Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne

Prof. Dr. med. Claus Cursiefen - Curriculum Vitae

Education and professional career

since 2019: Action-Co-Chair, EU COST Action Aniridia
since 2018: Member, Steering Board, European Vision Institute (EVI)
2018-2019: President, German Ophthalmological Society (DOG)
since 2016: Delegate Ophthalmology, Germany Research Foundation (DFG), Bonn
since 2015: Speaker, Research Unit FOR 2240 of German Research Foundation DFG
since 2015: Senate Member, University of Cologne
2014-2018: Action Chair, EU COST Action “Joining Forces in Corneal Regeneration”
since 2012: Member of CIO (Center for Integrated Oncology), Cologne-Bonn
since 2011: University Professor (W3) Ophthalmology and Chairman of the University Eye Hospital Cologne
2011: University Professor (W2) for Cornea and Anterior segment Ophthalmology, University of Erlangen
2009: Adjunct Associate Scientist and Visiting Professor, Schepens Eye Research Institute, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School
2008-2012: Principal Investigator, SFB 643 (Strategies for cellular immune intervention)
2005-2011: Principal Investigator, Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Research (IZKF) Erlangen. Member and later head of Commission for Junior Scientists
2004-2011: Privatdozent and Staff member (Oberarzt), Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Erlangen, Director of Cornea Bank
2003: Habilitation and Venia Legendi at the Medical Faculty, University of Erlangen
2002-2004: DFG Postdoctoral fellow at Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston (Prof. Wayne Streilein)
2001: European and German Board Exam in Ophthalmology, International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Exam
1997: MD-thesis, Dept. of Anatomy, University of Würzburg: “summa cum laude” (Prof. Detlev Drenckhahn)
1995-2000: Residency in Ophthalmology, Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Erlangen
1988-1995: Study of Medicine, Universities of Regensburg, Würzburg, Dundee/St. Andrews and London, German Medical State Exam, USMLE

Awards, distinctions and professional activities

2019: Médaille d'Or Paul Chibret
since 2019: Visiting Professor, Tongji University Eye Center, Shanghai
2018: Fellow, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
2017: Member, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
2016: Erwin-Niehaus Award, Düsseldorf
2014: Best Paper Award, American Academy Ophthalmology, Chicago, USA
2014: Mahlon Barlow, MD Lecture, Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
2012: “Achievement Award”, American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Chicago
2010: „Best paper award“, 1st EUCORNEA Meeting, Venedig
2007: Research Award, German Ophthalmological Society, DOG, Berlin
2007: Nomination for „European Leadership Development Program“ 2007-2009 Societas Ophthalmologica Europeae, Wien
2006: Research Award 2006, Society for Microcirculation and Vascular Biology e.V. (GfMVB), Munich
2006: Research Award 2006, Dr. Walter and Luise Freundlich Foundation, Frankfurt
2005: Sicca-Research Award, DOG 2005, Berlin
2005: 1st place „Best Poster Award“, V. World Cornea Congress, Washington
2004: „Cora Verhagen Award“, Section Immunology ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology)
2004: Travel Grant, Eye Bank Association of America (ARVO 2004)
1997: MD thesis award, Medical Faculty, University of Würzburg
1991-1992: DAAD-Study Scholarship, University of Dundee/St. Andrews, GB
1989-1995: Study Scholarship, Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation e.V., Bonn
1988: Study travel award, ZIS e.V./German UNESCO, Schule Schloss Salem


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