“Mass Spectrometry-based Tear Proteomics” is among the top 10 most-cited papers

Our research paper “Mass Spectrometry-based Tear Proteomics for Noninvasive Biomarker Discovery” published in Mass Spectrometry Reviews, has made it to the top 10 most-cited papers!
A heartfelt thank you to our research team and all the scientists who cited our work. Your support drives us to continue our exploration for noninvasive diagnostic solutions.
For anyone interested in how tear proteomics can revolutionize biomarker discovery, you can find our paper here.

XV Prize ITWIIN: special mention to Erika Ponzini

XV prize ITWIIN special mention certificate

On October 20th, at the Award Ceremony of the XV Prize ITWIIN, during the Conference ”Synergy between research, industry and society: women promoters of innovation“ at the Assolombarda of Monza and Brianza, an honorable mention went to Dr. Erika Ponzini for her research on human tears. ITWIIN, The Italian Association of Women Inventors and Innovators, is an Italian women’s association which acts in the field of invention and innovation, both autonomously and in collaboration with other entities.

109th National Congress of the Italian Physical Society – Optometry symposium

Poster of the Italian Physical Society congress 2023COMiB participated in the Optometry Symposium of the 109th National Congress of the Italian Physical Society in Fusciano – Salerno (11-15 September) with the following oral communications:

 Silvia Tavazzi (invited speaker)
Surface wetting and friction of Kalifilcon A, a novel silicone-hydrogel contact lens.

 Fabrizio Zeri
Non Invasive break up time: automatic computerized versus manual assessment.

 Erika Ponzini
Comparison of tear film stability assessment procedures by non-invasive and fluorescein tear breakup time measurement.

COMiB at the CSO Annual Conference

Fabrizio Zeri presented his research project during the CSO annual conference.On 1st June, Fabrizio Zeri presented  three papers as invited speaker at the CSO Annual Conference held at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence (It). The papers were titled: “Open field aberrometry: a wide look into the future”, “Enhancing the tear film assessment: the Dry Eye Report”, and “Is automatic NIBUT reliable?”.

108th National Congress of the Italian Physical Society – Optometry symposium

This year the Italian Physical Society organizes its 108th National Congress in Milan (12-16 September). Within the framework of Applied physics, a symposium on optometry has been organized (15 September) with the following program:


Chair: Barbieri M., Università di Roma Tre

Tavazzi S., Does blue-violet filtering affect contrast sensitivity?
Pitarresi Giannone C., Analisi vettoriale dell’astigmatismo: Confronto tra refrazione oggettiva aberrometrica e refrazione soggettiva.
Cozza F., Ocular involvement occurs frequently at all stages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Preliminary experience in a large Italian cohort.
Grasso P.A., Viewing distance and character size in the use of smartphone in presbyopic and non-presbyopic individuals.
Rolandi R., Differences in contrast sensitivity measurement with letters and gratings.
Colandrea C., Optometria di genere: Dalla geometria retinica alla percezione tridimensionale.
Santacatterina S., Dalla psicofisica del colore alla prevenzione.
Natali L., Le lenti filtranti e la percezione dei colori.

Chair: Sassella A., Università di Milano Bicocca

Boccardo L., Teleoptometria: Stato dell’arte e prospettive future.
Erculei A., Capturing correlations in vision parameters by artificial neural networks.
Spaziani N., Accuratezza e precisione di un frontifocometro basato sul sistema di Hartmann.


Chair: Bussa M.P., Università di Torino

Zeri F., Brain correlates of adaptation to multifocal contact lenses.
Valentina V., Comparison of visual performance of dual focus contact lenses for myopia control vs. single vision contact lenses.
Rizzo G., Visual performance with an extended depth of focus contact lens for myopia control and corneal topography in assessing lens centration.
Miglio F., The effects of smoking on the tear film and on soft contact lenses.
Martino M., Analisi tribometrica della superficie di Lenti a Contatto.
Ponzini E., Lactoferrin as a biomarker of ocular diseases and contact lens discomfort.
Ruffato G., Photochromic contact lenses: Optical analysis and visual effects of their transition dynamics.

Chair: Gurioli M., Università di Firenze

Ruffato G., Haidinger’s brushes: Perceiving the polarization of light via an entoptic phenomenon.
Giusti S., Measurement of tear volume using Strip Meniscometry: Two procedures compared.
Ponzini E., Single-tear proteomics for noninvasive biomarker discovery and precision medicine.
Duse A., Tear-based vibrational spectroscopy for noninvasive biomarker discovery in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Frisani M., Valutazione della densitometria corneale da immagini tomografiche in occhi normali e con cheratocono.

108th National Congress of the Italian Physical Society poster

COMiB at the 8th International Caparica Conference on Analytical Proteomics 2022

Erika Ponzini’s abstract entitled ” Single-tear proteomics: a feasible approach to precision medicine” has been selected by the organizing committee for an oral communication at the 8th International Caparica Conference on Analytical Proteomics 2022, a meeting organized on July 18-21 in Caparica (Portugal).

Erika Ponzini during her oral presentation at ICAP 2022


COMiB at Giovani e Spettrometria di massa

Erika Ponzini‘s abstract entitled “Mass spectrometry-based proteomics of human tears for noninvasive biomarker discovery and precision medicine” has been selected by the organizing committee for an oral communication at Giovani e Spettrometria di massa, a meeting organized by the Italian Society of Mass Spectrometry (IMaSS) on June 15 in Torino.

Erika Ponzini shows her poster during the meeting
Photo credit: Peter Verhaert, Founder & CEO of ProteoFormiX