Research in Briefs

Research in Brief

High-throughput analysis reveals that retinal genes are influenced by a high-fat diet alone, independent of gut bacteria, in ways that increase susceptibility to macular degeneration.

Nov 18, 2021
Research in Brief

A genetic mutation is found to impair lipid metabolism and function of microglia, key defensive players in the brain.

Oct 26, 2021
Macular Degeneration Research

Age-related changes make it harder for eye cells to come up with the energy needed for vision – and that deficit is widely thought to play a role in AMD.

Oct 5, 2021
Alzheimer's Disease Research

Researchers discover 10 new gene variants that increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), including some on rare genes that were never before linked to AD.

Sep 28, 2021
Alzheimer's Disease Research

Brain tissue grown in a dish called an “organoid,” was used to study how genetic mutations contribute to FTD. 

Sep 15, 2021
National Glaucoma Research

Gene found to regulate tissue responsible for draining fluid from the eye.

Sep 15, 2021
Alzheimer's Disease Research

BrightFocus-funded researchers have proposed a new way to treat Alzheimer’s, by clearing toxic tau from the connections, or synapses, between brain cells.

Aug 19, 2021
Research in Brief

BrightFocus is funding early science behind a promising new technology– a wearable device that provides a very early prediction of Alzheimer’s onset.

Aug 17, 2021
Research in Brief

Researchers uncover a potential association between an APOE genetic variant and changes in brain metabolism leading to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive impairment.

Aug 5, 2021
Macular Degeneration Research

Age-related macular degeneration is thought to begin with a combination of genetic and environmental risk factors that damage retinal cells and lead to the formation of small droplets that may be precursors to drusen. In early studies drugs that inhibit cholesterol help prevent this.

Aug 3, 2021