Quality and Capacity
of the Network Partners

The expertise of the consortium covers basically the complete spectrum of knowledge that is currently available in myopia re search. Schaeffel (University Eye Hospital Tuebingen, Germany) has worked on myopia since 21 years and has published many papers in collaboration with other myopia research laboratories in the USA, including a classical paper in 1988 with the first demonstration of a closed loop system for visual control of eye growth with Howard Howland and Adrian Glasser at Cornell University. He has also published with Artal (University of Murcia, Spain) (2002), and Seidemann (Rodenstock GmbH, Munich, Germany), on peripheral refractive errors in myopic and emmetropic subjects. Artal is an outstanding researcher in the optics of the human eye, with high publication impact and high visibility, who has frequently touched the topic of myopia in the past. The human myopia genetics branch is very strong in this proposal, including Hammond (London, UK) who is well recognized for his twin and myopia studies and for discovering QTLs which modulate refractive errors. His recent discovery that PAX6 may be one of the important candidates affecting myopia received wide attention. Guggenheim (University of Cardiff, UK) is a myopia researcher with a long history in the field. Recently, he has initiated large scale population studies to discover loci that are important for myopia development in humans, but he also starts to look for such loci in animal models for the first time. Malecaze and Calvas (Toulouse, France) are human geneticist with a long standing experience in mapping QTLs. They recently started to apply their technologies to study myopia, and are providing an important addition to the genetical studies. Feldkaemper (Section Neurobiology of the Eye, Tuebingen, Germany) has worked on signalling pathways in myopia and its genetical basis in animal models for 10 years, and has provided many important results on the transmitters involved. She has also frequently published with Schaeffel. Reichenbach (University Leipzig, Germany) has extensive experience in retinal function and signalling pathways and, even though his group did not yet study questions related to myopia, this expertise will bring fresh ideas into the question of how the signalling pathways in myopia are organized.

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