Spreading the word about stem cells in retinal disease

1 May 2014

Rowling Scholar and Centre for Regenerative Medicine researcher Dr Shyamanga Borooah recently gave a talk to the Edinburgh Macular Society about the potential use of stem cells to treat retinal disease.

Dr Borooah discussed the current state of research with about 50 members of the Society, which is led by Ms Jean Pringle. The audience comprised a mixture of patients, carers and relatives of those who have been affected by blinding macular disease.

Dr Borooah was assisted by Dr Jan Barfoot, public engagement manager at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, who collated information from the audience regarding their hopes and fears for treatments involving stem cells.

According to Ms Pringle, the audience really enjoyed the meeting and are keen to receive an update later in the year.

The image shows a similar event that was held in Kyleakin, Skye, last year, as part of the Hope Beyond Hype project. Credit: Dr Cathy Southworth.

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