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Wilmer Research

Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins is the largest department of ophthalmology in the United States, and is an internationally-recognized research enterprise. Our researchers are thought leaders in the realm of discovery, dedicated to alleviating human suffering from eye disease by transforming ophthalmic care through the application of their innovative research. Wilmer receives more funding from the National Eye Institute than any other university system, and is a leading recipient of research funding in the nation. Our collaboration with multidiscplinary, world-renowned experts in fields such as gene therapy, nanotechnology, and stem cell research, have resulted in groundbreaking discoveries and therapies that enable us to change the way the world sees. 

The Center for Nanomedicine at Wilmer Eye Institute
The Center for Nanomedicine is a unique translational nanotechnology effort located at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. It brings together engineers, scientists and clinicians working under one roof on translation of novel drug and gene delivery technologies.

Core Module for Microscopy and Imaging
The Wilmer Core Module for Microscopy and Imaging is an integral part of the research enterprise of Johns Hopkins Medical Research. It comprises facilities for confocal and transmission microscopy, along with imaging of tissue cultures and frozen sections, that contribute to research into ocular disorders and allied health problems.

Cornea and Anterior Segment

#TomorrowsDiscoveries: How to Eliminate Eye Drops – Dr. Peter McDonnell

Many patients worry about not being able to get their eye drops into their eyes. They may miss their eyes with squeeze bottles, or in some cases scratch their eyes. Dr. McDonnell and his team develop alternative methods of delivering medicine to patients’ eyes without eye drops.

The Dana Center For Preventive Ophthalmology
Research at the Dana Center focuses on national and international public health prevention of blinding eye disease.  Some major studies include: diabetic retinopathy, trachoma, glaucoma, and vision loss and function.

Glaucoma Center of Excellence

Researching Nerve Cells at the Wilmer Eye Institute

Dr. Derek Welsbie describes his research on identifying genetic causes of glaucoma.


Ocular Immunology

Ocular Vasculogenesis and Angiogenesis Laboratory
The Ocular Vasculogenesis and Angiogenesis Laboratory at the Wilmer Eye Institute is the laboratory of Gerard "Jerry" Lutty, Ph.D., the G. Edward and G. Britton Durrell Professor of Ophthalmology. The lab studies the development of blood vessels in the eye and how they change in diseases like retinopathy of prematurity, sickle cell and diabetic retinopathies, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus


Creating Retinas in a Dish: Transforming the Study and Treatment of Retinal Diseases

Maria Valeria Canto-Soler, Ph.D., director of the Retinal Degeneration Research Center at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, discusses how she and her team have generated human retinal cells in the lab, opening the door to developing more effective treatments for retinal diseases.

Translational Tissue Engineering Center
The Johns Hopkins Translational Tissue Engineering Center, TTEC, was founded in 2010 as a joint venture between the Wilmer Eye Institute and the Department of Biomedical Engineering to establish a focus in research, education, and industrial development in the field of regenerative medicine. Building on the excellence of Hopkins clinical and engineering environments, the mission of TTEC is to educate and train tomorrow’s leaders in regenerative medicine and accelerate delivery of regenerative medicine technologies to patients. 

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