by Dr. Gearóid Tuohy
Dear EURETINA Members,
A very warm welcome to the December 22nd, 2021 edition of EURETINA’s web-based digital magazine, “EURETINA Brief”. EURETINA are delighted to continue our delivery of up-to-date summary briefs on a range of topics of interest to retinal clinicians, specialists and researchers across Europe. This resource is designed to accommodate the very busy schedules of all our members by providing them with a short overview of some new developments and announcements in our field over recent weeks.
The current issue highlights a number of research activities, clinical / regulatory milestones, and market / business developments in our field, including research on showing smoking cessation provides a significant reduction on the risk of progressing to age-related macular (AMD) and alcohol consumption having a causal association with geographic atrophy (GA) risk; a Phase 2/3 anti-sense treatment (”QR-421a”) of retinitis pigmentosa (RP) aims to use exon skipping within the USH2A gene to repair the shortened usherin protein and, finally; Neurogene Inc. (NYC, USA) has announced to become the first investigative treatment of both neurodegenerative and ocular disease manifestations of Batten Disease.
As in previous issues we have incorporated a feedback section where you can comment on any of the news items or articles under discussion and we very much welcome all contributions. Previous articles and issues can be found in the archive section on this website.
As always, your increased interaction within the EURETINA web community serves to expand your professional network and keep you up to date with the latest initiatives, activities and research in your field. Our hope is that such cross-fertilisation in an active web-based platform, including our LinkedIn page, will lead to increased collaborative opportunities and ultimately to improved patient care. All readers are invited to submit comments or responses to any of the stories featured and we look forward to hearing from you over the coming month.
Dr. Gearóid Tuohy, EURETINA