Short CV/Education and training

  • 1963 – 1969
    Studied medicine at Marburg University, Germany

  • 1964
    Preliminary examination in the natural sciences

  • 1965
    Medical preliminary examination (very good)

  • 1969
    Medical state examination (very good), dissertation (magna cum laude), Doctor of Medicine (Dr. med.)

  • 1971
    Licence to practise medicine

  • 1973
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in anatomy and developmental history at Marburg University

  • 1969 – 1974
    Research assistant at the Institute for Anatomy at Marburg University

  • 1978
    Appointed C2 professor

  • 1980
    Appointed C3 professor of anatomy at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

  • 1984
    Appointed Chair of anatomy (II) at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

  • Since 1985
    Director of the Institute for Anatomy, Chair of anatomy (II)

Selected projects

  • Collaborative Research Centre SFB 539 BI1 and SFB 539 BII2: Glaucoma, including pseudoexfoliation syndrome; funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG), 1997 – 2010

  • Primary Investigator in the research training group Advanced Optical Technologies, supported by the Excellence Initiative, 2007

  • Presbyopia; funding from the government of the State of Bavaria, 2002 – 2005

  • Immune privilege of the eye; funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG), to 2004

  • Project head and coordinator of European Commission Brussels, Medical Research: Ocular Models for Aging and Age-related diseases? Biomed II PL 96 1593, 1996 – 1999

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the university advisory board of the Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany, 2010

  • Vice president of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, since 2009

  • European Academy of Sciences and Arts in Salzburg, Austria, 2006

  • President of the Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz, Germany, since 2005

  • Member of the board of trustees of the European Vision Institute (EEIG), Brussels, Belgium, 2004

  • Member of the executive committee of the University of Erlangen Association, Germany

  • Associate editor of the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS)

  • Member of the Alcon Research Institute Award committee, 1989 – 1994

  • German Ophthalmological Society, 1988

  • Glaucoma Society, 1984

  • German Society of Neuropathology and Neuroanatomy, 1983

  • International Society for Eye Research (ISER), 1979

  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), 1974

  • Anatomische Gesellschaft (German Anatomical Society), 1972

Member of the editorial board of:

  • Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science

  • Journal of Glaucoma

  • Experimental Eye Research, 1989 – 1999

  • Current Eye Research, to 2005

  • Ophthalmologica, to 2006

  • Der Ophthalmologe (The Ophthalmologist)


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