News and Events

News and Events

  • EUCORNEA prize for Cornea research team, Vision Eye Research Unit (VERU), PMI

    The Cornea research team at VERU was awarded the ‘Best paper prize’ at the EUCORNEA meeting in Amsterdam on the 4th October 2013. The award was received by Dr Heidi Aichner, Corneal fellow who presented the results of the human corneal penetration and anterior chamber concentration of topical antifungal agents to the research and clinical audience. The prospective randomized trial was led by Professor Rajan based at VERU in conjunction with Cambridge Eye Unit, Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Microbiology Services Division, HPA South West Laboratory, Bristol.

    The project utilized the previously established In vitro human corneal model at VERU to show significant variations in bioavailability between various anti-fungal agents, thereby explaining the poor clinical response seen in certain types of mycotic keratitis. The judging panel of EUCORNEA meeting commended the research as having significant translational value and vital to the understanding of clinical responses to topical anti-fungals in resistant and often vision threatening fungal corneal infections.

    Professor Rajan commented that ‘We are very pleased to receive recognition of our research from EUCORNEA and congratulated the team and collaborators for their contribution. The corneal research team continues to make progress in corneal therapeutics to optimize management of such severe blinding infections.

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  • Cambridge Cornea and Cataract Symposium

    This national symposium at St John’s College, Cambridge is an annual event in April each year and organized under the chairmanship of Professor Rajan from Vision and Eye Research Unit (VERU) and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. It is attended by vision scientists and professionals from all across the UK and features European and International guest speakers.

    The symposium focusses on treatment advances and provides clinical updates on corneal infections, novel corneal transplantation procedures and technological innovations in cataract surgery.

    As well as providing insights into the latest trends in cornea and cataract surgery and research, this year’s symposium provided delegates with an invaluable opportunity to network. Speaking of the event, Professor Madhavan Rajan commented, “the symposium continues to provide an unique opportunity to discuss latest clinical trends in cornea and cataract surgery with an aim to improve clinical standards and dissipate latest research knowledge, both at a regional and national level. We are very grateful to the excellent feedback provided by the participants, speakers and our sponsors.

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