Robert MacLaren

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Robert MacLaren

Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Oxford

The focus of MacLaren’s research has been to apply basic science to understand the mechanisms of retinal degeneration, in order to find ways to intervene in (and possibly reverse) currently incurable forms of blindness. This research follows two broad themes: replacement of the RPE and/or replacement of photoreceptors. Robert is also one of the pioneers of robot-assisted ophthalmic surgery, and is one of the first surgeons in the world to implant an subretinal prosthesis. According to a nominator, he is “one of the stars of ophthalmic translational medicine, and a truly gifted surgeon to boot.”