Focus on Research: Cornea

Focus on Research: Cornea

Professor Rajan is consultant lead for cornea and cataract surgery at Addenbrooke’s and also heads the ophthalmic and corneal cell biology research at the vision and eye research unit (VERU), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

The cornea research interest group focuses on the anatomy and functional capacity of cultured corneal endothelial stem cells for cell therapy to restore transparency of human corneas in corneal blindness.

In September 2012, the group lead by Professor Rajan received successful funding for a fulltime PhD and post-doctoral fellow to join the team. The project aims to use a laboratory corneal model to characterise the ideal requirements for cell based therapy using corneal endothelial stem cells.

A clinical project that aimed to improve corneal transplantation surgery at Addenbrooke’s has successfully developed an innovative approach to improve accuracy in preparation of corneal endothelial transplants.

The surgery ‘Microthin-endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK)’ promotes early rehabilitation and faster visual recovery in patients undergoing corneal transplantation

The Cambridge cornea and Cataract Symposium 2013 will be held on 16th April at St John’s College, Cambridge.