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S Schmitz-Valckenberg

The Power List 2015


Steffen Schmitz-Valckenberg

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.”


Part of the Power List 2015

Top 40 Under 40

In 2014, we compiled a list of the Top 100 most influential people in ophthalmology – an endeavor that received a significant amount of attention and, it’s fair to say, caused more than a little controversy. For our 2015 Top 40 Under 40 list we’ve taken a different approach, asking: who are the young, up-and-coming individuals set to rise to the top of their field? That’s the question we posed to ourselves – and then to you – ahead of open nominations and a painstaking judging process. Our list this year almost halves the average age of the celebrated individuals, with many of them born in the same year as the iconic Sex Pistols cover – 1977. Though we admit that no list of this type can be definitive, it does clearly show that the future of ophthalmology is very bright indeed. And so, without further ado, we celebrate the movers and shakers aged 40 or under who show what can be achieved with determination, passion and inspiration.

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