Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON) is a genetic disease that affects the mitochondria of the retinal ganglion cells – specialized cells at the back of the eye.
LHON causes these cells to lose energy and stop working, leading to vision loss. The onset can be dramatic, with some people affected losing their sight in a matter of days. Dr. Isabel Lopez Sanchez is appointed as a principal investigator in this field.
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