Episode 7: Professor John Flannery

This week, Avril welcomes Professor John Flannery to the Retina International In-Focus podcast. John is Professor of Vision Science and Neuroscience in the Department of Molecular Biology in University of California, Berkeley.

In this episode, John’s explains the concept of optogenetics; a technique which involves light and genetic engineering (editing the genetic information) to control neuronal cells, and how he is applying it in his research to restore normal light-sensing capability to the photoreceptor (light-sensitive) cells of the retina and treat retinal conditions.

In addition to discussing optogenetics, John also discusses other forms of gene therapy which are being investigated in treating a number of common and inherited retinal diseases, including Age-related Macular Degeneration and Leber Congenital Amaurosis.


The full podcast is available to listen to via the link provided below:

In-Focus episode 7: Professor John Flannery


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