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European Vision Awardee 2012

The European Vision Institute EEIG proudly presents the winner of the European Vision Award 2012:

Professor Frank Schaeffel
Ophthalmic Research Institute, Universitätsklinikum Tübingen, Germany

Prof. Frank Schaeffel
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As to Frank Schaeffel’s contribution to the research field of refractive development and myopia there are few who can claim to have made such an influence on this research community over the last 30 years. Frank Schaeffel’s classic paper regarding “ accommodation, refractive error and eye growth in chickens” in 1998 produced a paradigm shift in our understanding of regulation of refractive errors and ocular growth. While this is one of the most cited papers in the area (2nd only to Nobel Laureate Torsten Wiesel, who with Elio Raviola published an important early paper in 1977 on the monkey model of myopia), it is Frank Schaeffel’s continued and numerous contributions to the research field of myopia over the last 25 years, which marks him out for special recognition.

He has made major additional contributions to our understanding of how the eye regulates its growth, both in the physiological aspects of vision and also in the biochemical and molecular pathways in myopia. His expansive knowledge across both traditional biological foundations of the eye and his more recent work on molecular pathways of signals causing or preventing myopia is inspiring to many in the field. It is also important to note that this research has significant public health implications and it is imperative that we gain a better understanding of the etiology of myopia and that we develop new treatments strategies to reduce myopia.

Frank Schaeffels’ research is at the forefront of these efforts. He is a true renaissance man in science in the way he is driven by fundamental questions in vision, not just regarding myopia development, but also in the areas of ocular accommodation, stereopsis and evolution of general visual mechanisms.

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Curriculum Vitae

Academic Education

Year Degree University Field of Study
1974-1980 Staatsexamen University of Freiburg Biology, Physics
1981-1985 Ph.D. University of Freiburg Visual signals in the courtship behaviour of Drosophila melanogaster
1993 Habilitation University of Tübingen Animal physiology, myopia research

Professional Experience

Year(s) Position
1985-1988 Post-doc with Prof. HC Howland, Cornell University, USA
1988-1989 Research Associate in the MPI for physiological and clinical Research, Munich
1989-1993 Leader of a research group “Neurobiology of the visual regulation of eye growth”
1994-2000 Assistant Professor at the Department of Experimental Ophthalmology, Tübingen
since 2000 Regular Professor (C3), Head of the Section of Neurobiology of the Eye, Ophthalmic Research Institute, Centre of Ophthalmology

Prof. Frank Schaeffel

Universitätsklinikum Tübingen

Ophthalmic Research Institute
Section of Neurobiology of the Eye

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