Progress and Promise in Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a disease associated with aging that gradually destroys sharp central vision, making it impossible to see faces, to read, or to drive. No therapy exists for the most common, or “dry”, form of the disease. Mark Humayun, professor of ophthalmology & biomedical engineering at the Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California, recently received a CIRM Disease Team Award to develop a stem cell-based therapy for Macular Degeneration. See our fact sheet for more information.