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Subspecialties Basic & Translational Research, Retina

Rare and Important

This February 28, 2022 is Rare Disease Day, and to raise awareness of rare disease research and emphasize its importance, we have sat down to interview Kapil Bharti from the National Eye Institute (NEI) on this important topic. During the interview he covers his own work on rare diseases (late-onset retinal degeneration (L-ORD), and Stargardt disease), current clinical trials for these diseases, the wider impact of rare diseases, and how the NEI are committed to finding solutions to rare diseases – with active trials at NEI for Stargardt disease where they are actively looking for patients!

If you would like to hear more about Bharti’s rare disease work, then click here to check out our recent article that covers his bench to bedside research

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Geoffrey Potjewyd

Associate Editor, The Ophthalmologist

The lion’s share of my PhD was spent in the lab, and though I mostly enjoyed it (mostly), what I particularly liked was the opportunity to learn about the latest breakthroughs in research. Communicating science to a wider audience allows me to scratch that itch without working all week only to find my stem cell culture has given up the ghost on the Friday (I’m not bitter). Fortunately for me, it turns out writing is actually fun – so by working for Texere I get to do it every day, whilst still being an active member of the clinical and research community.

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