The Network of Excellence in Corneal Regeneration

Jesper Hjordal, MD, PhD

Consultant, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Aarhus University Hospital
Medical Director of The Danish Cornea Bank
Clinical Professor in Ophthalmology, Aarhus University


MD ( Aarhus University
Ph.D. Biomechanical studies of the cornea. Aarhus University
Specialist in ophthalmology



Basic residency in medicine and surgery on hospitals in Aarhus (1990).

Research assistant (ophthalmology) on Aarhus University Hospital and Stanford University (1990-1994).

Resident in ophthalmology on Aarhus University Hospital (1994-1998).

Senior staff specialist, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Aarhus University Hospital (1998-2000).

Honorary fellow to the Cornea and External Diseases, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK. (2000-2001).


Research interest:

Ocular surface restoration, corneal modelling by photochemical treatment, intrastromal femto-second laser ablation, corneal banking & corneal transplantation.


Scientific activities:
Price award Aarhus University Gold Medal (1987).
Ph. D. Thesis Biomechanical studies of the cornea (1995).
Doctor of Medicine: On the Biomechanical Properties of the Cornea with Particular Reference to Refractive Surgery (Aarhus University 1998).


Journal reviewer:

Acta Ophthalmologica / Eye / Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science / British Journal of Ophthalmology / Journal of Refractive Surgery / Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery / Journal of Biomechanics / Ophthalmology / Journal of Optometry / Experimental Eye Research.

Editorial board member:

Journal of Refractive Surgery, Acta Ophthalmologica.



Acta Ophthalmologica (since 2013)
Opponent / reviewer of doctoral and PhD theses: Universities of Aarhus, Copenhagen, Oslo, Örebro,
Göteborg, Stockholm (Karolinska Institutet), Tampere, and Helsinki.


Teaching experience:
Medical students (University level) Macroscopic anatomy, Institute of Anatomy, Aarhus University (48 months)
Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology (2000-2009) / Professor in Ophthalmology (since 2009).
Ophthalmology Residents: Teacher at specialist training courses since 1996 (Cornea, optics).
Manager and Chairman of the specialist training courses in ophthalmology in Denmark from 2003 to 2009.


Management experience:
Manager and chairman of the specialist education in ophthalmology in Denmark from 2003 to 2009.

President of the Danish Ophthalmological Society 2010-2015.
President of the European Eye Bank Association 2013-2016 (now Past-President).

Medical Director of The Danish Eye Bank since 2009. The bank has been reorganised and modernised through the last years, and includes a staff of a technical manager, 3 technicians, and 2 tissue coordinators.
Clinical Director of the corneal and refractive surgery service at Aarhus University Hospital since 2007. The staff team includes 4 optometrists, 2 medical doctors, 2 operating nurses, and one secretary. The team performs 1.500 surgical annual procedures including corneal transplantation (penetrating, anterior, and posterior lamellar), minor surface procedures for pterygium, and laser refractive procedures (PRK, femtosecond-LASIK, ReLEx).



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The NExCR is managed by the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)
Action BM1302 "Joining Forces in Corneal Regeneration Research" 2014-2017.