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


Children: to cross-link or not to cross-link?

Children: to cross-link or not to cross-link?
Children: to cross-link or not to cross-link? If a ...

Cross-Linking in thin corneas: simple, personal and more precise

OCT thin cornea
Keratoconus is the progressive thinning of the cornea, ...

CXL controversy 2018: Hype or reality?

Prof. Hafezi in a controversy about Cross-Linking with ...

ELZA at the 2018 congress of the German ophthalmic surgeons

The ELZA Institute was part of the main ...

What’s new in corneal cross-linking (CXL) in 2018?

Prof. Hafezi gives an overview at Science2Clinix 2018 ...

ELZA at „Science2Clinix“ in Bangalore, India

Speaker Schedule Hafezi
The Narayana Nethralaya Hospital in Bangalore, India has ...

ELZA at SAMIR 2018 in Tanger

SAMIR 2018
The ELZA Institute was represented at the 2018 ...
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