The Network of Excellence in Corneal Regeneration

Claus Cursiefen, MD, Phd

Prof. Dr. med. Claus Cursiefen, FEBO

Chairman and Professor, Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Cologne, Germany.

Adjunct Associate Scientist, Schepens Eye Research Institute/Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Speaker of DFG research Group FOR 2240 “Lymphangiogenesis and cellular Immunity in Inflammatory Diseases of the Eye”.



Medical Studies at the Universities of Regensburg/Germany, Würzburg/Germany, King’s College/London, University of Dundee/St. Andrews/Scotland and Malta. MD thesis at Department of Anatomy, University of Würzburg. Residence at Department of Ophthalmology in Erlangen/Germany. Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Schepens Eye Research Institute in Boston.


Research focus:

Mechanisms of corneal hem- and lymphangiogenesis and their implications for corneal transplant immunology. Modern lamellar corneal transplant surgery. Clinical focus: novel lamellar surgical techniques in corneal transplantation, cataract, glaucoma and refractive surgery as well as ocular surface reconstruction and dry eye disease. Publications: more than 250, amongst them in PNAS, JEM, JCI and Nature Medicine. Research funding by DFG, EU and industry.



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Action BM1302 "Joining Forces in Corneal Regeneration Research" 2014-2017.