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Peter Heiduschka

Short CV

  Born 1960, married, 2 children
  Started my scientific carrier on the field of analytical chemistry and biosensorics in Halle/S. and Tübingen, Germany
1995 Joined the group of Prof. Solon Thanos at the University Eye Hospital in Tübingen, work on neurocompatible surface modifications and detection of nitric oxide
1997 moved with Solon Thanos to the University Eye Hospital Münster, Germany
2001 Habilitation in Münster: neuroprotection of axotomised retinal ganglion cells (RGC) and regeneration of RGC axons in rats
2003-2005 Laboratory head in the Ophthalmic research disease area at the Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research in Basel, Switzerland, on animal models of retinal degeneration
2005-2010 Research associate at the Centre for Ophthalmology in Tübingen, Section of Experimental vitreoretinal surgery, work on the retinal pigment epithelium, visual electrophysiology in small rodents, retinal degeneration
since 2010 Laboratory head at the University Eye Hospital in Münster

Scientifc Interest

  • degeneration of retinal ganglion cells and photoreceptors
  • neuroprotection and regeneration for restoration of vision
  • visual electrophysiology in small rodents
  • age-related processes in back of the eye and the immune system


  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
  • German Society for Neuroscience
  • German Society for Ophthalmology
Peter Heiduschka
Peter Heiduschka


University Eye Hospital Münster

Domagkstr. 15
D-48149 Münster

Phone: +49 251 83 57532
Fax:  +49 251 83 56003


Key Publications

  1. P. Heiduschka, S. Schnichels, N. Fuhrmann, S. Hofmeister, U. Schraermeyer, B. Wissinger, M.V. Alavi
    Electrophysiological and histologic assessment of retinal ganglion cell fate in a mouse model for OPA1-associated autosomal dominant optic atrophy.
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 51 (2010) 1424-1431
  2. P. Heiduschka & U. Schraermeyer
    Comparison of visual function in pigmented and albino rats by electroretinography and visual evoked potentials.
    Graefe’s Arch. Clin. Exp. Ophthalmol. 246 (2008) 1559-1573
  3. P. Heiduschka, S. Julien, S. Hofmeister, K.U. Bartz-Schmidt, U. Schraermeyer
    Bevacizumab (Avastin) does not harm retinal function after intravitreal injection as shown by electroretinography in adult mice.
    Retina 28 (2007) 46-55
  4. P. Heiduschka, H. Fietz, S. Hofmeister, S. Schultheiß, A. Mack, S. Peters, F. Ziemssen, B. Niggemann, S. Julien, K.U. Bartz-Schmidt, U. Schraermeyer
    Penetration of bevacizumab through the retina after intravitreal injection in monkey.
    Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 48 (2007) 2814-2823
  5. P. Heiduschka & S. Thanos
    Cortisol promotes survival and regeneration of axotomised retinal ganglion cells and enhances effects of aurintricarboxylic acid.
    Graefe’s Arch. Clin. Exp. Ophthalmol. 244 (2006) 1512-1521
  6. P. Heiduschka, D. Fischer & S. Thanos
    Recovery of visual evoked potentials after regeneration of cut retinal ganglion cell axons within the ascending visual pathway in adult rats
    Restor. Neurol. Neurosci. 23 (2005) 303-312
  7. P. Heiduschka, D. Fischer & S. Thanos
    Neuroprotection and regeneration after traumatic lesion of the optic nerve
    Klin. Monatsbl. Augenheilkd. 221 (2004) 684-701
  8. F. Turcu, K. Tratsk-Nitz, S. Thanos, W. Schuhmann & P. Heiduschka
    Ink-jet printing for micropattern generation of laminin for neuronal adhesion.
    J. Neurosci. Meth. 131 (2003) 141-148
  9. M. Groppe, S. Thanos, W. Schuhmann & P. Heiduschka
    Measurement of nitric oxide production by the lesioned rat retina with a sensitive nitric oxide electrode.
    Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 376 (2003) 797-807
  10. P. Heiduschka, I. Romann, T. Stieglitz & S. Thanos
    Perforated microelectrode arrays implanted in the regenerating adult central nervous system
    Exp. Neurol. 171 (2001) 1-10

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