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Choroideremia Research Is Necessary to Help Prevent Blindness at an Early Age

June 16, 2020 Choroideremia is an X-linked, recessive, inherited retinal disorder that affects 1 in 50,000 individuals. X-linked refers to the X chromosome, which is one of the chromosomes that determines gender. Females receive an X chromosome from each parent; …

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COVID-19 Guidelines For Retina Foundation Staff and Visitors

April 29, 2020 The Retina Foundation has implemented ongoing safeguards, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure the health and safety of all staff and visitors. These procedures will continue until further notice.   STAFF AND VISITOR RISK MANAGEMENT …

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Retina Foundation 20/20 Video Research Updates

The Retina Foundation is pleased to share 20/20 video updates as we continue to move forward with our cutting-edge research, reading, planning experiments, analyzing data, and drafting new grant proposals as we telecommute. Introduction Video by Dr. Karl Csaky, CEO …

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Join Drew Brees and the Retina Foundation for the Third Annual Visionary Luncheon – March 4, 2020

Drew Brees, Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and Texas native, will be the featured speaker for the 2020 Visionary Luncheon benefiting the Retina Foundation of the Southwest on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. As much pride as Brees takes in …

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Promising results from ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial for X-linked retinitis pigmentosa (XLRP)

October 1, 2019 The Retina Foundation of the Southwest is one of four U.S. centers conducting a Phase 1/2 dose escalation, gene replacement trial for x-linked retinitis pigmentosa (XLRP). On September 26th, the clinical trial sponsor, Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation …

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The Effectiveness of Therapeutic Drugs for AMD in the Laboratory

September 26, 2019 Ruvanthi Kularatne, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Retina Foundation of the Southwest, working under the direction of Karl Csaky, M.D., Ph.D., Managing & Medical Director. Dr. Kularatne has spent the past year evaluating the effectiveness …

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Introducing the Vision and Neurodevelopment Laboratory

August 15, 2019 We are pleased to announce Krista Kelly, Ph.D. as Director of the Vision and Neurodevelopment Laboratory! Dr. Krista Kelly received her Ph.D. from York University in 2014 before joining the Retina Foundation of the Southwest as a …

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Measuring the Release of A Therapeutic Drug in a Controlled Lab Setting

August 2, 2019 Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has multiple stages of progression. The “dry” form is characterized by yellow deposits called drusen, that grow in size and number, leading to dimmed or distorted vision. There are currently no treatments for …

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Retina Foundation Asks Kids to ‘Just Dance’ for Research Study

July 31, 2019 The Retina Foundation is an international leader in research on lazy eye, the most common cause of visual impairment in children. A new treatment we are working on in collaboration with Mayo Clinic has the goal of …

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Gene Therapy Trial for Choroideremia

July 23, 2019 In a clinical research study headed by Dr. David Birch, scientists in the Rose-Silverthorne Retinal Degenerations Lab are testing the efficacy of gene therapy in patients with choroideremia. This late stage trial is based on early Phase …

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FFB Pledges $300,000 to Support Dr. Yi-Zhong Wang’s Artificial Intelligence/ Deep Machine Learning Project

July 19, 2019 Yi-Zhong Wang, Ph.D., Scientific Director, Macular Function Laboratory, is working to achieve automatic and accurate identification of defects in the structure of patients’ retinas by applying deep machine learning method. Over the past year, using a cutting-edge …

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What Does “Blindness” Really Mean?

May 20, 2019 Jenny Schisler has retinitis pigmentosa. Jenny wants to spread awareness of what having a visual impairment really means to her and others affected by retinal degenerative diseases. By Jenny Schisler There was recently a viral image of …

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Discovering New Therapies for AMD

May 13, 2019 The Molecular Ophthalmology Laboratory, under the direction of Dr. Karl Csaky, Managing & Medical Director at the Retina Foundation of the Southwest, is studying live cell cultures to investigate new potential drug treatments for age-related macular degeneration …

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Retina Foundation Completes $3.7M Capital Campaign

April 8, 2019 The Retina Foundation of the Southwest acquired and renovated a new clinical research center in Dallas, Texas thanks to tremendous help from the Board of Directors and generous support from foundations, companies, and individuals. Join us at …

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Eight New Volunteers Join Board of Directors

April 1, 2019 The Retina Foundation of the Southwest is pleased to announce the on-boarding of eight new Board members, who recently joined 19 existing members to oversee our efforts and ensure that we are working efficiently to advance our …