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ARPA-H's bold program aims to transplant whole eyes and cure blindness

11-Jan-2024

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A new ARPA-H program called THEA aims to restore sight to the blind by transplanting whole human eyes.

This ambitious project will involve reconnecting nerves, muscles, and blood vessels from the donor eye to the recipient's brain.

Previous attempts at eye transplants have failed due to challenges reattaching the optic nerve, but new discoveries in vision science and neuroscience offer hope.

THEA will leverage microsurgery, genetic and cell-based therapies, and collaboration across fields to overcome these hurdles.

The initial focus will be on finding ways to preserve donor eyes, repair damaged nerves, and prevent post-operative issues.

ARPA-H is calling for proposals from researchers and companies to help develop these critical technologies.

The project harnesses cutting-edge science to reconnect the eye to the brain

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Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H)

Research funding agency that supports transformative biomedical and health breakthroughs

ARPA-H's bold program aims to transplant whole eyes and cure blindness