The Power List 2016
Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London
Coffey’s key achievements include being an author of a seminal retinal transplantation publication, and being the principal author and co-author, respectively, of two landmark papers that described the use of human stem cells to halt visual deterioration in animal models of AMD. His work includes the use of human embryonic stem cells for treatment of macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa, and the development of a stem cell-based therapy for dry AMD. He is currently the director of the London Project at Moorfields Eye Hospital, which performs clinical trials of stem cell therapies for the treatment of AMD.