Hungarian researcher wins award for procedure that could cure blindness | News | DW | 07.09.2020

Hungarian researcher Botond Roska gestures after accepting the Körber award in Hamburg (picture-alliance/dpa/A. Heimken)

Professor Botond Roska, who works in the Swiss city of Basel, has uncovered a gene-based therapy that reprograms cells in the human eye so that they can perform the work of the light-sensitive receptors needed for human vision, according to the Körber Foundation that hands out the annual prize. It is hoped the procedure will reactivate the retinas of the blind. The medical scientist said that, for the time being, the process creates a level of vision similar to watching television in black and white. Clinical tests on blind volunteers are already underway as a result of the Budapest-born researcher’s groundbreaking work.

Source: Hungarian researcher wins award for procedure that could cure blindness | News | DW | 07.09.2020