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Indo-Swedish research collaboration on treating corneal blindness

September 23, 2021 - 10:33

The Integrative Regenerative Medicine Centre at the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKE), Linköping University, is involved in a collaborative research project on Corneal Blindness with the LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India. In December 2013, the project entitled Regenerative Implants as an Alternative to Transplantation of Donated Corneas for Treating Blindness” was selected for funding from the Strategic Indo-Swedish Cooperative Innovation Programme, jointly administered by The Department of Biotechnology, Government of India (DBT); the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA); and the Swedish Research Council (SRC). The project is led by Professor May Griffith at IKE.
Corneal Blindness is one of the most common causes of blindness in India. India in fact shoulders the largest burden of global blindness, about 3.5 million across the country with 30000 new cases being added each year. While many cases of corneal blindness is treatable by transplantation, within India. An estimated 35,000 corneas harvested every year, and only 60% of these are of sufficient quality for use whereas 150,000 are required annually to combat corneal blindness. Read more about the Indo-Swedish research project.
Indo-Swedish research collaboration on treating corneal blindness


September 23, 2021