Stem cells may restore retinal tissue damage

June 3, 2009

Stem cells, extracted from bone marrow can restore damaged retinal tissue through new cell generation, according to a recent discovery by researchers at the University of Louisville.

Stem cells, extracted from bone marrow can restore damaged retinal tissue through new cell generation, according to a recent discovery by researchers at the University of Louisville.

The stem cells extracted from the bone marrow were attracted to damaged retinal pigment epithelium.

Researcher Suzanne Ildstad, said: "More research is needed to optimise the outcome and potential repair of damaged retinal pigment epithelium." This will be achieved by scientists at the Swine institute at the University of Missouri who will expand the research using pigs. It is hoped that the discovery will have an impact on healing AMD.