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Stanford University Develops Photovoltaic Retinal Implant to Possibly Restore Functional Sight

Photovoltaic retinal implant could restore functional sight, researchers say. So far, the researchers have tested the device only in animals, but a clinical trial is planned next year in France. A team led by Stanford University researchers has developed a wireless retinal implant that they say could restore vision five times better than existing devices. Results in rat studies suggest it could provide functional vision to patients with retinal degenerative diseases, such as retinitis pigmentosa or macular degeneration. A paper describing the implant was published online April 27 in Nature Medicine.

“The performance we’re observing at the moment is very encouraging,” said Georges Goetz, a lead author of the paper and graduate student in electrical engineering at Stanford. “Based on our current results, we hope that human recipients of this implant will be able to recognize objects and move about.”

Republished with permission from the Stanford School of Medicine's Office of Communication & Public Affairs.

To read more about Stanford's clinical trial, please click here.

Dr. Janice Gabrilove, ACTS Program Committee Chair for Translational Science 2016 

ACTS is excited to  announce and warmly welcome our Program Committee Chair for 2015 Translational Science, Dr. Janice Gabrilove, MD. Dr. Gabrilove brings to the meeting comprehensive experience as a scientific educator; she currently serves at Mount Sinai as Director of the Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP), Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR), and PhD in Clinical Research in the Graduate School of Biological Sciences. She joined Mount Sinai as Chief of the Division of Medical Oncology.

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