The Power List 2015
Schmitz-Valckenberg’s research is focused on AMD, retinal imaging, fundus autofluorescence and molecular imaging. He has contributed to over 60 publications and 16 book chapters, and acted as co-editor of “Atlas of Fundus Autofluorescence Imaging”. He predicts that the next big advance in ophthalmology will be the increasing number of intravitreal agents available for the treatment of retinal diseases.
A nominator said: “Steffen has made major contributions in the field of geographic atrophy due to age-related AMD. He played a pivotal role in the development and validation of quantitative analyses of areas of geographic atrophy, based on cSLO-fundus autofluorescence, a method that is now used in basically all interventional clinical trials as an anatomic main outcome measure in patients with geographic atrophy. He leads the GRADE Reading Center in Bonn, Germany, and is thus involved in many ongoing natural history and interventional clinical studies on dry AMD.”