Raymond Lund, Ph.D.
Dr Lund received his Ph.D. in Anatomy from University College London in 1963. Following graduation, he joined the faculty of the University College London and received tenure in 1965. Shortly there after, he moved to the United States to join the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout his career, Dr. Lund has held several impressive academic positions including Chair of the Anatomy Department at the Medical University of South Carolina, Chair of the Neurobiology and Anatomy Department at the University of Pittsburgh, chair of the Anatomy Department at the University of Cambridge in England, the Duke Elder Professorship at the Institute of Ophthalmology in London, and the Calvin and JeNeal Hatch Chair of Ophthalmology at the Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah. In 2005, he was appointed Vice Chair of research at the Moran Eye Center in Utah. Currently, Dr. Lund is an Adjunct Professor at the Casey Eye Institute, part of Oregon Health Sciences University, where his close relation with retinal degeneration clinician/scientists makes translational opportunities easier.
Throughout his career, Dr. Lund’s research has centered on the response of the CNS to injury and mechanisms of rescue and repair. Focusing on the retina and its connections with the brain, he pioneered eye transplants in mammals in the late 70s. Currently, he is investigating the use of cell-based therapies for photoreceptor degeneration in animal models of human disease. The goals of his research are to determine whether the animals can see after the cell-based therapies, characterize the extent and mechanism of vision recovery and find alternative sources to using freshly harvested cells. As the result of his efforts, he has forged several collaborations with biotechnology companies to facilitate the translation of the laboratory discoveries to clinic. In fact, some of the work has already advanced to clinical trials. His scientific contribution and hard work have led to a number of prestigious awards including the Herrick Award from the American Association of Anatomists, a NIH Merit Award, the Eldridge Green Medal from the Royal college of Ophthalmologist and the Wacker Prize from the Jules Gonin Club. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, UK as well as an elected member of the Academia Europea. He has authored over 200 articles and reviews and has served on numerous advisory boards and committees.