: The Dr. G. Venkataswamy Eye Research Institute here will organise a week-long workshop from October 25 to expose young scientists to a variety of modern laboratory techniques to show how stem cells could bring back vision to patients who had lost their eye sight over a longer period. According to a press release, the workshop, sponsored by the Indian Council of Medical Research and Defence Research and Development Organisation, will demonstrate how stem cells would benefit those patients who had lost sight due to thermal or chemical injuries in one or both the eyes. Participants will learn the methods of identifying and growing patient's stem cells under specific culture conditions. In addition to faculty of Aravind Eye Hospital, experts from L. V. Prasad Eye Institute, Sankara Nethralaya, Sri Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology and Invitrogen Bioservices India will act as resource persons.

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