harnett.jpegMary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD, is the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health-funded laboratory that studies mechanisms of normal and aberrant angiogenesis, particularly related to diabetic retinopathy, retinopathy of prematurity, and age-related macular degeneration.

Studying How Blood Vessels Grow

The mission of the laboratory is to understand what causes blood vessels to grow outside their normal tissue compartments and into other areas of the eye where they cause damage.

Rather than inhibit or destroy abnormal vessels, the goal is to understand what simulates endothelial cells of blood vessels to become activated to migrate and proliferate aberrantly, and once this is known, to then restore or contain blood vessel support to normal ocular compartments.

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