Hungarian Researcher Receives Award for Treatment That Could Cure Blindness

Hungarian Researcher Receives Award for Treatment That Could Cure Blindness

Medical scientist Botond Roska has won the Körber Prize for European Science 2020 in Hamburg, Germany for his work towards a cure for blindness. The award also includes a €1 million ($1.18 million) check.

Roska has uncovered a gene-based therapy that reprograms various cells in the human eye. 

The reprogrammed cells can then perform the work of the light-sensitive receptors, which are inactive in most blind patients. 

He says that for the time being, the process creates a level of vision similar to watching television in black and white. 

Clinical tests on blind volunteers are already underway as a result of the researcher’s groundbreaking work.

Roska started his education as a musician; studying cello at Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest.

Following an injury, he decided to pursue medicine and mathematics. A sort of blessing in disguise.