2018 Gund-Harrington Scholar Award
Grant Program Seeks to Hasten the Development of Vision-Restoring Therapies..
The Gund-Harrington Initiative for Fighting Blindness announces the call for proposals for the 2018 Gund-Harrington Scholar Award. The Gund-Harrington Scholar Award supports innovative research efforts that could prevent, treat or cure blindness resulting from inherited retinal degenerative diseases. The Gund-Harrington Scholar Award is part of the Gund-Harrington Initiative for Fighting Blindness and sponsored by Foundation Fighting Blindness and Harrington Discovery Institute.
The competition is open to investigators at accredited academic medical centers, research institutions and universities in the U.S. and Canada. Applicants must have a PhD or MD degree (or equivalent) and demonstrate exceptional promise.
Letters of Intent are now being accepted through midnight on October 25, 2017.
Researchers get better at tweaking the genomes of human embryos
Scientists for the first time have successfully edited genes in human embryos to repair a common and serious disease-causing mutation, producing apparently healthy embryos, according to a study published on Wednesday. The research marks a major milestone and, while a long way from clinical use, it raises the prospect that gene editing may one day protect babies from a variety of hereditary conditions.