22 March 2017
The American Foundation Fighting Blindness has granted two important subsidies to researchers of the Radboudumc for a total amount of five million dollars. With this the researchers can further develop therapies for hereditary diseases of the retina and Usher Syndrome for the next five years.
In the Netherlands, a few thousand children and adults suffer from hereditary diseases of the retina. So far, no treatments have been found for these disorders. In the Radboudumc, various research groups are working on the development of new therapies for treating these diseases.
The first project is a cooperation between the Genetics, ENT and Ophthalmology departments of the Radboudumc aimed at finding genetic faults that lead to deviations in the messenger RNA (mRNA). Frans Cremers, professor in eye genetics and coordinator of the project: ‘The mRNA translates DNA into proteins. We have developed a “genetic patch” with which …