Research | Queen’s University Canada

Corneal Fingerprint

The cornea is one of the most densely innervated tissues in the human body. The high presence of sensory nerve endings makes the cornea extremely sensitive to pain and changes at the eye’s surface. This is particularly important in regulating tear production, a function which is impaired in dry eye disease. By analyzing changes in nerve patterns and ion channel expression, we aim to further clarify the role of corneal nerves in spontaneous pain and tear production in dry eye disease. This image shows the structural βIII-tubulin component of mouse corneal nerves at their unique convergence point.
Submission Year: 
Photographer's affiliation: 
Graduate student
Academic areas: 
Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs
Health Sciences
Art of Research categories: 
Good health and well-being
[Photo capturing the sensory nerve endings of the cornea]
Grad student
Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Medicine
Health, Wellness and the Determinants of Human Health
Patient-Oriented Research, Transformative Health Care and Health Promotion
Location of photograph: 
Botterell Hall, Queen's University
Photographer's name: 
Cassandra Brand
Display Photographers Affiltion + Faculty or Department: 
Graduate Student, Translational Medicine