Dr Peter van Wijngaarden
MBBS, PhD, FRANZCO
Dr Peter van Wijngaarden is a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) and a Senior Clinical Fellow at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.
After finishing top of his class in Medicine at Monash University, Peter moved to the Department of Ophthalmology at Flinders University, South Australia to complete his PhD in the field of retinal vascular biology. He then trained as an ophthalmologist in Victoria and became a Research Fellow at CERA.
In 2011, Peter was awarded an NHMRC Overseas Based Clinical Research Fellowship to pursue his research interests at the University of Cambridge, UK. He developed experience in regeneration of the central nervous system in multiple sclerosis, working under Professor Robin Franklin.
Returning to CERA in 2013, Peter's research focuses on three broad areas: harnessing the power of endogenous stem cells for regeneration in multiple sclerosis, interactions between neurons and glial cells in eye disease, and diabetic retinopathy.