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Professor John Armitage


I am Director of Tissue Banking, responsible for the Bristol Eye Bank, one of the largest eye banks in Europe, and the Bristol Heart Valve Bank. These two tissue banks supply corneas and heart valves for use in patients throughout the UK. My research covers the storage of living cells and tissues used in transplantation as well as clinical follow-up studies on corneal transplant outcome. In particular I am interested how cells are damaged by freezing and how to avoid that damage (cryobiology). I also collaborate on research into corneal cell biology.

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  • cryobiology
  • organ transplants
  • tissue banking
  • eye banking
  • corneal transplantation