Founding of the Network of Excellence in Corneal Regeneration
Leiden, The Netherlands, 27 June, 2012
The Network of Excellence in Corneal Regeneration (NEXCR) held its second meeting on 18 June at the LUMC.
We are pleased to announce that NEXCR was officially established at this meeting. The network is initiated by Dr. Martine Jager MD, Ph.D., Sr. Ophthalmologist Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands. NEXCR will incorporate medical doctors and scientists with proven interest in cornea and ocular surface research.
“Studies on corneal regeneration have been emerging in the field of Ophthalmology in the past few years; it is exciting to have a network for ophthalmic doctors and scientific specialists to share their experience and knowledge of corneal regeneration” said Prof. Dr. Cursiefen, MD, Ph.D who is elected as the first president of NEXCR.
Purpose of the organization
The network is a non-profit scientific organization active in Europe, though not limited to this continent, whose purpose is in particular:
- To extend a scientific network for knowledge exchange among corneal researchers
- To promote the dissemination of state-of-the-art knowledge in cornea research
- To encourage, support, and register basic and clinical scientific studies in the field of corneal and ocular surface disease, reconstruction, and regeneration
- To stimulate worldwide collaborations between research institutes and industry consortium that contribute to the field of applied and basic corneal research
The meeting to establish the network was held on 8 May 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in parallel to the annual ARVO meeting. During the meeting, the Board of Directors was elected as follows:
- President – Prof. Claus Cursiefen, M.D., Ph.D.
Ophthalmologist, Director and Professor of Ophthalmology Centre, University Hospital of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
- Honored founding member – Dr. Martine Jager, M.D., Ph.D.
Sr. Ophthalmologist, Ophthalmology Department, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, the Netherlands
Prof. Marie-Jose Tassignon, M.D., Ph.D., Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium
Prof. Jesper Hjortdal M.D., Ph.D., Aarhus University, Denmark
Prof. Gré P.M. Luyten, M.D., Ph.D. Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands
Prof. Harminder Singh Dua, M.D.,Ph.D., The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Dr. Julio Lin, Ph.D., Aeon Astron Europe B.V., the Netherlands
The Network of Excellence in Corneal Regeneration headquarter is located at the Leiden BioScience Park. This BioScience Park is the leading biomedical research cluster in the Netherlands and ranks among the top five most successful science parks in Europe with excellent resources of medical institutes and industrial consortium nearby.
“We are really confident that the NEXCR will accelerate the progress of corneal regeneration in order to bring vision to the corneal blind!” said one of the founding members Dr. Chien-Chen Lin, the CSO of Aeon Astron Europe B.V.
The NEXCR will be open to every medical doctor and scientist who has a proven interest in research on corneal regeneration. An open invitation of partnership and cooperation will be sent to scientific communities, public and private health clinics, and scientific medical networks and associations worldwide.
The founders of NExCR, just after signing the letter of incorporation. Back row from left to the right: J. Hjortdal , T.H. van Essen, D. Hos, I. Vodegel, F. Bock, G.P.M. Luyten, N. Zakaria. Front row from left to right: C. Cursiefen, M.J. Jager, Dr. Lin.