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Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | Date: 2015-03-20

The invention includes a method of treating an intraocular disorder in a mammal, the method comprising administering to the mammal a Very Late Antigen-4 (VLA-4) antagonist for the treatment of selected ocular disorders.

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | Date: 2015-08-24

Methods for generating cells of the inner ear, e.g., hair cells and supporting cells, from stem cells, e.g., mesenchymal stem cells, are provided, as well as compositions including the inner ear cells. Methods for the therapeutic use of the inner ear cells for the treatment of hearing loss are also described.

Methods to reduce the proliferation of vestibular schwannoma (VS) cells and/or provide neuroprotection to reduce the risk of sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), vestibular dysfunction and facial nerve paralysis in subjects with VS. The methods can include one or more of decreasing TNF- activity or expression; decreasing NF-B expression or activity; decreasing COX-2 expression or activity; administering FGF2; decreasing HGF expression or activity; or decreasing c-Met expression or activity.

Massachusetts Eye, Ear Infirmary and Charles Stark Draper Laboratory | Date: 2015-07-16

A medical implant device includes a prosthesis adapted to replace at least a portion of a bone. The prosthesis includes a drug-eluting polymer adapted to deliver a drug to at least a portion of an area surrounding the prosthesis.

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | Date: 2015-03-23

The invention provides a photodynamic therapy-based method for treating ocular glaucoma. A photosensitizer, for example, a benzoporphyrin derivative photosensitizer, is administered to a mammal either having or at risk of developing ocular glaucoma. The photosensitizer, when present in the ciliary body, is activated by light, for example, light from a laser. The treatment results in a reduction of intraocular pressure within the treated eye, which can persist for a prolonged period of time.

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