The Retina Foundation of the Southwest, a medical research and treatment organization committed to vision loss prevention and sight restoration announced the newly named Henderson Ocular Stem Cell Laboratory, thanks to a $1 million donation from Grant and Jill Henderson.
Srinivasa Sripathi, PhD, the new laboratory director of the Henderson Ocular Stem Cell Laboratory, will lead efforts to find solutions for patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and inherited retinal diseases (IRD) through personalized medicine.
“We are grateful for the Henderson’s investment in accelerating treatment efforts. It will impact the quality of life for people we know and love, as well as people we will never meet,” Dr. Csaky said. “The research we are conducting at the Retina Foundation gives hope to AMD and IRD patients that their future generations won’t have to experience vision loss.”
Under the guidance of Dr. Sripathi, a patient’s own stem cells will be utilized to create healthy retinal cells. The stem cells can be used to identify what medicines would be most effective in preventing critical eye cells from dying.