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Molecular ophthalmogenetics

Our aim is to elucidate the molecular etiology and pathobiology of complex retinal disorders such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Using (human) genetics, microarray technology and functional methodologies, we aim to elucidate the molecular machinery of the retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) and retinal ganglion cells during development, aging and (genetic) disease.


  • Human genetics
  • Human molecular biology
  • Microarray technology
  • Mouse models
  • Visual phenotyping of man and mice

Scientific Cooperations

  • Cooperation 1
    Drs Vingerling, de Jong and Klaver, EMC Rotterdam, NL
  • Cooperation 2
    Dr Allikmets, Columbia University, New York, USA
  • Cooperation 3
    Dr Cremers, Nijmegen, NL
  • Cooperation 4
    Dr Jansonius, Groningen, NL
  • Cooperation 5
    Dr. Lotery, Southhampton, UK

Current Research Projects

  • Project 1
    The molecular pathology of age-related macular degeneration
  • Project 2
    Molecular modelling of age-related macular degeneration
  • Project 3
    The molecular pathology of primary open angle glaucoma
  • Project 4
    Genetic studies of retintis pigmentosa
  • Project 5
    Genetic studies in pseudoxanthoma elasticum

Group Leader

Arthur Bergen
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The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN-KNAW)

Meibergdreef 47
1105 BA Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Phone: (+31) 20 5666101
Fax: (+31) 20 5666121



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