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Gerald J. Chader, Michael Young; Preface: Sight Restoration Through Stem Cell Therapy. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2016;57(5):ORSFa1-ORSFa5. doi: 10.1167/iovs.16-19125.
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This publication presents chapters based on a meeting entitled “Sight Restoration Through Stem Cell Therapy” held on June 13, 2015, in Santa Monica, CA, sponsored by the Ocular Research Symposia Foundation (ORSF). It was chaired by Michael Young, PhD, Harvard Medical School, and Gerald Chader, PhD, University of Southern California. The mission of this publication and of the ORSF in general is to focus attention on unmet medical needs and current research opportunities in eye research with the objective of accelerating translation of research findings to effective clinical care. In the meeting, new research advances on stem cells and opportunities for their clinical application were highlighted and are recounted in the following chapters of this publication. By identifying “low-hanging fruit” (i.e., the best opportunities for successful transition of laboratory research to prevention and new treatments and cures for ocular diseases), we seek to spur funding at both the basic research and clinical levels, resulting in sight-saving and sight-restoration measures in the near future.
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