›› 2011, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (8): 1057-.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8115.2011.08.001

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Current situation and prospects of translational medicine in ophthalmology

FAN Xian-qun, XU Xiao-fang   

  1. Department of Ophthalmology, Institute of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, the Ninth People's Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200011, China
  • Online:2011-08-28 Published:2011-08-29
  • Supported by:

    National Natural Science Founding of China, 30973279, 81000404;Shanghai Leading Academic Discipline Project, S30205


Translational medicine is a two-way research system between basic research and clinical medicine. It converts the problems found in clinic into the directions of basic research, and then quickly promotes the clinical applications of basic scientific research. It is a two-way, cyclic, upward and endless process. Applications of translational medicine in ophthalmology include therapy for diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration, studies of artificial cornea and corneal stem cell markers, construction of engineering bone tissues in surgical repair of orbital fracture, genic location of genetic eye diseases and development of new drugs. Translational research in ophthalmology is at the exploratory stage, and there are still many issues to be addressed.

Key words: translational medicine, ophthalmology, basic medicine