Charlotte E. Remé, MD, PhD is Professor emerita for experimental and clinical ophthalmology of the Eye Clinic of the University of Zürich, Switzerland. She founded and was head of the laboratory for retinal cell biology. Her scientific interests comprised molecular mechanisms and therapeutic strategies of inherited retinal degenerations. Her laboratory developed various light damage systems to use as models for the study of light- and genetically induced programmed cell death, called apoptosis. Apoptosis is one major cell death process leading to induced as well as inherited retinal degenerations. By applying a large variety of mouse models her laboratory elaborated pathways of cell death and its prevention. Her research interests also comprised circadian rhythms in the retinal visual cells and their role in circadian information transmission to the brain. After retirement she acted as consultant for pharmaceutical companies advising and evaluating experimental and clinical studies. She received several scientific awards, among them the “Proctor Medal” of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, which ranges among the highest awards in Eye Research.