|Participating in the EOI signing are (from l) Dr. Gyan “John” Prakash, director, NEI Office of International Program Activities; Dr. Yozo Miyake, former director of NISO and chairman of board of directors, Aichi Medical University; Dr. Paul Sieving, NEI director; and Dr. Takeshi Iwata, director, NISO.
Dr. Paul Sieving, director of the National Eye Institute, and officials of the National Institute of Sensory Organs (NISO), Tokyo Medical Center, met recently to establish a formal collaborative international research program focused on studying eye diseases and ophthalmic genetics. The signing of an expression of interest (EOI), which is a culmination of numerous discussions, took place at the recent World Ophthalmology Congress in Tokyo.
“The EOI will allow both sides to discuss and plan collaborative research programs of mutual interest,” said Dr. Gyan “John” Prakash, director of the Office of International Program Activities at NEI, who helped initiate the program. “Extending our research collaborations on an international scale will advance our understanding of the biology of eye diseases, including genes that may be causing age-related eye complications in people of Asian ancestry.” Dr. Takeshi Iwata, director of NISO and a former NEI research fellow, is leading the Japanese efforts.
In addition to genetics research, NEI and Japanese researchers plan to conduct scientific exchanges and pursue joint intellectual property rights for targeted therapies for various eye diseases.