Stem Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine in the Cornea

  • Christopher D. McTiernan
  • Isabelle Brunette
  • May Griffith
Part of the Fundamental Biomedical Technologies book series (FBMT)


Currently, full-thickness transplantation with human donor corneas is the most widely accepted treatment for corneal blindness. However, due to a severe shortage of human donor corneas as well as problems associated with the storage, screening, and immune response to allogeneic tissues, there has been a push to develop alternative therapies and materials for corneal tissue repair. Here, we review a range of stem cell-based therapies, prosthetics, and extracellular matrix-derived scaffolds, which have been utilized or are being developed for corneal regeneration in vitro, animal models, and human clinical trials.


Cornea Regenerative medicine Stem cell Biomaterial Implant 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher D. McTiernan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Isabelle Brunette
    • 1
    • 2
  • May Griffith
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital Research CentreMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of OphthalmologyUniversity of MontrealMontrealCanada

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