Cornea Connect brings researchers and patients together

Aniridia Network

Woman next to a microscope and the cornea under it shown on a screen beside it. Researcher Victoria giving a tour of a lab where cornea stem cells are studied

Researchers into aniridic keratopathy held a event so they could meet people affected by the condition so they could learn about each other.

Corneal opacification affects people with aniridia because of deficiencies in the eye’s limbal stem cells. The Cells for Sight Transplantation and Research team at University College London (UCL) is working to understanding it and develop treatments.

The Cornea Connect meeting on 14 February 2014 was the first of its kind at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology which is attached to Moorfields Eye Hospital.  It aimed to bring together scientists and patients with a common interest in the cornea and to talk about the challenges faced by both parties.

Several members of Aniridia Network UK attended and some gave presentations. Chair Katie Atkinson said afterwards “We want to say thank you for organising this…

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