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Retinal Research

  1. Research Unit Vision First, under the direction of Professor Francesco Bandello, is a cooperation between Complications of Diabetes Unit (directed by Gianpaolo Zerbini, MD, PhD)  with a Laboratory Technician, one Master Degree in Biology and one Master Degree in Biotechnology  and Ophthalmology Department (directed by Professor Francesco Bandello) with two basic research (50%) and clinical (50%) consultants and a basic research senior consultant, Professor of Ophthalmology of Harvard Medical School
  2. Cooperation between Myocardial Diseases Department (directed by Professor Paolo Camici) with 2 clinical and experimental senior consultant and Ophthalmology Department (directed by Professor Francesco Bandello) with one clinical consultant
  3. Bioengineering and Robotics for Ophthalmological Research Challenges
    A research pool of doctors and technology experts in the field of bioengineering and robotics, targeting the design of a computer-assisted for three main purposes:
    •    Assessement of the retinal field area for research purposes or pre-operative planning
    •    Simulator-based operator training
    •    Computer- and robot- assisted microsurgery

In particular different ophthalmological surgical techniques are analyzed in terms of the surgical gestures, workspace, force control etc. A constant interaction between the medical team (doctors, microsurgeons...) and the technical staff (engineers, computer scientists) guarantees the implementation of an innovative computer- and robot- assisted system for ophthalmological realm.
The medical team of the ophthalmological department of Hospital San Raffaele collaborates with a team of engineers and computer scientists belonging to the e-Services for Life & Health Services R&D Unit of Hospital San Raffaele , thus joining expertise in medical and technological domain, in particular medical robotics, bioengineering, electronics and informatics.

Group Leader

Francesco Bandello
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University Vita-Salute Scientific Institute San Raffaele

Department of Ophthalmology

Via Olgettina, 60
20132 Milano

Phone: +39 02 2643 2648
Fax: +39 02 2643 3643



Scientific Cooperations

  • Cooperation 1:
    Complications Of Diabetes Unit, Hospital San Raffaele
  • Cooperation 2:
    Neuroradiology And Neurology Department, Hospital San Raffaele
  • Cooperation 3:
    Myocardial Diseases Department, Hospital San Raffaele
  • Cooperation 4:
    E-Services For Life & Health Services R&D Unit Hospital San Raffaele

Current Research Projects

  • Project 1:
    New Therapeutical Targets For Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Project 2:
    Biobank Of Vitreous Body
  • Project 3:
    New Biomarkers For Amd
  • Project 4:
    Correlation Between Coronary Microvascular Disfunction Assessed By Pet And Retinal Vascular Abnormalities
  • Project 5:
    Bioengineering And Robotics For Ophthalmological Research Challenges

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