Macular degeneration and ophthalmogenetics
Carel Hoyng's research group specializes in studying the genetics of retinal disorders. The two main research activities are age-related macular degeneration , a research program which has been started to develop better visual rehabilitation, and Ophthalmogenetics.
Jeroen Klevering's group founded the RP5000 consortium, a collaboration between ophthalmologists and geneticists in the Netherlands. In preparation of future clinical trials, they are developing and implementing new imaging techniques for the comprehensive functional assessment of the retina.
Usher syndrome: Genetics and functional genomics
Hannie Kremer's group aims to identify genetic defects that underlie hereditary hearing impairment and to unravel the molecular pathogenesis. Identification of deafness genes provides knowledge on inner ear function. Furthermore, it will provide handles for the development of future therapy.