The Power List 2018
Professor and Chair of Frontier Medical Science and Technology for Ophthalmology, at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan
Shigeru Kinoshita established, along with Richard Thoft, the concept of centripetal movement of corneal epithelium. This shed new light on the importance of the limbal epithelium and contributed to the development of corneal stem cell theory. Kinoshita’s group recently established systems to transplant cultivated mucosal epithelial stem cells and cultivated corneal endothelium.
What have been your career highlights?
“I have been pursuing the new modalities for corneal and ocular surface disorders.”
What are your goals for the future?
“I would like to establish the cultured corneal endothelial cell injection therapy for bullous keratopathy, and to try to educate young, energetic clinician-scientists.”
What has been your most successful collaboration?
“There have been many successful collaborations with universities and institutes in USA, EU and Asia. Thus, it is difficult to select one for the best.”
What drives you day-to-day?
Who have been your mentors?
“Richard A Thoft, Wayne Streilein, and Reizo Manabe.”