About Professor Gerard Sutton

Prof Sutton lead the corneal research team at Save Sight Institute, Sydney Medical School. He has academic and clinical appointments at the Sydney Medical School Foundation, is the Medical Director of Lions NSW Eye Bank and consultant corneal and refractive specialist at Vision Eye Institute, Chatswood. His goal is translational research focusing on treating keratoconus and corneal regeneration.

Keratoconus research: Keratoconus is a bilateral progressive, non-inflammatory degenerative ectasia of the cornea that causes loss of visual function, due to thinning and distortion of the cornea. The Keratoconus research group aims to find out the exact causes to the disease and improve/develop effective diagnosis and treatment methods. We have achieved significant progression on identifying a potential interaction network specific for Keratoconus. Validation of this molecular network is ongoing. Corneal Regeneration Medicine: The corneal research group has begun the task of trying to culture and develop new methods of transplanting corneal cells including epithelial, stromal and endothelial cells. The research focus is on testing different biomaterials/culturing subtracts that will ease transplantation process and improve the successful rate of transplantation.

Prof Sutton has published over hundreds articles in peer-reviewed literature and has provided over 150 invited lectures both locally and internationally highlighting his standing within ophthalmology. In 2014 he was invited to sit on the Delphi panel for keratoconus and remains the only Australian member on the panel which aims to provide direction for future research into keratoconus.

Please refer the website for more information about the team and projects: http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/eye/research/corneal-research/index.php