Hector Fellow since 2012
Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. mult. Eberhart Zrenner

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. mult. Eberhart Zrenner

Insti­tute for Ophthalmic Research of the Univer­sity Hospi­tal, Eberhard Karls Univer­sität Tübingen

Eberhart Zrenner is Senior Profes­sor of Ophthal­mol­ogy at the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integra­tive Neuro­science and Found­ing Direc­tor of the Insti­tute for Ophthalmic Research of the Univer­sity of Tübingen.

He is an inter­na­tion­ally recog­nized special­ist for degen­er­a­tive diseases of the retina, especially in the field of cause research and therapy devel­op­ment. He has been partic­u­larly involved in the devel­op­ment of electronic subreti­nal retinal implants to restore vision in the blind. He is also signif­i­cantly involved in the devel­op­ment and imple­men­ta­tion of the world's first ocular gene replace­ment therapy for color blind­ness and the first gene therapy devel­op­ments in Germany for hered­i­tary retinal degenerations.

For his work, he was granted the Ludwig von Sallmann Prize und den Karl Heinz Beckurts Prize. He is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopold­ina) and the Heidel­berg Academy of Sciences and Human­i­ties. He was speaker of the SFB 430, until 2009 member of the Science Council and Health Research Council, until 2005 senator and until 2020 member of the Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Society.

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Doctor­ate Currently not vacant

Eberhart Zrenner is currently unavail­able to super­vise doctoral projects.


Enable blind people to see again

Retinal Implants with integrated micro­elec­trodes make it possible

Eberhart Zrenner and his team are devel­op­ing novel micro-electrodes based on high-tech materi­als for the spatial and tempo­ral high-resolu­tion electri­cal stimu­la­tion of neuronal tissue. In the therapy of patients suffer­ing from hered­i­tary retinal degen­er­a­tion, these will contribute to an even clearer improve­ment in visual performance.

See here in the short film "Enable blind people to see again" what relevance Zrenner's research has for the cooper­a­tion between medicine and technol­ogy as well as the therapy of patients suffer­ing from hered­i­tary retinal degeneration.

Forschungsfeld Biologie

— Biology

Forschungsfeld Medizin

— Medicine

Forschungsfeld Ingenieurwesen

— Engineer­ing

Medicine, Biology & Engineering

Research fields

Degen­er­a­tive diseases of the retina
Ocular toxicol­ogy and clini­cal electrophysiology
Optoelec­tron­i­cal retinal implants
Gene replace­ment therapy