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Eberhart Zrenner

Surname Zrenner
First name Eberhart
Nationality Germany
Present position and title Prof. Dr. med. Dr.h.c.mult., Senior Professor of Ophthalmology

Business address

Institute for Ophthalmic Research
Centre for Ophthalmology,
University of Tübingen
Elfriede-Aulhorn-Strasse 7
D-72076 Tübingen,

Phone: +49 (0)7071 29-84786
Fax: +49 (0)7071 29-5038
E-mail: ezrenner[at]

Short Biography

Dr. Zrenner is Professor of Ophthalmology at the Institute for Ophthalmic Research at the Centre for Ophthalmology of the University of Tuebingen, Germany. His research interests include: retinal physiology and pathophysiology, neuro-ophthalmology, ophthalmogenetics and retinal prosthesis. He has made numerous contributions to advance basic science of retinal function and dysfunction, clinical diagnosis and treatment in inherited retinal dystrophies. Dr. Zrenner has developed an unique electronic subretinal prosthesis with 1600 pixels, a registered medical device in Europe. He has been instrumental in starting and successfully performing the first gene therapy trial worldwide in achromatopsia (CNGA3).

Prof. Zrenner has studied electronic engineering as well as medicine at the Technical University of Munich, where he obtained his MD degree in 1972. Subsequently he worked for 16 years at the Max-Planck-Institute for Physiological and Clinical Research in Bad Nauheim and with a Fogarty fellowship at the National Eye Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD. After Habilitation he did a residency at the University Eye Hospital in Munich, later on receiving there an associated professorship. He became full professor and Chairman at University Eye Hospital in Tuebingen in 1989, now Center for Ophthalmology. There he founded the Institute for Ophthalmic Research at Tübingen University and has established a special clinic for hereditary retinal degenerations. He was Chairman of the Tuebingen Center for Neurosensory System til March 2018 and has now a Senior Professorship til 2022. He has received numerous grants and awards, two honorary Doctoral Degrees and has published approximately 625 peer reviewed papers (see home page: ), cited 30.317 times, with an h-Index of 86 (Google Scholar).


66 Patents on ophthalmological devices

Citations and h-index

For more information about the citations and h-index of see the Google Schoolar page of Eberhart Zrenner

Lectures and Interviews

Portrait Eberhart Zrenner - Hector Fellow Academy [Vimeo, February 10, 2018]

Eberhart Zrenner: "Blinde wieder sehend machen - geht das?"
a Caesar (center of advanced european studies and research) lecture, February 19, 2015