Working Towards an RP Treatment

Jing Yang

Recently, the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at UC Irvine profiled jCyte co-founder Jing Yang, MD, PhD, and retinitis pigmentosa trial participant Elaine Cain. The article highlights Dr. Yang’s stem cell research in Denmark and California and how this work may eventually improve vision for patients like Cain.

Elaine, now 70, first began losing peripheral vision as the rods — the cells responsible for vision in dim light — were affected, a common pattern in retinitis pigmentosa patients. Then she lost some of her color perception as the cones degenerated, until her vision became limited to a tunnel of less vibrant images.

Read Two faces of a fight against blindness.

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