Cornea

HMS Ophthalmology Center of ExcellenceCenter of Excellence


The Cornea Center of Excellence is dedicated to bringing together the world’s largest group of scientists and physicians to understand corneal biology, develop treatments for corneal conditions, and improve access to sight-saving treatments.

Cornea Center of Excellence
Image: Fuchs dystrophy specimen showing fragmented mitochondria in the corneal endothelium. Taken by: Anne-Sophie Benischke, PhD

Co-Directors
Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH
Ula V. Jurkunas, MD
Members
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The cornea is the eye's most powerful structure for focusing light; it also protects the rest of the eye from injuries and microbial pathogens (such as bacteria, fungi, or viruses). However, the cornea itself is susceptible to infections, inflammation, injuries, and genetic conditions that can disrupt corneal function and cause vision loss. According to the World Health Organization, corneal blindness is one of the leading causes of vision loss worldwide, and alleviating this global burden is dependent not only on elucidating disease mechanisms and improving therapeutic approaches, but also on increasing access to ophthalmic care. 

Featured Events

Save the Date: 31st Biennial Cornea Conference | September 20-21, 2019 | Boston, MA

Since the 1960s, the Biennial Cornea Conference has explored current basic and translational research developments of the cornea and anterior ocular surface, promoting interaction and discussion among leaders in the field of cornea. Learn more...

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Featured News

Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH, and Team of Researchers Develop a Biomaterial for Corneal Repair and Regeneration

March 21, 2019

A clinical research team led by Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH, the Claes H. Dohlman Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, have developed a biomaterial for corneal repair and regeneration that could circumvent the need for corneal transplant surgeries. The new technology, named GelCORE (gel for corneal regeneration), is an adhesive gel packed with light-activated chemicals that can seal cuts or ulcers on the cornea and then encourage the regeneration of corneal tissue.

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Drs. González and Saeed to receive 2017 Claes Dohlman Fellowship Award

Drs. González and Saeed to receive 2017 Claes Dohlman Fellowship Award

October 9, 2017

Miguel González, MD, PhD, Research Fellow at Mass. Eye and Ear, and Hajirah Saeed, MD, Instructor in Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, are co-winners of the 2017 Claes Dohlman Fellowship Award.

This award recognizes outstanding fellows and junior faculty members who are training in the area of Cornea, Refractive Surgery, and External Diseases. They will receive these awards on November 11, 2017 at the Claes...

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Rani Al Karmi selected as 2017 Alcon Research Scholar

July 14, 2017

Rani N. Al Karmi, MD, FRCS(c), M.Ed, a research and clinical fellow in Cornea and External Disease at Mass. Eye and Ear, was selected as the 2017 Alcon Research Scholar. This award provides support to a trainee to allow them to work on a translational research project with a senior clinician scientist at Mass. Eye and Ear. Dr. Al Karmi will work with Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH...

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