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Commission launch one-stop-shops for EU-Africa cooperation in research and innovation

The European Commission today launched two new platforms, the EU-Africa (EU-AU) cooperation in research and innovation (R&I) portal and the EU-Mediterranean cooperation in R&I portal to provide one-stop-shops for all policy-makers and stakeholders interested in EU-Africa cooperation on research and innovation.

Wearable devices can reduce collision risk in blind and visually impaired people

A new study showed that a wearable computer vision device can reduce collisions for both people who are blind or those who are visually impaired and using a long cane and/or guide dog by 37 percent, compared to using other mobility aids alone

Maria Leptin appointed next President of the European Research Council

The European Commission has appointed Professor Maria Leptin as the next President of the European Research Council (ERC). Professor Leptin, who is currently the Director of EMBO (the European Molecular Biology Organization), will take on her new role on 1 October 2021, when President ad interim Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon will end his mandate.

UN adopts first resolution on vision, aims to help 1 billion

The U.N. General Assembly approved its first-ever resolution on vision, calling on its 193 member nations to ensure access to eye care for everyone in their countries which would contribute to a global effort to help at least 1.1 billion people with vision impairment who currently lack eye services by 2030.

Commission adopts proposal for a Pact for Research and Innovation in Europe

The European Commission adopted its proposal for a Council Recommendation on “A Pact for Research and Innovation in Europe” to support the implementation of national European Research Area (ERA) policies.

Genome editing: Commission’s Ethics Group calls for wide-ranging societal debate and global governance

The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), an independent advisory body to the Commission, has today published its Opinion on the ethics of genome editing. The Opinion analyses ethical questions raised by the application of genome editing in humans, animals and plants, and hence spans health, research, agriculture and environmental aspects.

To remedy health disparities, more scientists must ‘get political’

The pandemic has given scientists a more prominent voice in society. They need to use it to push for better health through equality.

MedOne Surgical Receives FDA Clearance for its MicroDose Injector

MedOne Surgical announced the FDA 510(k) clearance of its MicroDose Injector device for low volume ophthalmic injections into the subretinal space. The pneumatically driven syringe system allows the surgeon to utilize a pneumatic air source, such as a vitrectomy system, to deliver a low volume injection into the subretinal space.

How to navigate authorship of scientific manuscripts

The importance of publications won’t come as news to anyone who has been in academia for a while. Still, Rolfs’s comments underscore the importance of not just doing good science, but also ensuring you receive appropriate recognition for it—particularly when it comes to authorship.

High-tech contact lenses are straight out of science fiction—and may replace smart phones

Over the years, new scientific discoveries have led to softer and more comfortable contact lenses. And now, research bringing together chemistry, biology and microelectronics is resulting in contact lenses that are straight out of science fiction.

The Children’s Eye Foundation of AAPOS Debuts “THE CURIOUS EYE” Interactive Storybook

The Children’s Eye Foundation of AAPOS unveiled the world’s first interactive children’s book to help screen for color vision deficiency (CVD), commonly known as color blindness. The foundation has posted a free digital version of THE CURIOUS EYE at thecuriouseye.org and published a first-run, hardcover book for its member pediatric ophthalmologists.

Commission appoints two new members to the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors to the European Commission

Commissioner Gabriel appointed two new members to the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (GCSA) for the next three years.

Oxford Finance Provides $125 Million Credit Facility to Kala Pharmaceuticals

Oxford Finance has announced the closing of a $125 million senior secured term loan with Kala Pharmaceuticals. Proceeds from the transaction will be used to refinance existing indebtedness and provide additional growth capital for the company’s marketing of its two approved ophthalmic products.

Statement by the EIC Advisory Board and the ERC Scientific Council

The importance of knowledge creation and research for our well-being and the prosperity of our society and economies cannot be overstated. The ability to formulate questions and to seek answers to understand the world around us is a distinguishing feature of being human.

Nanoscope presents optical gene delivery

Nanoscope Technologies LLC, a biotechnology company developing gene therapies for treatment of retinal diseases, is featuring multiple scientific presentations highlighting its groundbreaking research on optical gene delivery for vision restoration and OCT-guided electrophysiology platforms for characterization of retinal degeneration and assessment of efficacy of cell-gene therapy at the 2021 ARVO annual meeting