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A budget of 1.4 million € has been recently granted by the EJP RD (for European Joint Research Program on Rare Diseases) to continue to push forward research on the treatment of aniridia-associated keratopathy (AAK), which is the most difficult part of the disease to treat. The AAK-INSIGHT project was proposed by a consortium of researchers from several countries, led by Prof. Neil Lagali (Linköping University, Sweden) and Prof. Daniel Aberdam (CNRS, Biologie, Inserm-Technion, France). The AAK-INSIGHT project aims to implement a drug development program for a gene therapy medicinal product for aniridia-associated keratopathy, eventually leading to the approval of a first-in-human clinical trial. The research consortium comprises 6 active members of AniridiaNet #CA18116 Action connecting research initiatives across Europe...

AniridiaNet #CA18116 action in cooperation with Aniridia Europe are happy to present this short awareness video, hoping it may help understand this rare and complex eye disorder, while INSPIRING RESEARCH efforts in the hopes of improving its diagnosis and treatment. Aniridia patients are unique, help us shape their future! Share this video and SUPPORT the community! Our special thank you to Dr. Christina Grupcheva from Medical University of Varna @MU_Varna_Press, @ScitoonsSpain, and the patients and families involved in the production of this video. ...

On the 26th of October AniridiaNet COST Action CA#18116 members connected for the action’s 4th MC meeting taking place fully online. A highly successful meeting that gathered ophthalmologist, researchers, industry and patient’s organizations members from 22 countries. Thank all the members for their enthusiastic participation in discussing the current progress of the action and stimulating a closer collaboration for improved understanding of aniridia and related eye disorders. ...

Dr. Gerard Boix Lemonche, a postdoctoral researcher from the University of Udine (Italy), recently returned from a scientific mission in the research group of Prof. Petrovski at the Center for Eye Research of the University of Oslo, Norway. The purpose of this fruitful mission was for him to gain hands-on technical experience in the production of bioengineered 3D corneal scaffolds, as well as in the isolation of corneal stromal and limbal epithelial stem cells from leftover donor corneas. This training provided Dr. Boix Lemonche with the expertise for developing of 3D corneal models and stablished the basis for future collaborations among both participating institutions. This scientific mission was made possible thanks to Aniridia-net CA18116 COST action networking tools. Representative...

Summer is officially here, and that means that kids will have lots of time to get out the paints, pencils, and crayons and become little artists. To encourage this creativity, Aniridia-Net COST Action is inviting children with aniridia or their friends or relations to draw something creative relating to their experience with aniridia. The winning drawings will be used in the design of 2021 calendars and their little authors will get a printed copy of it! We hope that through this initiative, children will be able to express their imagination and learn more about aniridia and the needs of our patients. Patients associations, ophthalmologist, researchers, teachers are encouraged to support and share this initiative among their networks. Download...