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Leopold Schmetterer

Short CV

  • Received PhD from Technical University of Vienna in 1989
  • Head of Division of Ophthalmic Pharmacology at the Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
  • Head of Division of Vascular Imaging at the Centre of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
  • Continuous funding from Austrian Science Foundation since more than 15 years
  • Published more than 200 original papers in international peer reviewed journals
  • President elect of EVER and Member of ARVO programme committee

Scientifc Interest

  • Ocular blood flow regulation in healthy and disease
  • Functional OCT
  • Pathophysiology of glaucoma including vascular and biomechanical effects
  • Neurovascular coupling in the eye
  • Endothelial dysfunction in the eye


  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
  • European Association for Vision and Eye Research (EVER)
  • International Society for Eye Research (ISER)

Further Activities

  • President of the Association of Ocular Circulation (AOC)
  • EBM of 5 international journals
  • Ad hoc reviewer of more than 20 international journals
Leopold Schmetterer
Leopold Schmetterer

Research Group

Ophthalmic Pharmacology

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Medical University of Vienna

Department of Clinical Pharmacology
Center of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

General Hospital Vienna
Währinger Strasse 18-20
1090 Vienna

Phone: 00431404002981



Key Publications

  1. Schmidl D, Garhofer G, Schmetterer L.
    The complex interaction between ocular perfusion pressure and ocular blood flow - Relevance for glaucoma.
    Exp Eye Res. 2010 Sep 22. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Garhöfer G, Fuchsjäger-Mayrl G, Vass C, Pemp B, Hommer A, Schmetterer L.
    Retrobulbar blood flow velocities in open angle glaucoma and their association with mean arterial blood pressure.
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2010 Dec;51(12):6652-7.
  3. Pemp B, Polska E, Garhofer G, Bayerle-Eder M, Kautzky-Willer A, Schmetterer L.
    Retinal blood flow in type 1 diabetic patients with no or mild diabetic retinopathy during euglycemic clamp.
    Diabetes Care. 2010 Sep;33(9):2038-42.
  4. Boltz A, Luksch A, Wimpissinger B, Maar N, Weigert G, Frantal S, Brannath W, Garhöfer G, Ergun E, Stur M, Schmetterer L.
    Choroidal blood flow and progression of age-related macular degeneration in the fellow eye in patients with unilateral choroidal neovascularization.
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2010 Aug;51(8):4220-5.
  5. Dragostinoff N, Werkmeister RM, Gröschl M, Schmetterer L.
    Depth-resolved measurement of ocular fundus pulsations by low-coherence tissue interferometry.
    J Biomed Opt. 2009 Sep-Oct;14(5):054047.
  6. Pemp B, Weigert G, Karl K, Petzl U, Wolzt M, Schmetterer L, Garhofer G.
    Correlation of flicker-induced and flow-mediated vasodilatation in patients with endothelial dysfunction and healthy volunteers.
    Diabetes Care. 2009 Aug;32(8):1536-41.
  7. Werkmeister RM, Dragostinoff N, Pircher M, Götzinger E, Hitzenberger CK, Leitgeb RA, Schmetterer L.
    Bidirectional Doppler Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography for measurement of absolute flow velocities in human retinal vessels.
    Opt Lett. 2008 Dec 15;33(24):2967-9.
  8. Resch H, Karl K, Weigert G, Wolzt M, Hommer A, Schmetterer L, Garhöfer G.
    Effect of dual endothelin receptor blockade on ocular blood flow in patients with glaucoma and healthy subjects.
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2009 Jan;50(1):358-63.
  9. Resch H, Garhofer G, Fuchsjäger-Mayrl G, Hommer A, Schmetterer L.
    Endothelial dysfunction in glaucoma.
    Acta Ophthalmol. 2009 Feb;87(1):4-12.
  10. Hommer A, Fuchsjäger-Mayrl G, Resch H, Vass C, Garhofer G, Schmetterer L.
    Estimation of ocular rigidity based on measurement of pulse amplitude using pneumotonometry and fundus pulse using laser interferometry in glaucoma.
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2008 Sep;49(9):4046-50.

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