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Research round-up, spring 2023

Progress towards treatments for inherited retinal conditions continues to gather pace and there’s been lots going on in the last few months, with more and more approaches being explored. This round-up gives a flavour of the variety of developments, including plenty that are not specific to a particular genetic fault.

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Research grants

Retina UK aims not only to progress research along established threads, but to stimulate new thinking, encourage innovative approaches and nurture original ideas.

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Involving our community

Our community is informed and knowledgeable about current research projects into the cause(s) of and treatments for these conditions.

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Usher syndrome

Usher syndrome is an inherited condition that affects both hearing and vision. The symptoms of Usher syndrome consist of childhood-onset hearing loss, progressive vision loss caused by degeneration of the retina (retinitis pigmentosa), and sometimes balance problems.

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Trusts and Foundations

Inherited retinal dystrophies (IRDs) are the leading cause of blindness in working-age people in the UK, and children as young as eighteen-months are regularly diagnosed.

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Researcher profiles

Research into inherited retinal conditions is one of the key objectives of Retina UK.

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Stem cells

Stem cells are a special type of cell, which under the right conditions can be encouraged to grow into any other type of cell in the body, including retinal cells (rods, cones and retinal pigment epithelial cells).