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Birgit Lorenz

Short CV

2012 Election as Member of the European Academy of Ophthalmology EAO
2012 Election as Member of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis AOI
Since 2011 Founder and Speaker of the Section Ophthalmic Genetics of the German Ophthalmological Society DOG
Since 2007 Professor of Neuroophthalmology and Strabismus, (W3) and Chairman, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Director Dept. of Ophthalmology, Universitaetsklinikum Giessen and Marburg GmbH, Giessen Campus
1996 – 2007 Head of the Department of Paediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismology and Ophthalmic Genetics (C2), Universitaetsklinikum, University of Regensburg
1991 – 1996 Full Professor of Ophthalmology (C2, strabismology, neuroophthalmology, paediatric ophthalmology and ophthalmic geneticist, University of Regensburg
1983 Clinical and research fellowship, Moorfields Eye Hospital London, Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London, Institute of Ophthalmology, London
1981 – 1991 Oberarzt, Dept of Ophthalmology, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich
1977 – 1981 Resident in Ophthalmology, Dept of Ophthalmology, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich


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Scientifc Interest

The particular interest of my research group lies in the clinical and molecular characterization of young patients with severe retinal neurodegenerative or neovascular disorders. We aim at developing new methods for morphological and functional analysis in order to improve diagnostics for early identification of patients suitable to be enrolled into new experimental clinical trials


  • ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology)
  • European Academy of Ophthalmology EAO
  • EPOS (European Pediatric Ophthalmological Society)
  • Officer of the International Society of Genetic Eye Diseases and Retinoblastoma ISGEDR
  • Academia ophthalmologica internationalis AOI
Birgit Lorenz
Birgit Lorenz

Research Group

Diagnostics and treatment of infantile and juvenile retinal disorders

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Justus-Liebig-University Giessen

Department of Ophthalmology

Friedrichstrasse 18
35392 Giessen

Phone: +49 641 985-43800
Fax: +49 641 985-43809



Key Publications

  1. Lorenz B, Strohmayr E, Zahn S, Friedburg C, Kramer M, Preising MN, Stieger K.
    Chromatic pupillometry dissects function of the three light sensitive retinal cell populations in RPE65 deficiency
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2012 August 53:5641 - 5652
  2. Lorenz B, Preising M, Stieger K.
    Retinal blinding disorders and gene therapy - Molecular and clinical aspects
    Curr Gene Ther 2010 Oct 1;10(5):350 - 370
  3. Lorenz B, Poliakov E, Schambeck M, Friedburg C, Preising MN
    A comprehensive clinical and biochemical functional study of a novel RPE65 hypomorphic mutation.,
    Redmond TM Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci December 2008 49:5235 - 5242
  4. Lorenz B, Spasovska K, Elflein H, Schneider N
    Wide-field digital imaging based telemedicine for screening for acute retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Six-years results of a multicentre field study

    Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol 2009 247:1251 – 1262
  5. Preising MN, Wegscheider E, Friedburg C, Poloschek CM, Wabbels BK, Lorenz B
    Fundus Autofluorescence in Carrier of Choroideremia and Correlation with Electrophysiologic and psyco-physical data
    Ophthalmology, Volume 116, Issue 6, June 2009, 1201-1209.e2
  6. Jandeck C, Kellner U, Lorenz B, Seiberth V
    Guidelines for ophthalmological screening of premature infants
    Ophthalmologe 2008 105:955 – 964
  7. Wabbels B, Demmler A, Paunescu K, Wegscheider E, Preising M, Lorenz B
    Fundus autofluorescence in children and teenagers with hereditary retinal diseases
    Graefe’s Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol 2006 244: 36 – 45
  8. Paunescu,K, Preising,M.N, Janke,B, Wissinger,B, Lorenz,B
    Genotype-phenotype correlation in a German family with a novel complex CRX mutation extending the open reading frame
    Ophthalmology 2007 114(7):1348 - 1357
  9. Lorenz, B, Wabbels, B, Wegscheider, E, Hamel, C.P, Drexler, W, Preising, M.N
    Lack of fundus autofluorescence to 488 nanometers from childhood on in patients with early-onset severe retinal dystrophy associated with mutations in RPE65
    Ophthalmology 2004 111 (8):1585 - 1594
  10. Lorenz B, Gyürüs P, Preising M, Bremser D, Gu S, Andrassi M, Gerth C, Gal A
    Early-onset severe rod-cone dystrophy in young children with RPE65 mutations
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2000 Aug;41(9):2735 - 273542

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