Keeping an Eye on Dementia Using Science from Space

Free Public Lecture

Keeping an Eye on Dementia Using Science from Space

Peter Doherty Institute

Parkville campus

Grattan Street

Booking not required

The eye has long been regarded as the window to the brain and recent advances in imaging technologies may make it possible to detect early signs of brain diseases via the eye.

A research team at the Centre for Eye Research Australia has applied a method developed by NASA scientists for imaging the earth from satellites to the eye in an attempt to identify signs of Alzheimer’s disease in the retina – the thin layer of specialised nerve cells that lines the inside of the eye. Using a quick rainbow-coloured flash they are able to collect highly detailed information about the structure of the eye and have shown that this approach can distinguish between people with early Alzheimer’s disease and those without. They have confirmed these findings using state-of-the-art brain scans (positron emission tomography).

The talk will address the growing problem of Alzheimer’s disease and the need for innovative solutions for the detection and management of the disease. It will delve into the links between the eye and the brain and the science that is the basis of the Centre's Research approach, with fascinating detours into astronomy, engineering and artificial intelligence

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