Prof. Dr. Mario Matthaei, senior physician at the Department of Ophthalmology at the University Hospital of Cologne and the Faculty of Medicine, has been awarded the Leonhard Klein Prize for the Advancement of Ophthalmic Surgery at this year’s meeting of the German Ophthalmological Society (DOG) in Berlin. He received the DOG’s most valuable award of 15,000 euros for his research group’s publications on optimizing perioperative diagnostics and minimally invasive and microsurgical corneal transplantation in patients with Fuchs endothelial dystrophy. The results provide important information for the identification of particularly diseased endothelial areas in affected patients. In the future, this information will be used in further studies to assess the progression of the disease and the use of tailored transplants in patients.
The prize, donated by the Heidelberg entrepreneur couple Leonhard and Liselotte Klein, is awarded annually on an international basis and honors particularly innovative scientific work in the fields of microsurgical instrument development and application as well as microsurgical surgical techniques.