Short CV/Education and training

  • 1990
    Abitur (A-levels), Calvarienberg Gymnasium (grammar school), Ahrweiler, Germany

  • 1990 – 1996
    Studied medicine at the Ruhr University Bochum and at Heidelberg University, Germany

  • 1993
    United States Medical Licencing Examination Part 1

  • 1995
    United States Medical Licencing Examination Part 2

  • 1996
    United States Medical Licencing Examination Part 3

  • 1998
    Fully licenced to practise medicine

  • 1999 – 2000
    Research fellow at Children's Hospital & Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA; topic: The pharmacophysiology of diabetic retinopathy

  • 2002
    venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in the field of ophthalmology. Senior consultant, Department of Retinal and Vitreous Body Surgery

  • 2003
    Senior consultant at the Centre for Ophthalmology, University of Cologne, Germany. Deputy to the director, Department of Retinal and Vitreous Body Surgery

  • 2006
    Offer of a W3 Chair in ophthalmology at Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany (accepted)

  • 2009
    Offer a W3 Chair in ophthalmology at Charité University Medical Centre, Berlin, Germany, including the location at Steglitz and the Virchow Clinic

  • 2010
    Acceptance of professorship and assumption of duties in Berlin

Selected publications

  • Joussen, A.M. et al.: Leukocyte mediated cell injury and death in the diabetic retina. In: Am J Pathol. 158, 2001. S. 147-152.

  • Joussen, A.M. et al.: In vivo retinal gene expression in early diabetes. In: Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 42, 2001. S. 3047-3057.

  • Joussen, A.M. et al.: Retinal vascular endothelial growth factor induces intercellular adhesion molecule-1 and endothelial nitric oxide synthase expression and initiates early diabetic retinal leukocyte adhesion in vivo. In: Am J Pathol 160, 2002. S. 501-509.

  • Joussen, A.M. et al.: Suppression of diabetic retinopathy with Angiopoietin-1. In: Am J Pathol 160, 2002. S. 1683-1693.

  • Joussen, A.M. et al.: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs prevent early diabetic retinopathy via TNF-a suppression. In: FASEB J 16, 2002. S. 438-440.

  • Joussen, A.M. et al.: Suppression of Fas-FasL induced endothelial cell apoptosis prevents diabetic blood-retinal barrier breakdown in a model of streptozotocin-induced diabetes. In: FASEB J 17, 2003. S. 76-78.

  • Poulaki, V. et al.: Activin A in the regulation of corneal neovascularization and VEGF expression. In: Am J Pathol 164, 2004. S. 1293-1302.

  • Poulaki, V. et al.: Insulin-like growth factor-I plays a pathogenetic role in diabetic retinopathy. In: Am J Pathol. 165(2), 2004. S. 457-469.

  • Joussen, A.M. et al.: A central role for inflammation in the pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy. In: FASEB J. 18(12), 2004. S. 1450-1452.

  • Semkova, I. et al.: Overexpression of FasL in retinal pigment epithelial cells reduces choroidal neovascularization. In: FASEB J. 20(10), 2006. S. 1689-1691.


Selected projects

  • University of Cologne, Germany: coordination of an interdisciplinary research group on diabetic retinopathy, 2004

  • Centre for Ophthalmology, University of Cologne: director of the retinological research laboratory, head of a project investigating diabetic retinopathy, corneal angiogenesis, vitreous body replacement, oxygen-induced retinopathy, 2001

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Editor in Chief "Graefes Archives of Ophthalmology"

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