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Elke Lütjen-Drecoll

  • born 1944 in Ahlerstedt/Germany
  • Education:

    • High School,
    • University (grant of “Studienstiftung des dt. Volkes”);
    • MD Med. Faculty;
    • Habilitation (Anatomy and Embryology)

  • Positions held:

    • Research assistant Dept of Anatomy, Marburg;
    • Associate Professor, Erlangen;
    • Full professor and head of the Department, Erlangen
    • President  Academy of Science and Literature, Mainz;
    • Associate Editor (IOVS)
    • Vice-president of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences.


  • Award of the “Stifterverband” (Mainz/Germany) ;
  • Glaucoma Award (Heidelberg);
  • Albrecht-von Graefe-Award (DOG Heidelberg);
  • Endre Balazs Price (at ICER-meeting);
  • Bayerischer Maximilians-Orden (for science ant art by the Bavarian Minister-President);
  • Affiliation with the “Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina (Halle);
  • Award of the Intern. Glaucoma Symp.”, Florenz;
  • Ernst-H. Bárány Prize (ICER-Congress Sidney (Australia);
  • twice: ALCON Research Institute Annual Award, Fort Worth/Texas;
  • Helen Keller Prize for Vis. and Res. (ARVO, Fort Lauderdale);
  • Verdienstorden des Landes Rheinland Pfalz (by the Minister-President of Rheinland Pfalz).
Elke Lütjen-Drecoll
Elke Lütjen-Drecoll


University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Department of Anatomy II
91054 Erlangen

Phone: 49 9131 852 2865
Fax: 49 9131 852 2862



Scientific Interests

  • Functional morphology of the eye
  • Ageing
  • Presbyopia
  • Glaucoma


  • Morphological methods


  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology  (ARVO)
  • International Society for Eye Research (ISER)
  • Glaucoma Society; European Vision Institute (EEIG);
  • Deutsche Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft (DOG)
  • Member in the Editorial Board of 7 Ophthalmic Journals;

Further Activities

  • Associate Editor “Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS)
  • Editor of six other journals
  • President of the Academy of Science and Literature, Mainz Germany
  • Vice-president of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences


  1. Neumann C, Yu A, Welge-Lüßen U, Lütjen-Drecoll E
    The effect of TGF-β2 on elastin, type VI collagen, and components of the proteolytic degradation system in human optic nerve astrocytes
    Invest Ophthalm Vis Sci 2008, 49(4): 1464-1472, 2008
  2. Scholz M, Buder T, Seeber S, Adamek E, Becker CM, Lütjen-Drecoll E.
    Dependency of Intraocular Pressure Elevation and Glaucomatous Changes in DBA/2J and DBA/2J-Rj Mice.
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2008 Feb;49(2):613-21, 2008.
  3. Fuchshofer R, Welge-Lüßen U, Lütjen-Drecoll E, Birke M
    Biochemical and morphological analysis of basement membrane component expression in corneoscleral and cribriform human trabecular meshwork cells
    IOVS Vol 47 No 3: 794-801, 2006
  4. Nilsson S F E, Drecoll E, Lütjen-Drecoll E, Toris C B, Krauss A H-P, Kharlamb A, Nieves A, Guerra T, Woodward D F
    The prostanoid EP2 receptor agonist Butaprost increases uveoscleral outflow in the Cynomolgus monkey
    IOVS Vol 47 No 9: 4042-4049, 2006
  5. Bachmann B, Birke M, Kook D, Eichhorn M, Lütjen-Drecoll E
    Ultrastructural and biochemical evaluation of the porcine anterior chamber perfusion model
    IOVS Vol 47 No 5:2011-2020, 2006
  6. Gottanka J, Kuhlmann A, Scholz M, Johnson DH, Lütjen-Drecoll E
    Pathophysiologic changes in the optic nerves of eyes with primary open angle and pseudoexfoliation glaucoma.
    Invest Ophthalmol & Vis Sci, Vol 46 No 11, 2005
  7. Fuchshofer R, Birke M, Welge-Luessen U, Kook D, Lütjen-Drecoll E
    Transforming growth factor-β2 modulated extracellular matrix component expression in cultured human optic nerve head astrocytes
    Invest Ophthalmol & Vis Sci, Vol 46 No 2 : 568-578, 2005
  8. Ohlmann AV, Adamek E, Ohlmann E, Lütjen-Drecoll E.
    Norrie gene production is necessary for repression of hyaloid vessels
    Invest Ophthalmol & Vis Sci, Vol 45 No 7: 2384-2390, 2004
  9. May CA, Neuhuber W, Lütjen-Drecoll E
    Immunohistochemical classification and functional morphology of human choroidal ganglion cells
    Invest Ophthalmol & Vis Sci, Vol 45 No 2 : 361-367, 2004
  10. Gottanka J, Chan D, Eichhorn M, Lütjen-Drecoll E, Ethier R
    Effects of TGF-β2 in perfused human eyes.
    Invest Ophthalmol & Vis Sci, Vol 45 No 1: 153-158, 2004

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