We mournfully bid farewell to
 

Egon Wolfgang Tistou Kerstan


* 12.10.1929      † 11.12.2021

A life, carried forward by vibrant interest, sincere involvement, and genuine empathy for his fellow man and for natural and artistic beauty, shaped by observation and the creative process, has come to an end.

We will greatly miss him, his zest for life and enthusiasm, his counsel and personal example.

In gratitude

The Board and advisory board of
Tistou and Charlotte Kerstan Foundation - Vision 20000
Vision - Art - Sensory Function

Prof. Dr. Karl-Ulrich Bartz-Schmidt
Prof. Dr. Thomas Euler
Prof. Dr. Hugo Hämmerle
Dr. Alfred Stett
Prof. Dr. Marius Ueffing
Dr. Claudia Zrenner
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Eberhart Zrenner


Whenever you happen to search for me, seek for me in your hearts.
Have I found home and hearth therein,
I shall live on in you.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Obituary

Tistou and Charlotte

Kerstan Foundation

Vision 2000


Vision - Art - Sensory Systems


ABOUT THE FOUNDATION


Dr. med. Charlotte Kerstan (1924-2005) dedicated her entire professional life as an ophthalmologist in order to grant the blind and visually impaired a perspective towards a better quality of life in the future.

Together with her husband Tistou Kerstan (1929-2021), a gifted and passionate landscape designer, she established in 1993 the "Tistou-and-Charlotte-Kerstan Foundation – Vision 2000" that began its charitable work by funding a special clinic for the visually impaired, the Low Vision Clinic, or "Sehbehindertenambulanz" (SBA) at the University Eye Hospital Tübingen.

The "Kerstan-Foundation" supports the quest for new pharmacological, gene therapy and cell-based cures as well as the development of a subretinal chip in order to give the blind and visually impaired the perspective of a better quality of life in the future.

Developing solutions for incurable retinal diseases

Many of the retinal diseases, especially age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and hereditary forms or retinal diseases are still incurable and affect over 1 million people in Germany alone.

The Kerstan Foundation aims to promote vision research at the University of Tübingen Centre for Ophthalmology in an interdisciplinary approach together with partners worldwide.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Egon Wolfgang Tistou Kerstan †
Founder and Chair
Passionate landscape designer, knowledgeable art collector and generous promoter of scientific research geared towards improving treatments for low vision patients.
Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. mult.
Eberhart Zrenner
Vice Chair
Former Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Tübingen and Director of the Research Institute of Ophthalmology at the University Eye Hospital Tübingen. Since 2013, Senior Professor at the Werner Reichardt Center for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN).
Prof. Dr.
Hugo Hämmerle
Former Director of the Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tübingen (NMI). Since January 2020 independent senior consultant in life science and medical technology.

MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY BOARD


Prof. Dr. med.
Karl Ulrich Bartz-Schmidt
Director of the University Eye Hospital Tübingen
Dr. Alfred Stett
Chief Executive Officer
Okuvision GmbH, Reutlingen
Prof. Dr.
Marius Ueffing
Director of the Institute for Ophthalmic Research, University of Tübingen
Dr. Claudia Zrenner
Historian
Tübingen
Prof. Dr. Thomas Euler
Deputy Director or the Institute for Ophthalmic Research, University of Tübingen

Activities


What the Foundation accomplished since its inception
1993 - 1999
Established the "Low Vision Center" in Tübingen
Funded research on neuroprotection
Supported young doctors studying genetics and hereditary diseases
2000 - 2008
Supported a special clinic for vision disorders of unclear origin
Funded research on maintaining optic nerve function
Supported Orthoptics at the Low Vision Center, as well as RP clinics
Provided initial funding for the subretinal chip project
Supported the elaboration of a masterplan for Neuroprotective Therapies
Funded a Senior Researcher in Residence for hereditary retinal degeneration
Supported experimental therapies
Helped establish a digitized patient database for clinical research purposes
Supported a clinical trial centre for eye diseases
Recent Projects and Work in Progress
2008 - 2012: 350,000 €
Supporting new neuropharmacological therapeutic approaches
Further development at the Low Vision Center of the University of the University Eye Hospital Tübingen
2010 - 2019: 4,200,000 €
Founding an endowed professorship for molecular mechanisms of hereditary retinal diseases at the Institute for Ophthalmic Research, University of Tübingen (Prof. M. Ueffing)
Since 2012: 6,600,000 €
Development of new therapies for retinal degenerative diseases including gene therapy: RD-Cure
Development of new diagnostic tools for early detection of retinal diseases
Establishing links to the network for rare diseases
Since 2019: 850,000 €
Development of new concepts for retinal prosthetics
Therapeutic developments on rhodopsin mutations

PARTNERSHIPS


Centre for Ophthalmology
University of Tübingen
Germany
Institute for Ophthalmic Research
University of Tübingen
Germany
University Eye Hospital
University of Tübingen
Germany
Cochlear Implant Centre
Ear-Nose-Throat Department
University of Tübingen
Germany
Centre for Neurosensory Systems (ZfN)
University of Tübingen
Germany
European Vision Institute (EVI)
Brussels
Belgium
Institut de la Vision
Paris
France
University of Oxford
England
Moorfields Eye Hospital
London
England
Max-Planck-Institutes
Tübingen
Germany
Dieter Schwarz Stiftung gGmbH
Neckarsulm
Germany
Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN)
University of Tübingen
Germany
Department. of Pharmacy
Ludwig-Maximilians University
Munich
Germany
Naturwissenschaftliches und Medizinisches Institut (NMI)
Reutlingen
Germany
Oregon Health and Science University
USA
NUS Eye Hospital
Singapore

SUPPORTING THE FOUNDATION


The KERSTAN FOUNDATION gratefully accepts donations in form of cash, checks and credit card transfers or in form of pieces of art and of bequests.
BW-Bank Stuttgart
IBAN: DE54 6005 0101 0001 0300 00
BIC/SWIFT: SOLADEST600
Quirin Privatbank, Stuttgart
IBAN: DE30 1011 0600 7022 2200 00
BIC/SWIFT: QUBKDEBBXXX

CONTACT


Tistou und Charlotte Kerstan Stiftung
Jasminweg 23
72076 Tübingen
Germany
+49 7071 650 512
info@kerstanstiftung.org
Non-profit status registered with
Regierungspräsidium Tübingen
Nr. 15-1/0563-49 Tue
UID Nr. DE814911621
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