Research

Brain "rewires" itself to enhance other senses in blind people

Brain "rewires" itself to enhance other senses in blind people

March 22, 2017

Boston, Mass. — The brains of those who are born blind make new connections in the absence of visual information, resulting in enhanced, compensatory abilities such as a heightened sense of hearing, smell and touch, as well as cognitive functions (such as memory and language) according to a new study led by Massachusetts Eye and Ear researchers.

arvo 2016

ARVO 2016

April 28, 2016

From May 1st to May 5th, more than 11,000 people attended the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2016 Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA. Eye and vision researchers from more than 75 countries presented their current research, discussed emerging technologies, and strategized ways to overcome the current challenges facing ophthalmology and vision science. Harvard Ophthalmology was well-represented at the meeting, and faculty and trainees contributed 247 posters and presentations this year.

ONL Therapeutics Announces Formation of Scientific Advisory Board

ONL Therapeutics Announces Formation of Scientific Advisory Board

October 14, 2015

ONL Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapies for preserving sight in a range of retinal diseases, has announced that Joan W. Miller, MD, Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School and Chief of Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital, is one of five of the world’s premier retinal disease thought leaders who will serve on its newly formed scientific advisory board (SAB).

Jason Comander and Leo Kim discuss vision research with members of Congress

Jason Comander and Leo Kim discuss vision research with members of Congress

October 13, 2015

On October 7th and 8th, Jason Comander, MD, PhD, and Leo Kim, MD, PhD, participated in the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) Emerging Vision Scientists Program. This program allows scientists to meet with members of Congress to discuss the importance of vision research in the continuing fight to prevent blindness. 

SuperVision+ Goggles App Provides Low Cost Solution for the Visually Impaired

SuperVision+ Goggles App Provides Low Cost Solution for the Visually Impaired

August 20, 2015

Gang Luo, PhD, an Associate Scientist of Mass. Eye and Ear/Schepens Eye Institute, recently created the SuperVision+ Goggle app to provide a low cost solution for head mounted vision enhancement devices for the visually impaired. The free app for iPhones (iOS) is designed to be used together with 3D virtual reality glasses, widely available off-the-shelf products.

Researchers Resurrect Ancient Viruses in Hopes of Improving Gene Therapy

Researchers Resurrect Ancient Viruses in Hopes of Improving Gene Therapy

July 30, 2015

Boston, MA Researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Schepens Eye Research Institute have reconstructed an ancient virus that is highly effective at delivering gene therapies to the liver, muscle, and retina. This discovery, published July 30 in Cell Reports, could potentially be used to design gene therapies that are not only safer and more potent than therapies currently available, but may also help a greater number of patients.