Joana holds a BSc in Biology, a MSc in Evolutionary and Developmental Biology and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. Her work has been focused on the impact of non-canonical Wnt signaling in the collective behavior of endothelial cells — cells that made up the lining of blood vessels — found in the umbilical cord of newborns.
Despite being successful, corneal neurotization — a surgical procedure that seeks to restore nerve function in the cornea — does not guarantee neurotrophic keratitis (NK) patients will fully regain their ... Read more
Oxervate (cenegermin) can promote wound healing and improve visual acuity in patients at the earlier stages of neurotrophic keratitis (NK), a small pilot study found. However, treatment with the prescription eye ... Read more
Plans to request that OC-01 (varenicline), Oyster Point Pharma‘s lead therapy candidate for a series of eye disorders, be cleared for testing in a Phase 2 trial in people with neurotrophic keratitis ... Read more
An ointment containing epidermal growth factor (EGF) — a small protein that stimulates the growth of cells making up the surface of different tissues — can promote tissue healing, improve ... Read more
Various mechanisms by which thymosin beta 4 (Tβ4) — a molecule currently being investigated to treat eye disorders that include dry eye syndrome and neurotrophic keratitis — promotes tissue healing and regeneration ... Read more
Damage to the trigeminal nerve — a large and complex nerve that controls tear production, and facial movement and sensation — during brain surgery led to neurotrophic keratitis (NK) developing in ... Read more