Angiogenesis refers to the development of new blood vessels, which is a necessary component of many body functions. When deregulated, it can cause disease, which is associated with the formation of new blood vessels into the cornea that normally does not contain blood vessels. The program in Corneal Angiogenesis Research is comprised of investigators working to understand the regulation of new blood vessel growth in the cornea, under abnormal conditions. As vision loss in several important corneal diseases is caused by abnormal new blood vessel growth, the main goal of this work is to identify factors that could be used to treat these conditions by inhibiting angiogenesis.
Reza Dana, M.D., M.P.H.