Members of ELZA are heavily involved both in clinical, but also in laboratory research. ELZA follows the american model, where advances in medicine do not necessarily have to be initiated at universities only. Rather, small and innovative “think tanks” can, in collaboration with academic institutions, be incubators for translational research.

The patient profits from doctors, that do not only apply the latest developments, but have a deep understanding of them, because they co-developed them.


Current focus of research at ELZA

Currently, ELZA’s research focuses on various topics, both in basic and clinical research.

Basic research

  • Retina

Molecular mechanisms leading to retinal degeneration. In vivo-work in transgenic animal models for retinal degeneration and ex vivo in incubated retinas. Publication of several high-impact papers, including Nature Medicine and Nature Genetics.

  • Cornea

Mechanisms of corneal wound healing after refractive laser surgery. Advancing corneal collagen cross-linking technology. Keratoconus and corneal biomechanics. Scleral cross-linking. Improving PACK-CXL technology for corneal infection.

Clinical research

  • Cornea

Improvement of current ablation algorithms in refractive laser surgery. Establishment of new techniques for the management of complications after refractive laser surgery. Improving the technique of corneal crosslinking (CXL) for the treatment of progressive keratoconus, iatrogenic keratectasia, corneal melting processes and corneal dystrophies.


Scientific publications of ELZA members


Switzerland’s first Down Syndrome eye consultation

Down Syndrome Eyes Switzerland
November 10, 2017: Keratoconus affects about 1 in ...

Innovation in ophthalmology: how to protect new ideas

Protecting ideas
See this video interview with Nikki Hafezi from ...

ESCRS 2017 Highlights with Nikki Hafezi

ESCRS 2017
Nikki Hafezi in a video interview with Touch ...

Successful European ESCRS 2017 meeting for ELZA

ESCRS 2017 Lisbon
ELZA at the 2017 European ESCRS meeting With ...

ELZA versus Moorfields debate EUCornea 2017

EUCornea 2017 program
ELZA at EUCornea 2017 in Lisbon. ELZA was ...

Our new Research Laboratory at USC Roski Eye Institute

New Research Laboratory for Ocular Cell Biology and Biomechanics
New Research Laboratory for Ocular Cell Biology and ...

A new algorithm to predict the Cross-Linking effect

Algorithm predicts CXL effect
New algorithm predicts CXL effect and might help ...

Why perform corneal cross-linking at the slit lamp?

CXL at the slit lamp
CXL at the slit lamp may provide access to ...
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