Preserving the Precious Gift of Sight

Murfee Chair

Kathryn and Latimer Murfee Chair

T. Michael Nork, MD, MS

Professor of Ophthalmology

McPherson Eye Research Institute

Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI


Dr. Nork’s Research Project

Functional and Cellular Mechanisms of Ischemic Retinal Injury

Current Research Interests

Dr. Nork is a clinician-scientist whose clinical subspecialty is diseases and surgery of the retina.  He is also fellowship trained in ophthalmic pathology.

The object of his basic laboratory research has been to understand how an inadequate blood supply (ischemia) to the retina affects its health.  Much of his initial and ongoing studies have looked at the ischemic changes that he and others found in the outer retina (rods and cones) in glaucoma and what this might mean for the health of the cells that are most damaged in glaucoma—the retinal ganglion cells.  Other retinal diseases, such as retina vascular occlusion, are unquestionably the result of reduced retinal circulation.  Working with animal models of branch retinal artery occlusion and glaucoma and applying advanced electrophysiologic and histopathologic examination, his lab hopes to better understand the underlying mechanisms of retina cellular damage with the long-term goal of developing pharmaceutical and other interventions that might mitigate such injury.

(Photo © Andy Manis)

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