Associated projects

The research unit FOR 2240 is set in a productive atmosphere for cooperation, including researcher-led associated projects.

Polysialic acid: Expression in the human retina and therapeutic potential in the laser-damage mouse model

Molecular investigations of miR-29-associated deposits of extra-cellular matrix in the course of Fuchs endothelial dystrophy

There are strong connections to two large EU-funded research networks which are co-led by the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Cologne. Both networks deal with inflammatory diseases of the cornea and the ocular surface.

  1. EU COST Action BM 1302 “Joining forces in corneal regeneration” ( is led by Professor C. Cursiefen, University of Cologne, Germany and by Professor M. Jager, University of Leiden, The Netherlands.
  2. EU Horizon 2020 Project ARREST BLINDNESS ( is led by Professor N. Lagali, University of Linköping, Sweden, with the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Cologne serving as the second largest partner.