Ocular Regenerative Medicine Institute

 

Leading the effort to develop revolutionary methods to regenerate eye tissues for various diseases, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, corneal disease, and ocular cancer.

Harvard Ophthalmology Ocular Regenerative Medicine Institute

CO-DIRECTORS
Demetrios G. Vavvas, MD, PhD
Michael J. Young, PhD
MEMBERS
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Tissue and stem cell therapies hold enormous promise for repairing ocular tissues. Our investigators lead the effort to develop revolutionary methods to regenerate eye tissues for various diseases, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, corneal disease, and ocular cancer. They significantly advanced the understanding of tissue and stem cell transplantation in the retina—particularly in terms of graft survival and the formation of functional neural connections after transplantation. Our investigators are also developing biomaterials that can be used for delivering neuroprotective agents or stem cells to the retina; the engineered biomaterials have also been shown to promote survival and functional growth of neurons after transplantation.

Featured Events

3rd Biennial International Symposium on Ocular Regeneration
Save the Date: October 11, 2018 | Boston, MA
This meeting brings together thought leaders in the field to discuss the latest advances and the potential future of retinal regeneration. Learn more...

Featured News

Symposia Facilitate Dialogue on Innovative Research

October 23, 2018

Attendance for the 3rd Biennial International Symposium on Ocular Regeneration and the 5th Biennial International Symposium on AMD continues to climb each year, reflecting the high caliber of these meetings and the value they bring to their respective fields. Both events sparked great discussions and drew rave reviews from attendees, participants, and sponsors alike.... Read more about Symposia Facilitate Dialogue on Innovative Research

Michael Young

Michael Young, PhD, established STEM program for local high schoolers

October 5, 2017

The Harvard Ophthalmology Ocular Regenerative Medicine Institute expanded its educational offerings last summer when Michael Young, PhD, developed a STEM program to provide internships and learning opportunities in regenerative ophthalmology to interested students at Revere High School. Through this program, faculty from Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear give lectures on current research at Schepens and Mass. Eye and Ear, and...

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Symposium on Ocular Regeneration

Investigators Share Research and Potential Applications for Eye Diseases at Ocular Regeneration Symposium

November 3, 2016

The second Biennial International Symposium on Ocular Regeneration brought together leaders in the fields of ophthalmology, genetics, stem cell biology, neuroregeneration, and neuroremodeling who aim to accelerate cures for blinding diseases. The event, held October 20, 2016 in Boston, MA, drew nearly 200 researchers, clinicians, trainees, and industry representatives from around the world.

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New Grant for Retinal Tissue Engineering Awarded by the Bertarelli Program in Translational Neuroscience and Neuroengineering

New Grant for Retinal Tissue Engineering Awarded by the Bertarelli Program in Translational Neuroscience and Neuroengineering

October 24, 2014

Researchers Regrow Human Corneas: First Known Tissue Grown from a Human Stem Cell

July 2, 2014

Limbal stem cells -- identified with a new marker -- could reverse a leading cause of blindness

BOSTON (July 2, 2014) -- Boston researchers have identified a way to enhance regrowth of human corneal tissue to restore vision, using a molecule known as ABCB5 that acts as a marker for hard-to-find limbal stem cells. This work, a collaboration between the Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Schepens Eye Research Institute (Mass. Eye and Ear), Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the VA Boston Healthcare System, provides...

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