Commend Researchers for Helping to Cure Blindness


Target: Professor Keith Martin and Dr. Barbara Lorber, University of Cambridge

Goal: Applaud researchers for pioneering eye cell replication with an inkjet printer

A recent study published in Biofabrication revealed a team of UK researchers have discovered how to replicate the cells of eyes with an inkjet printer. This is highly important as they discovered two types of cells from the retina that can be printed, and the leading cause of many blinding diseases is the loss of cells in the retina.  Commend this team for their excellent work in helping cure the world of blindness and eye diseases.

This is actually the first time this technology has been successfully used to print mature central nervous system cells. Those cells remained healthy over time, showing the ability to grow and survive in a culture. Since the cellular pattern within the eye is so complex, the replication of cells requires a piezoelectric inkjet printer. The piezoelectric crystals act as a heating material, allowing a wider variety of inks than a thermal inkjet.

The two types of cells were retinal ganglion and glial cells. Retinal ganglion cells transmit information from the eye to certain parts of the brain, and glial cells provide support and protection for neutron cells. The research team does have plans to continue the study and hopefully replicate additional types of cells.

Sign this petition to say thank you to the co-authors of this project at the University of Cambridge, Professor Keith Martin and Dr. Barbara Lorber. Their research has taken us one step closer to curing people of blindness and tragic eye diseases.


Dear Dr. Lorber and Professor Martin,

I recently read about your publication in Biofabrication concerning the replication of two types of retinal cells. I would like to thank you for your dedication and work towards helping cure blindness and eye diseases.

As you mentioned, this is the proof-of-principle project, which shows that the replication of the ganglion and glial cells can be successfully accomplished with an inkjet printer. The cells continued to grow and survive in the culture, showing they can maintain a healthy presence if transplanted into an eye.

Once more, thank you for your work. I look forward to hearing more about your work as you continue to discover ways to replicate additional retinal cells.


[Your Name Here]

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