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Robert B. Nussenblatt, M.D., M.P.H.

Robert B. Nussenblatt, M.D., M.P.H.
Robert B. Nussenblatt, M.D., M.P.H.

National Eye Institute (NEI)
National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD


Current Projects

Dr. Nussenblatt serves as a world-class ocular immunologist and expert in designing and conducting clinical research studies. His main interest area is defining human immune mechanisms and how they relate to the eye. His broad area of research on uveitis now includes the role of inflammation in causing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Dr. Nussenblatt is investigating new therapeutic approaches to treating human disease, including oral tolerance and the use of natural products. His work is also focusing on epigenetic changes as a way to explain disease and non-disease in individuals with the same gene sequences.


Dr. Nussenblatt has authored hundreds of peer-reviewed research papers, dozens of book chapters, and several books, including a standard textbook on uveitis. His work has appeared in publications including the New England Journal of Medicine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Nussenblatt is also an editor for ophthalmology publications and holds several patents on ophthalmological procedures.

Research Highlights

The National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, leads the federal government's research on the visual system and eye diseases. NEI supports basic and clinical science programs that result in the development of sight-saving treatments.

National Eye Institute
(301) 496-5248

Department of Health and Human Services NIH, the National Institutes of Health