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Dr Ben Mead

Dr Ben Mead


+44(0)29 2087 0502
3.04, Optometry and Vision Sciences, Maindy Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ

I am a neuroscientist developing new therapies to better treat traumatic and degenerative eye diseases, including glaucoma. My research focuses on the the use of stem cells and their secreted compounds to prevent cellular loss in the retina and preserve vision. My work also seeks to better model eye disease, either with more robust animal models or through the utilization of human retinal culture systems. I collaborate closely with the National Eye Institute, NIH, USA along with the University of Birmingham. I am happy to communicate with individuals seeking to learn more about my work along with any potential collabarators or prospective students.








I have taught human neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health along with neuroscience and pharmacology at the University of Birmingham.

At Cardiff University I currently teach about the neurophysiology of vision.

Research Interests

  • Extracellular vesicle/exosome therapies as a treatment for traumatic and degeneration eye disease
  • Mesenchymal stem cell treatment for glaucoma
  • Molecular mechanisms of glaucoma and the development of more robust animal models
  • Central nervous system axon regeneration and the optic nerve as a model for CNS injury
  • Human embryonic stem cell-derived retina as an animal-free model for eye disease

Major Collaborations

  • Dr Zubair Ahmed, University of Birmingham, UK – Regeneration of the optic nerve
  • Dr Ben Scheven, University of Birmingham, Dental School, UK – Therapeutic application of dental stem cells for neural repair
  • Dr Stanislav Tomarev, National Institutes of Health, USA – Stem cell therapy in glaucoma
  • Dr Anand Swaroop, National Institutes of Health, USA – RNAseq of purified RGC
  • Dr Jennifer Jones, National Institutes of Health, USA – Exosomes and NanoSight
  • Dr Yuzhe Niu, National Institutes of Health, USA – Neural crest cell culture
  • Dr Richard Libby, University of Rochester, NY, USA – DBA/2J glaucoma mouse model
  • Prof Donald Zack, John Hopkins University, USA –Human iPSC/RGC culture
  • Prof Paul Kaufman, New York University, USA – Primate models of glaucoma
  • Prof Steven Bernstein, University of Maryland, USA – Optic nerve head