News and Events

News and Events

  • Medical Technology Innovation Award – NHS EAST ENTERPRISE AWARD

    Professor Rajan’s team received the first prize for Medical Technology Innovation by NHS Enterprise East in July 2011 for a novel medical device that would allow preparation of micro-thin corneal transplants to help faster visual rehabilitation in patients with corneal blindness. They have now completed investigations with the prototype device and with the help of our Cambridge University Hospitals Trust’s research and development team, a medical device company have entered into a contract to manufacture the device to make it available to corneal surgeons in the rest of Europe and the Americas. The new technique of ‘Microthin endothelial keratoplasty’ was presented at international ophthalmic conferences in Vienna (Sept 2011), UAE (Feb 2012) and Florida (May 2012) resulting in press releases and commendations. The research paper has been published in the Cornea Journal .

    In April 2013, we took delivery from the first commercial device termed CamFlow, a result of a useful collaboration with a medical device company in the UK (Network Medicals, Yorkshire).

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  • 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.

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