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Patients with severe wet AMD regain vision after stem cell treatment

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1290 (Published 20 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k1290
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Two patients with very severe wet age related macular degeneration (AMD) who received stem cell treatment have regained reading vision.

The findings, from a phase I trial by the London Project to Cure Blindness, were published in Nature Biotechnology.1 The project is a partnership between Pete Coffey of University College London and Lyndon da Cruz, a retinal surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The study described the implantation of a specially engineered patch of retinal pigment epithelium cells derived from stem cells, to treat people with sudden severe …

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