May Griffith

Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Université de Montréal

Regenerative medicine, Opthomology, Low vision in aging population, Cornea, Bench-to-bedside, Biomaterials, Implants, Blindness



May Griffith is a full professor at the Universite de Montreal's Department of Ophthalmology, and a researcher at the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital Research Centre. She is best known for leading a multinational, interdisciplinary team that achieved the world’s first successful regeneration of the human cornea using biosynthetic implants, as an alternative to donor tissues that are severely in short supply globally. She and her team are developing biomaterials as implants to promote regeneration of patients’ organs by stimulating their endogenous cells to affect the repair. She had led an international, multi-disciplinary team to successfully regenerate cornea tissue and nerves in a first-in-human clinical trial of 10 patients, and a follow-up human clinical trial with patients diagnosed with being at high risk of rejecting conventional donor corneal transplantation. With her collaborators, she is also developing biomaterials for use in other target organs. As a woman and visible minority, Griffith promotes science as a career for girls and equity for women scientists.


  • Regenerative medicine
  • Opthomology
  • Low vision in aging population
  • Cornea
  • Bench-to-bedside
  • Biomaterials
  • Implants
  • Blindness