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Stem Cell Therapies: The Hope and The Hype
With stem cells the focus of much recent attention in the media, this statement from Dr. David Gamm clarifies both the promise and the misconceptions about stem cell use for vision therapies.  And keep in mind the 10 Things to Know Before You Fall Victim to a Retinal Stem Cell Scam.

Stem Cell Discovery at UW-Madison:  A Brief History                     Review the remarkable origins and progress of genuine stem cell research at UW-Madison in this article from the Morgridge Institute for Research.

We invite you to learn more at these websites about the current research, activities, and efforts of our partners in the fight against vision disease.

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From the January 2016 issue of National GeographicCheck out this exceptional illustrated essay on the evolution of eyes!

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The Outlook from HereOutlook from Here is a blog founded by UW graduate student and McPherson Eye Research Institute member Annika Konrad, to enable people living with blindness or low vision to share their experiences. Konrad, who is visually impaired herself, created The Outlook From Here in partnership with the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Since its inception in 2013, the blog has featured wonderful personal stories from some very talented Wisconsin writers. Check out I’m Blind – I Quit by Theresa Sweeney-Smith and 5 Things Every Eye Doctor Should Know by Annika herself.

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) provides tips on finding the right eye care provider and offers assistance in locating an eye physician by location or specialty.

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) is a professional organization for scientific researchers that encourages and assists research, training, publication, and dissemination of knowledge in vision and ophthalmology.

Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory of Wisconsin (COPLOW) at UW-Madison is a mail-in ocular pathology service designed to provide pathology services for clinical veterinary ophthalmologists around the country and world.  COPLOW’s Facebook page features dozens of extraordinary photographs of diseased animal eyes.

Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) has the mission to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments, and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.

Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin is dedicated to restoring the Gift of Sight through transplantation of corneas, research to advance the knowledge and treatment of eye diseases, and education to increase donations of human eyes after death.

National Eye Institute (NEI) is one of the Federal government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH), the NEI conducts and supports research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other disorders of vision.

National Eye Institute Clinical Studies Database is a listing of NEI clinical trials, including ongoing and completed studies conducted nationwide. The site includes study results and lists of journal articles.

Prevent Blindness America is the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization with the sole mission of preventing blindness and preserving sight.

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin (PBW) is the local arm of Prevent Blindness America. PBW provides free, direct sight saving services throughout the state by identifying early signs of vision disorders, facilitating early and effective treatment, and preventing eye injury.

Research to Prevent Blindness is the leading non-government supporter of eye research directed at the prevention, treatment or eradication of all diseases that threaten vision.

Retina Research Foundation (RRF) aims to reduce retinal blindness worldwide by funding programs in research and education.

UW-Madison Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is a leader in eye care. Ophthalmologists with expertise in primary and subspecialty eye care are available to patients of all ages. These professionals are backed by basic scientists dedicated to finding the cures for blinding disease.

UW-Madison Ophthalmology Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) at the UW-Madison has been conducting research with human subjects for over 20 years. Its mission is to administer research trials related to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic macular edema, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, ocular melanoma, glaucoma, and pediatric ophthalmic diseases. These trials are designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new laser treatments, oral medications, IV medications, intravitreal injections, surgeries, vitamins, minerals, and devices in the treatment of ophthalmic diseases.

UW-Madison Vision Core is funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), the Vision Research Core provides vision researchers services in three distinct areas: gene delivery and quantitative molecular biology, pathology imaging, and animal models, and eye organ culture. Core staff provide the expertise and laboratory space to provide these vision research services, enabling us to improve the efficiency and productivity in vision research and ultimately speeding the pace of progress in vision research.

Vision Science provides listings of vision science departments, institutes, and groups, as well as jobs, postdoctoral positions, and other resources.

Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired is a private, not-for-profit agency whose mission is to promote the dignity and independence of people in Wisconsin who are blind and visually impaired by providing services, advocating legislation, and educating the general public.