Kaarniranta AMD Lab

Research group

We are a tight-knit, multidisciplinary group of researchers who study age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Our group is led by the world-renowned Professor Kai Kaarniranta (M.D.; Ph.D.; Chief Physician at the Department of Ophthalmology, Kuopio University Hospital (KUH); Head of Ophthalmology Department).

We do our utmost to study AMD from various angles in hopes of discovering new, crucial information about its mechanisms.

Group description

Introducing image of the groupKaarniranta AMD Lab

Kaarniranta's research team (partial). Names from left to right: K. Kaarniranta, J. Ruuth, A. Koskela, S. Felszeghy, A. Seppänen, M. Liukkonen.

Our AMD research group studies regulatory mechanisms of protein aggregation, as well as lysosomal and autophagy clearance in retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells. We also wish to understand the function of molecular chaperones in these clearance processes. We aim to find new autophagy linked therapies for AMD.

Our researchers and staff, as well as our collaborators around the globe, are all united by shared commitment to new scientific discovery on AMD. We seek to uncover and answer key questions in basic and preclinical research, allowing us to find novel therapies and cures for AMD for the benefit of tomorrow. Our vision is to connect talented young scientists with world-class leaders in AMD research and thereby promote discoveries that impact AMD care for the benefit of all.

See our group’s homepage for more information about AMD, our research, the team itself, what we’ve been doing, and how to contact us.

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Group members - UEF

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