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Dr. William Hauswirth and his collaborators share…

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The 2018 Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award recognizes Hauswirth and his colleagues for developing the first successful gene therapy to cure an…

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Dr. William Hauswirth invited by Pope Francis to…

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Dr. Hauswirth was recently invited by Pope Francis to speak at the Vatican Symposium on Regenerative Medicine and its Cultural Impact.  Created by…

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Astra Dinculescu, Ph.D. Educates and Advocates on…

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Dr. Dinculescu was one of only 22 emerging scientists  at this year’s Congressional briefing entitled Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of…

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groundbreaking gene therapy research

AAV Vectors from UF’s Department of Ophthalmology were the first to:

1994 RGTG established

1997 Show in vivo transduction of photoreceptors

1998 Mediate rescue of a dominant retinal disease in animals

1999 Show that neurotrophic agents can slow retinal degeneration

2001 Mediate rescue of a recessive retinal disease in animals

2002 Show benefit against retinal neurovascular disease.

2002 Show anti apoptotics can slow retinal degenerative disease

2002 Mediate therapy for mitochondrial retinal disease

2006 Show safety in formal rodent and non-human primate studies

2006 Mediate rescue of X-linked retinal disease in animals

2007 Show cortical benefit after retinal gene therapy

2009 Mediate restoration of color vision in a primate model of color blindness