“The trial is the work of Dr. Henry Klassen at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Dr. Klassen just announced the treatment of their first four patients, giving them stem cells that hopefully will slow down or even reverse the progression of RP.”
“The patients were each given a single injection of retinal progenitor cells. It’s hoped these cells will help protect the photoreceptors in the retina that have not yet been damaged by RP, and even revive those that have become impaired but not yet destroyed by the disease.
“The trial will enroll 16 patients in this Phase 1 trial. They will all get a single injection of retinal cells into the eye most affected by the disease. After that, they’ll be followed for 12 months to make sure that the therapy is safe and to see if it has any beneficial effects on vision in the treated eye, compared to the untreated one.”
“He described how people thought he was being rude because he would walk by them on the streets and not say hello. The truth is, he couldn’t see them.
“He was famous for driving fancy cars like Bentleys, Maseratis and Ferraris. When he stopped doing that, he said, ‘people thought I was broke because I no longer had expensive cars.’ The truth is his vision was too poor for him to drive.”