Jesper Hjortdal graduated from Aarhus University in 1988 and has clinically been trained in Denmark and at Moorfields Eye Hospital, UK. He became a Consultant at the Department of Ophthalmology in Aarhus in 2001 and Clinical Professor in 2009. Jesper Hjortdal has since 2009 been Medical Director of the Danish Cornea Bank which annually distributes 600 donor corneas to the Danish corneal transplant centers. Since 2014 he has been Head of the Master Programme for Optometry and Visual Sciences at Aarhus University.
His research focus has mainly been on corneal optics, biomechanics, corneal transplantation, and banking and refractive surgery, and he has published more than 200 papers/book chapters.
He is past president of the Danish Ophthalmological Society and the European Eye Bank Association, currently a board member of ESCRS, President of EuCornea, and co-Editor of Acta Ophthalmologica and Current Eye Research. In 2013, Jesper Hjortdal received the Waring Medal for Editorial Excellence for a paper on SMILE surgery and in 2019 he was a Bjerrum lecturer in the Danish Ophthalmological Society.
Currently, Jesper Hjortdal is WP leader in a major EU supported project, VISICORT, which is a multi-disciplinary project on expertise in basic immunology, bio-sampling, systems biology/immune profiling, bioinformatics, clinical tissue transplantation, and cell therapy. He is also participating in the EU supported ARREST BLINDNESS project. Within the project, participants are developing and validating advanced regenerative and restorative therapies to treat the loss of corneal transparency. In addition, Jesper Hjortdal is a WP leader in a newly started EU-supported project, VEMoS on the development and validation of a Virtual eye model system for personalized refractive surgery treatment.
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