Making a Donation

Vision loss due to retinal degeneration (such as macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa) affects millions. In principle we should be able to restore vision using an electronic implant that replaces the function of the retina, but previous attempts to do this have not worked well. Why? We think the key reason is that present-day implants do not take into account our scientific understanding of the retina: many distinct retinal cell types have different functions and must be addressed independently in order to restore vision. We are developing a next-generation retinal implant that does exactly this, based on an interdisciplinary collaboration involving neurophysiology, surgery, electrical engineering, materials science, and computer science. We hope it will be the first device to provide high-fidelity vision restoration. Funding is needed to combine the technologies we have developed to create the first implantable device and test it experimentally. Your gift will support fabrication, engineering and the first-in-human tests of this advanced technology for sight restoration.

If you would like to make a donation for this purpose, please make your check payable to:

Stanford University and enclose a letter stating: "the donation is a gift to be used for The Stanford Artificial Retina Project"

To Send a Donation: 

Stanford Medical Center Development
Attn: Gifts Processing
485 Broadway, 4th Floor, U470
Redwood City, CA 94063

You may also make an online gift.

For More Information or to Discuss Giving Options: 

Toba Rainess
Senior Associate Director of Development
Medical Center Development

Stanford University is a non-profit organization and gifts are tax deductible.

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