REGENERATION TECHNIQUES IN DISEASES OF THE VISUAL APPARATUS
Learning outcomes of the course unit
To introduce present and future opportunities for regenerative medicine in a highly complex system.
Course contents summary
Introduction to the visual system: from superficial epithelia to the central nervous system.
Regenerative medicine and the corneal epithelium.
Regenerative medicine and the conjunctiva.
Amniotic membrane in ex-vivo and in-vivo procedures.
A completely bioengineered cornea? Stroma and endothelium.
Regenerative medicine and the retina: (1) the retinal pigment epithelium – photoreceptors complex; (2) ganglion cells and the optic nerve.
Counteracting excessive “regeneration”: antiangiogenic strategies and therapies.