to retinal imaging technology.

Wearable devices can reduce collision risk in blind and visually impaired people

A new study showed that a wearable computer vision device can reduce collisions for both people who are blind or those who are visually impaired and using a long cane and/or guide dog by 37 percent, compared to using other mobility aids alone

Maria Leptin appointed next President of the European Research Council

The European Commission has appointed Professor Maria Leptin as the next President of the European Research Council (ERC). Professor Leptin, who is currently the Director of EMBO (the European Molecular Biology Organization), will take on her new role on 1 October 2021, when President ad interim Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon will end his mandate.

Links between genetic risk, glaucoma prevalence examined

Polygenic variants are associated with comparable risk for developing open-angle glaucoma as that associated with the most common single-gene pathogenic variant, according to a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology.

Melanoma of the eye: Preclinical tests show path toward treatment

Uveal melanoma, or UM, is a rare and deadly cancer of the eye, and the mortality rate has remained unimproved for 40 years. Half of the melanomas spread to other organs of the body, causing death in less than a year, so new treatments to preserve vision and prevent death are an urgent need.

UN adopts first resolution on vision, aims to help 1 billion

The U.N. General Assembly approved its first-ever resolution on vision, calling on its 193 member nations to ensure access to eye care for everyone in their countries which would contribute to a global effort to help at least 1.1 billion people with vision impairment who currently lack eye services by 2030.

DeepMind’s AI predicts structures for a vast trove of proteins

AlphaFold neural network produced a ‘totally transformative’ database of more than 350,000 structures from Homo sapiens and 20 model organisms.

Commission adopts proposal for a Pact for Research and Innovation in Europe

The European Commission adopted its proposal for a Council Recommendation on “A Pact for Research and Innovation in Europe” to support the implementation of national European Research Area (ERA) policies.

Scientists find gene mutation linked to exfoliation syndrome, most common cause of glaucoma

A team of researchers from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research's (A*STAR) Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) and Bioprocessing Technology Institute (BTI), as well as Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), have identified a genetic mutation (functionally defective CYP39A1 gene) associated with exfoliation syndrome, the most common cause of glaucoma.

Genome editing: Commission’s Ethics Group calls for wide-ranging societal debate and global governance

The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), an independent advisory body to the Commission, has today published its Opinion on the ethics of genome editing. The Opinion analyses ethical questions raised by the application of genome editing in humans, animals and plants, and hence spans health, research, agriculture and environmental aspects.

To remedy health disparities, more scientists must ‘get political’

The pandemic has given scientists a more prominent voice in society. They need to use it to push for better health through equality.

MedOne Surgical Receives FDA Clearance for its MicroDose Injector

MedOne Surgical announced the FDA 510(k) clearance of its MicroDose Injector device for low volume ophthalmic injections into the subretinal space. The pneumatically driven syringe system allows the surgeon to utilize a pneumatic air source, such as a vitrectomy system, to deliver a low volume injection into the subretinal space.

New research assesses naturalistic driving techniques to link vision impairment and traffic accidents

New research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham has used naturalistic driving techniques, or unobtrusive sensors and cameras in vehicles, to link vision impairment in older drivers to at-fault crashes and near-crashes as assessed by in-vehicle instrumentation.

How to navigate authorship of scientific manuscripts

The importance of publications won’t come as news to anyone who has been in academia for a while. Still, Rolfs’s comments underscore the importance of not just doing good science, but also ensuring you receive appropriate recognition for it—particularly when it comes to authorship.

Horizontal HTLV-1 transmission can cause severe and persistent eye inflammation

Human T-cell lymphotropic virus type-1 (HTLV-1) is a retrovirus similar to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and has mostly been thought to be transmitted vertically (mother-to-child), or horizontally (sexually or parenterally (e.g. via blood transfusion)).