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Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2016 Mar;57(3):1271-5. doi: 10.1167/iovs.15-18500.

Report on the National Eye Institute Audacious Goals Initiative: Regenerating the Optic Nerve.

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Byers Eye Institute Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, United States.
Department of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, United States.


The National Eye Institute (NEI) hosted a workshop on November 19, 2014, as part of the Audacious Goals Initiative (AGI), an NEI-led effort to rapidly expand therapies for eye diseases through coordinated research funding. The central audacious goal aims to demonstrate by 2025 the restoration of usable vision in humans through the regeneration of neurons and neural connections in the eye and visual system. This workshop focused on identifying promising strategies for optic nerve regeneration. Its principal objective was to solicit input on future AGI-related funding announcements, and specifically to ask, where are we now in our scientific progress, and what progress should we reach for in the coming years? A full report was generated as a white paper posted on the NEI Web site; this report summarizes the discussion and outcomes from the meeting and serves as guidance for future funding of research that focuses on optic nerve regeneration.

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