Tech news - Winter 2023

8 February 2023
Winter 2023

A glance at what’s happening in the world of technology - Winter 2023.

Gene therapy for Stargardt disease in the offing

Scientists at the National Eye Institute have found the first direct evidence that Stargardt-related ABCA4 gene mutations affect the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE).

The discovery points to a new understanding of the progression of this rare inherited blinding disease and suggests a therapeutic strategy. The research team used a new stem cell-based model made from skin cells, according to the study published in Stem Cell Reports.

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The College and Eye Research Group Oxford are collaborating to bring you a webinar on Monday 24 June, on how optometrists can get involved in research.

We have partnered with Ulster University to develop a series of learning modules to support optometrists who want to undertake research, from developing their understanding of research to acquiring the necessary skills.

The College has provided key information to help you identify cases and guidance on managing circumstances that are relevant to optometry practices.