Priv. Lecturer Dr. Boris Stanzel, ophthalmologist and stem cell researcher at Sulzbach Eye Clinic has received the Freifrau-von-Nauendorf Foundation's promotional award. The jury recognized his work in the area of age-related macular degeneration, a common retinal disease.
The award is endowed with 10.000 euros, which the physician would like to invest in his research for a new type of cell therapy.
"Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD for short, is one of the main causes of blindness in industrialized countries"Boris Stanzel
In Germany alone, seven million people are affected by this disease. To date, there is no cure for the most common form of "AMD", "dry AMD". The Sulzbach study now wants to change this. The Sulzbach study studies the feasibility of cell therapy. Success would mean hope for millions of patients.
Prof. Dr. Peter Szurman, chief physician of the Sulzbach Eye Clinic, sees a great opportunity in the research work: "For us, the sponsorship award recognizes research that is as innovative as it is promising. Through the unique collaboration of leading experts in macular degeneration, retinal surgery and stem cell biology, I consider this study to be of great importance for the future of ophthalmology."
In view of the many patient inquiries, Stanzel made it clear: "It is still an early study. We do not yet offer stem cell therapy, but are first researching the feasibility of one."
Cooperation with the "IBMT" in Sulzbach
Dr. Today Boris Stanzel heads both the macular center of the Sulzbach Eye Clinic and a research group in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT in Sulzbach.
Its site manager Prof. Dr. Hagen von Briesen is therefore also pleased about the award. "In our collaboration with Dr. Stanzel, the Sulzbach Eye Clinic and their chief physician Prof. Szurman, I see an important piece of the puzzle on the way to better understanding the AMD and fighting it in the future"Said Prof. von Briesen.
And reveals a very personal connection to the Freifrau-von-Nauendorf Foundation, of which the foundation itself had never previously known:I met the founder as a child - she was my grandmother's best friend."
About the Sulzbach Eye Clinic
The Sulzbach Eye Clinic is Germany's largest center for retinal surgery with well over 2000 large retinal operations per year. With 11.000 treatments annually, the macular center is one of the most important AMD centers. Chief Physician Prof. Dr. Peter Szurman is an internationally known specialist in subretinal surgery (operations under the retina). Therefore, Sulzbach is one of the very few centers that perform surgical treatment for certain types of AMD.