RetroSense Therapeutics Gets Approval for Clinical Trials in Retinitis Pigmentosa

RetroSense Therapeutics’ Investigational New Drug (IND) application for gene therapy based clinical trial for their product RST-001 has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration. RetroSense is developing RST-001 for the treatment of retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic condition that leads to the progressive degeneration of rod and cone photoreceptors (cells found in the retina that sense light),


Migrated AMSCs in retina

Amniotic membrane derived stem cell transplants show benefit in retinal diseases

A team of researchers at the CHA University in South Korea has successfully transplanted mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) derived from human amniotic membranes of the placenta (AMSCs) into laboratory mice modeled with oxygen-induced retinopathy, which is used to simulate many retinal diseases. The treatment aimed at suppressing abnormal angiogenesis (blood vessel growth) which is recognized


Ball of progenitor cells injected into the eye

UCI-led team begins first clinical trial of stem cell-based retinitis pigmentosa treatment

Participants are being enrolled in the first clinical trial that tests the use of retinal progenitor cells to treat retinitis pigmentosa. The product of stem cell research at UCI’s Gavin Herbert Eye Institute and Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, these retinal progenitors are similar to stem cells in terms of potential regenerative


Indirect laser treatment

Belize July 2015

This trip was supported by Allergan Foundation, with instrument support from IRIDEX. Our CEO Dr Raj Agrawal made his second trip to Belize recently. This time, apart from seeing patients in Belize City, he also traveled to Orange Walk, which is an hour’s drive away from Belize City, as well as to Dangriga, which is


Bahamas May 2015

To read more about the Bahamas, and why our help is required in the country, click here. As part of our outreach medical visits, Suber Huang, MD, and Raj Agrawal, MD, visited Nassau, Bahamas, in May 2015. This visit was in collaboration with the Rotary Club of East Nassau, who also sponsored our visit, as


Advisory Board Meeting during ARVO 2015

We organized an advisory board meeting during ARVO 2015, which brought retina specialists and industry leaders and experts from around the world together, to discuss Retina Global’s work, and how we can work together to help make a difference. The meeting was organized at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver on May 2, 2015. (Thanks


Visit to Belize

This project has been made possible by a grant from Allergan Foundation. Driving to BCVI’s National Eye Clinic BCVI’s National Eye Clinic BCVI’s National Eye Clinic Belize City Pouring rain in Belize City An ROP baby being examined in the clinic Discussing the outcomes of the exam with the mother Discussing the outcomes of the


Visiting Burundi in March

This project has been made possible by a grant from Alcon Foundation. Dr Bond, Carolyn Bond, Dr John Cropsey & Dr Raj Agrawal City of Bujumbura View of the mountains from Bujumbura Bikers driving down the mountains loaded with goods Bikers heading back up the mountains clinging on to trucks Patients in the waiting area


Back from Burundi

Our President & CEO, Dr Raj Agrawal, returned from Burundi yesterday, after a successful 5 days of work in the country, becoming the first retinal surgeon ever to perform surgeries in the history of the country, Dr Raj saw more than 100 patients and operated on 8 cases during his visit. He also met Dr