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The Center for Stem Cells and Ocular Regenerative Medicine

The Center for Stem Cell Ocular Regenerative Medicine (STORM) is a pioneering, collaborative research effort from the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute that integrates the expertise of basic scientists, engineers, clinical researchers, and physicans and surgeons across Johns Hopkins to study and eventually cure vision loss and blindness through regenerative medicine. 

cellular photo of RPGSTORM Research
Our research focuses on how stem cells may be used to replace dead, dying or broken cells to cure blindness.
The STORM teamThe STORM Team
Our multidisciplinary team is comprised of pioneering leaders in their fields, collaborating to achieve success. 
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STORM In the News
STORM is recognized as leading the way towards breakthrough discovery in vision research.

I’m not aware of another similar regenerative medicine program that unites such a diverse group of disciplines. Wherever the best people are, we want to work with them.

- Donald Zack, M.D., Ph.D.,Co-director, Johns Hopkins Center for Stem Cells and Ocular Regenerative Medicine (STORM)

Dr. Donald Zack

Our Impact

STORM featured in Sightline Magazine

Our Focus | The STORM Mission

STORM's multidisciplinary team of specialists from across Johns Hopkins are pursuing the dream of studying and eventually curing vision loss and blindness through regenerative medicine.

Our Breakthroughs | Creating Retinas in a Dish

Maria Valeria Canto-Soler, Ph.D., discusses how she and her team have generated human retinal cells in the lab, opening the door to developing more effective treatments for retinal diseases