CosmoCaixa, the renowned educational and scientific centre that forms part of the “La Caixa” Social Welfare Project, has collaborated closely with the Barcelona Macula Foundation (BMF) and the Institut de la Màcula (IM) to create an experience entitled Retina. Nuevos tratamientos para curar la ceguera (Retina. New treatments to cure blindness). Included in the Top Science itinerary, the exhibition results from the partnership between the three institutions. It shows how the eye works, draws attention to degenerative retinal diseases and covers the treatments that have attempted over history to halt pathologies that in many cases remain incurable even today. The space explains the international projects that have involved the BMF and IM and created solid channels for the achieving of therapies to end some of these forms of blindness.
The research means it is now possible to control the wet version of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which was devastating and unstoppable until only a decade ago. The channels created by new cell therapy techniques provide a glimpse of treatments that can halt similar pathologies or even restore lost vision in the near future.
Retina. Nuevos tratamientos para curar la ceguera takes a journey around this different research and details the processes involved in medical innovation work. It also displays in an educational and interactive manner the paths that are now open for research into blindness. The medical director of the BMF, Dr Jordi Monés, and Dr Marc Biarnés, Dr Lucia Ferraro, Anna Borrell and Eduardo Rodríguez Bocanegra, members of the Foundation’s research team have intervened in the elaboration of its contents. The exhibition runs at CosmoCaixa until September 2018.