Vision Restoration Initiative
September 14, 2021
The Gilbert Family Foundation is excited to announce a $5.4 million study to understand the mechanisms of vision loss caused by NF1-associated optic pathway gliomas, or NF1-OPGs. Led by Drs. Robert Avery (CHOP) and Jeffrey Goldberg (Stanford), findings are expected to inform the development of future therapies, validate existing models of the disease, and help identify new metrics for evaluating the efficacy of vision restoration treatments.
July 15, 2021
The Gilbert Family Foundation (GFF) announced the launch of a clinical study that aims to validate optical coherence tomography (OCT) as a tool to objectively assess the visual system and its response to treatment in NF1 patients with optic pathway gliomas.
November 16, 2020
Optic pathway gliomas (OPGs) are slow-growing brain tumors that arise in or around the optic nerve and can cause the degeneration of the optic nerve and retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) leading to vision loss. GFF's Vision Restoration Initiative aims to develop new therapies to protect and restore vision for patients affected by OPGs, including methods that address severe vision loss by regenerating RGCs and the optic nerve.
October 13, 2020
Approximately 1 in 5 patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) develop optic pathway gliomas (OPGs). These tumors can cause degeneration of the optic nerve and retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), ultimately leading to vision loss. GFF's Vision Restoration Initiative aims to develop neuroprotection/neuroenhancement therapies that protect and increase performance of injured RGCs and the optic nerve to improve visual function.
April 11, 2019
The Gilbert Family Foundation is excited to announce the launch of its second research institutive to accelerate the development of therapies for neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). Around 1 in 5 NF1 patients develop optic pathway gliomas (OPGs) that cause degradation of the optic nerve and subsequent vision loss. The Vision Restoration Initiative aims to develop innovative therapies that either repair or replace the damaged optic nerve to restore vision to these patients.