Established in 2015
STEM CELL TRANSPLANT GROUP
Our overall goal is to cure retinal degeneration due to genetic disease in patients. There are many retinal diseases such as Stargardts, Macular Degeneration, and Retinitis Pigmentosa, that are currently incurable.
These diseases damage and eventually eliminate photoreceptors in the retina. Our aim is to take healthy photoreceptors derived from stem cells and transplant them into the patient’s retina to replace the lost photoreceptors. The transplanted photoreceptors are left to mature, make connections with the recipient’s remaining retina, and restore vision.
Further, we are most interested in the cone-photoreceptor rich region of the macula, which is the central zone of the human retina, enabling high-acuity vision for tasks such as facial recognition and reading.
Grant awarded to Ying Liu:
Young Scientist Retina Research Grant by
The Juliette RP Vision Foundation
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