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Research into Age-related Macular Degeneration

Shun-Yun Cheng

Shun-Yun Cheng, PhD student 
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School
With her 2019 AMDF/ARVO Travel Grant, Shun-Yun presented results from her study  in which she proposed a new way of thinking about the origins of AMD: that photoreceptors may initiate damage to the layer of cells that nourish them, the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), rather than the other way around as is currently accepted. Her study opens new therapeutic opportunities.

Publications: Shun-Yun’s Travel Grant work contributed to the following article.
Altered photoreceptor metabolism in mouse causes late stage age-related macular degeneration-like pathologies