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New trial for blindness rewrites the genetic code

Researchers have started a new gene therapy clinical trial to treat X-linked retinitis pigmentosa (XLRP), the most common cause of blindness in young people. Retinitis pigmentosa is currently untreatable and leads to a slow and irreversible loss of vision. On 16 March 2017, a 29-year-old British man became the first patient with X-linked retinitis pigmentosa … Read more

World first for robot eye operation

Surgeons at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital have performed the world’s first operation inside the eye using a robot. Robert MacLaren, Professor of Ophthalmology assisted by Dr Thomas Edwards, Nuffield Medical Fellow, used the remotely controlled robot to lift a membrane 100th of a millimetre thick from the retina at the back of the right eye … Read more

Gene therapy trial begins for blindness caused by choroideraemia

Professor Robert MacLaren from the University of Oxford and Professor Miguel Seabra from Imperial College London are undertaking a clinical trial using gene therapy to treat a disease that causes blindness known as choroideraemia. This condition is currently incurable and affects thousands of people worldwide. This is the world’s first clinical trial for this disease … Read more

Man treated in Oxford for blindness with gene therapy

Researchers in Oxford have treated a man with an advanced gene therapy technique to prevent him from losing his sight. It is the first time that anyone has tried to correct a genetic defect in the light-sensing cells that line the back of the eye. The president of the Academy of Medical Sciences said the widespread … Read more

Fighting blindness – information and study day

Patients were invited to an open day to hear the latest information about how researchers and doctors are fighting retinits pigmentosa.  This event featured a selection of talks from researchers, doctors and patients including a patient from the German trial who featured in the news last October. Professor Robert MacLaren, supported by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre,  is trialling … Read more

New retinal implant technique is being trialled in Oxford

A new retinal implant technique is being trialled at the Oxford Eye Hospital in 2011 for the first time in the UK. Professor Robert MacLaren, Consultant Retinal Surgeon at the Oxford Eye Hospital, is leading a trial to look at new technology that aims to restore sight to blind patients. By implanting a device underneath … Read more