A new way to combat untreatable blindness
in Genetics, News
8 Feb 2017
Professor Robyn Jamieson has been recognised and awarded funding through the new Sydney University funding scheme, SREI 2020. She will lead a multidisciplinary team of leading ophthalmologists, geneticists, molecular biologists and basic scientists to find new treatments for genetic retinal diseases. The project will use innovative technologies, such as genome sequencing, genome engineering and stem cell therapies to facilitate new treatments and preventions.
Genetic retinal disease affects over 2 million people worldwide and destroys their ability to sense light. It is now a more cause of blindness in working-age people than diabetic related eye disease. There are no treatments or preventions.
“It’s really difficult to see people, especially children, with problems with their vision. So this project presents a really great opportunity to use new technologies to work towards treatment for those people so that we can potentially restore sight.
“To be able to give people that hope is a fantastic thing.”