José-Alain Sahel

José-Alain Sahel is Professor of Ophthalmology at Pierre and Marie Curie University Medical School, Paris, France and Cumberlege Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, UK. He chairs a Department of Ophthalmology at the Quinze-Vingts National Ophthalmology Hospital and at the Rothschild Ophthalmology Foundation. He coordinates the Ophthalmology Clinical Investigation Centre and the National Reference Centre for Retinal Dystrophies. Dr Sahel is Director of the Vision Institute that comprises more than 17 research teams and more than 250 members focused on understanding the mechanisms associated with eye diseases and developing novel therapeutic strategies for currently untreatable retinal diseases. A key focus of his research is extending the functional life of cone photoreceptors in retinal degenerations.

Dr Sahel published over 250 peer-reviewed articles in specialty and general audience peer-reviewed journals and co-authored more than 20 patents. He has been the recipient of several awards, including Foundation Fighting Blindness Trustee Award, Alcon Research Institute Award, CNRS Medal of Innovation… He is a Member of the Academy of Sciences, Institut de France. He sits on several editorial boards, including the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Science Translational Medicine, Progress in Retinal and Eye research and Archives of Ophthalmology.

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