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Celebrating ophthalmic science

National Science Week is a great opportunity to highlight some of the incredible advancements being made in ophthalmic science. The work of S McLenachan, D Zhang, E Hao, L Zhang, S-C Chen and FK Chen has found that transplanting human limbal neurospheres into the subretinal space of a rat’s eye can prevent photoreceptor cell death in a rat model of retinal degeneration. Age-related macular degeneration and inherited retinal diseases are the most common causes of blindness in Australia. This advancement takes us one step closer to creating cell therapies that can be used to help many Australians. An article due to be published in the next issue Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology goes into depth about this research. You can get an early, pre-publication look at the original article here .