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The group is working on the injured optic nerve characterizing traumatic neuropathy and trying to restore optic nerve function using regeneration approaches. It utilizes methods of neuroanatomy, microsurgery, proteomics and molecular biology. The major outcome of the experiments is successful regeneration of the visual pathway.


  • In vivo microsurgery and neuroanatomical tracing methods
  • nerve grafting
  • propagation of neural progenitor cells
  • Genomics
  • proteomics
  • cell cultures

Scientific Cooperations

  • Cooperation 1:
    IFG Münster (PD Dr. S. König)
  • Cooperation 2:
    Institute of Neuropathology, Münster (Prof. Paulus)
  • Cooperation 3:
    Institute of Molecular Neurology, Ulm (Prof. Fischer)
  • Cooperation 4:
    Clinical Ophthalmology, Münster
  • Cooperation 5:
    Clinics of Neurology, Münster

Group Leader

Solon Thanos
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University Eye Hospital Münster
Department of Ophthalmology

Domagkstraße 15
48149 MünsterGermany

Phone: 0049-251-835615
Fax: 0049-251-835616



Current Research Projects

  • Project 1:
    Functional regeneration of the optic nerve in rats
  • Project 2:
    Developing of animal glaucoma models
  • Project 3:
    Development of retinotopy
  • Project 4:
    Mechanisms governing axonal growth in vitro
  • Project 5:
    Molecular mechanisms of tumor cell migration on retinal axons

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