Kristina Narfström has been the Ruth M. Kraeuchi Missouri Endowed Professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA, since 2001. After her move to USA, she received Adjunct Professorships in Ophthalmology at the Department of Ophthalmology, Mason Eye Institute, and in Biomedical Engineering, both also at the University of Missouri. She obtained a D.V.M. degree at the College of Veterinary Medicine in Stockholm, Sweden, 1973, and a V.M.D. (equal to Ph.D.), at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Linköping, Sweden, in 1985. She was appointed a Professor in Veterinary Surgery and Ophthalmology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden, in 1992. At the same year, she obtained a Diplomate status in the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. She was the Department Chair and Vice Dean at that same University for a 6- and a 4-year period, respectively. She has also been the President of the following organizations: International Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology, European Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology, and European College of Veterinary Ophthalmology, and has received many honorable prizes for her achievements. Her research interests concern spontaneous comparative hereditary retinal diseases of dogs and cats as models for human retinal blinding disease processes. She has become involved in numerous international research projects in the field of retinal gene therapy, neuronal progenitor cell therapy, retinal transplantation, and implantation of retinal prosthetics.
Biography Updated on 3 May 2009