Miriam Kolko

Miriam Kolko

Clinical Associate Professor, Professor


  • Afdeling for Øjensygdomme (Department of Ophthalmology), Rigshospitalet, Valdemar Hansens Vej 1-23, 2600 Glostrup
  • Institut for Lægemiddeldesign og Farmakologi (Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology), Universitetsparken 2, 2100 Copenhagen


  • Professor in Translational Eye Research at University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
  • Chief Physician (glaucoma specialist) at the Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet)
  • Fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology, Glaucoma (FEBOS-GL)
  • President of the Danish Glaucoma Society 
  • Board member of Fight for Sight, Denmark
  • Elected glaucoma chair European Association for Vision and Eye Research, EVER
  • Elected member of board of directors Acta Ophthalmologica
  • Elected member of Associate Advisory Board (AAB), World Glaucoma Association
  • Co-Chair of neuroprotection special interest group, European Glaucoma Society (EGS)
  • Part of the management team at Dept. of Drug Design and Pharmacology (DDP), UCPH
  • Member of the research strategy committee, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Rigshospitalet
  • Head of Research Cluster for Personalised Medicine, DDP, UCPH
  • Head of Research Group, Eye Translational Research Unit, EyeTRU, UCPH
  • National and international coordinator of multicenter studies within glaucoma disease research.
  • Jury member of funding applications from national research council's (Belgium and Canada) and several other national and international foundations
  • Board Member of Carl and Nicoline Larsen’s Foundation
  • Member of assessment committee and chair of committees for the appointment of assistant, associate, and full professors
  • Editorial board member (e.g. Molecular Neurobiol., Cell. and Mol. Neurobiol., Acta Ophthal.)
  • Director of glaucoma in the Region of Zealand (2014-2017).
  • Head of Section at the Dept. of Drug Design and Pharmacology, UCPH (2018-2019).


  • Medical Doctor degree, University of Copenhagen.
  • Fulbright Scholar, Louisiana State University (LSU), Neuroscience Center, US
  • PhD from LSU, Neuroscience Center and Dept. of Ophthalmology, US.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships at Louisiana State University, Neuroscience Center, US.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCPH, Dept. of Ocular Pathology.
  • Medical Internships in surgery, emergency medicine, and ophthalmology in the Region of Copenhagen.
  • Residency in Ophthalmology in the Region of Copenhagen.
  • Fellowship in Glaucoma at the Copenhagen University Hospital.
  • Clinical exchanges in glaucoma in US (New York, Sacramento), Belgium (Leuven), India (Madurai)
  • More courses in pedagogy
  • Fellow of the EuropeanBoard of Ophthalmology, Glaucoma
  • Several leadership and management courses


  • Top 1% of scholars writing about Glaucoma, Expertscape's PubMed-based algorithms
  • On the Ophthalmologist's Power List, 2021
  • Received the largest grant to date from the Synoptik Foundation
  • Lions prize, 2018
  • Award of Excellence from the Danish Ophthalmological Society, 2018
  • Medivit Award, 2014 and 2016
  • Victor Larsens Award, 2006
  • Fulbright Scholar, 1995
  • Awarded research funding of >25 million DKK (>3.3 mill EUR)
  • Invited speaker, hereunder keynotes and honorary, at more than 80 scientific meetings


  • I head translational research projects within the field of neurodegenerative eye diseases
  • I am national coordinator of clinical multicenter studies within glaucoma
  • I have successfully supervised 5 postdocs, 5 PhD students (3 as main supervisor), 3 research assistants, 21 master students, 16 scholar students, and 19 bachelor students
  • I currently supervise 10 PhD students (8 as main supervisor, 2 as co-supervisor), 3 master students, 1 bachelor student
  • I have more than 100 peer-reviewed papers,10 editorial reviews, 22 popular science papers, and 7 book chapters.


  • I direct course work for medical students, residents in ophthalmology, and pharmacy students
  • I consult eye patients, including medical treatment, laser treatments and glaucoma surgeries
  • I organize seminars, conferences, and public events to facilitate collaborations and community outreach activities
  • I have several leadership roles and continuously try to create a transparent, trustworthy, and authentic work environment with motivated students, coworkers, and staff
  • I function as an opinion leader and as an external advisor to the pharma industry
  • I am national coordinator/principal investigator of more industry-sponsored clinical trials
  • I am engaged in outreach activities to improve treatment and diagnostic strategies for patients

This is an abbreviated resume of my full CV - full CV available upon request.


Professor in Translational Eye Research, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen

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