CRC1607 | Prof. Martine Jager als Gastprofessorin

Internationally renowned eye researcher as visiting professor, Prof. Jager from the Netherlands

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Cologne was able to recruit Prof. Dr. Martine Jager, Professor of Ophthalmology at Leiden University in the Netherlands, for a visiting professorship at the Center for Ophthalmology at Cologne University Hospital, which she took up at the beginning of April. The start of her professorship was her keynote lecture on “Ocular Immunology” at the kick-off meeting of the new ophthalmological Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1607. The Dutchwoman is an internationally recognized clinician scientist with a clinical and research focus on ocular immunology. In clinical translation, she is primarily involved in the immunotherapy of ocular melanomas and in transplant immunology following corneal transplantation.

Prof. Jager has published extensively and received numerous awards. She is a visiting professor at the Peking University Healthscience Center and an adjunct scientist at the Schepens Eye Research Institute at Harvard Medical School. She is President of the International Society of Ocular Oncology and was the first non-American President of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the largest eye research society in the world. Prof. Jager has been committed to young female scientists and clinician scientists for many years and also uses her position as Secretary General of Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis for this purpose. She is a member of the Cancer Genome Atlas Project and the American Joint Committee on Cancer. She was recently appointed “Knight of the Order of the Lion” by the Dutch Royal Family.

“We are very pleased to have Prof. Martine Jager, an internationally renowned scientist in the field of ocular immunology, as a visiting professor at the Medical Faculty of the University of Cologne, at the Center for Ophthalmology and in our Collaborative Research Center 1607. Especially with her clinical translational focus on ocular melanoma and transplant immunology, she will significantly strengthen the Collaborative Research Center 1607 and research in the field of ophthalmology,” says Prof. Dr. Claus Cursiefen, Director of the Center for Ophthalmology and spokesperson for the new CRC 1607.

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Prof. Dr. Claus Cursiefen and Prof. Dr. Martine Jager, Photo: Christian Wittke