Aniridia Europe is pleased to share the news sent by Prof. Barbara Käsmann-Kellner of the University of Saarland, in Germany.

The Schwiete Stiftung consortium, a charity donor, will support the University of Saarland with 2.5 Million Euros. The Department of Ophthalmology will thus have the opportunity to finance a professor, a doctor in biology and laboratory equipment for 5 years, with 500,000 Euros per year, for research on aniridia and limbal stem cell insufficiency, since many institutions don’t have the money to cover for this.

This is the result of the huge effort of a team formed by Prof. Dr. Berthold Seitz, Prof. Dr. Barbara Käsmann-Kellner, Dr. Lorenz Latta and Tanja Stachon MSc., that expressed their profound gratitude to the Schwiete Stiftung consortium for accepting their application and for providing staff and financial resources to the University for these objectives.

The whole aniridia community considers this to be a great opportunity to perform good research on aniridia and to make a further step in the search for a better management of this genetic condition and for a higher quality of life of the patients.