Neural Stem Cell Institute receives $300,000 grant for Research on Potential Cure for Macular Degeneration

RENSSELAER, N.Y. — (August 1, 2013)  The International Scientific Advisory Board of the Macula Vision Research Foundation (MVRP) has awarded Dr. Sally Temple $300,000 for her project, Reprogramming the Human Retinal Pigment Epithelial Stem Cells.  Dr. Temple is the scientific director and co-founder of the Neural Stem Cell Institute (NSCI). Funding will commence October 2013.

This ground-breaking study is based on the discovery made at NSCI of a new stem cell in the adult human retina. The MVRF grant will enable NSCI researchers to study how this retinal stem cell can be activated and changed to regenerate retinal cells and restore vision.

The Macula Vision Research Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to finding a cure for macular degeneration and other retinal diseases. To reach this goal, MVRF funds groundbreaking research projects conducted by the world’s top scientists with the hope of improving the lives of millions of people affected by visual impairment. What makes MVRF unique is that 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to research. All administrative and fundraising expenses are underwritten by the Karen and Herb Lotman Foundation, allowing MVRF to allocate all donations towards finding a cure. Along with funding research, MVRF also provides education and outreach to those with visual impairments through their SupportSightTM seminars and newsletter.

The Neural Stem Cell Institute (NSCI) is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization and the first independent, stem cell research institute in the United States. Headquartered at the East Campus of the University of Albany in Rensselaer, NSCI is a unique organization that produces leading stem cell research to develop new therapies for diseases of the central nervous system.  NSCI aims to harness the power of stem cells to ease suffering caused by injury and disease of the brain spinal cord and retina.  Dr. Temple helped discover and define nervous system stem cells and NSCI has over 30 researchers focused on finding new ways to promote nervous system repair.

For additional information, visit http://neuralsci.org

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