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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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Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Charles Bonnet syndrome (CBS) causes people who have lost a lot of sight to see things that aren’t real (hallucinations).

Light sensing small molecule given green light

Biotechnology company Kiora Pharmaceuticals has been given the go-ahead to start in-human testing of a novel “small molecule” treatment, known as KIO-301, for advanced vision loss in retinitis pigmentosa (RP). The phase 1b clinical trial will take place in Adelaide, Australia, and will begin enrolling participants towards the end of 2022.

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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.