Van der Merwe Group Research
1) Ocular research with particular emphasis on the anterior segment including the aqueous outflow pathway and morphogenesis of the corneal endothelium – collaboration with Emeritus Prof Susan Kidson.
2) Diabetes related basic research. The underlying central theme in our research falls broadly within the field of vascular biology and more recently with a strong interest in regenerative medicine. Current studies include: Regeneration of the pancreas with particular interest on the understanding the neurovascular relationships in newly formed pancreatic islets. Another project focusses on vascular changes in key organs in early diabetes with emphasis on the very early pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy. Collaborations with Assoc Prof Dirk Lang and Dr Asfree Gwanyanya of the Div Physiological Sciences, Dept Human Biology.