The NSCFA has recently agreed a two-year program of support with the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) . Our support is targeted at the Neuroregeneration Research Unit headed by Dr Alice Pébay and specifically at research on stem cells being undertaken their targeting stem cell treatments for two genetic diseases: Leber’s Hereditary Ocular Neuropathy (LOHN); and Macular Degeneration. CERA are aiming to generate induced pluripotent stem cell lines with material derived form sufferers of those two diseases. These lines can then be used initially to study the diseases and later to screen potential drugs for harmful side effects and ultimately for potential transplant material for sufferers with the long-term hope of reversing the condition.
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There are several institutes that offer skill training in this field of medicine. Some of the institutions that offer stem cell courses are: Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru; National Centre for Biological Science (NCBS), Bengaluru; National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS), Pune; National institute for Research in Reproductive Health, Mumbai; Manipal Institute of Regenerative Medicine (MIRM), Bengaluru; Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) Hyderabad; Indian Institute of Technology, Madras; National Institute of Nutrition and National Institute of Immunology.