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Keeping an Eye on Dementia Using Science From Space

This 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 our approach.

When: Thursday, November 14 2019. 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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Where: Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
792 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Topic: Health and medical
Cost: Free
Bookings: 03 8344 8405
Other: Wheelchair access
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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.

Researchers at the Centre for Eye Research in Melbourne have 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 we 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).

Contact details:

Luan Ismahil
University of Melbourne
Phone: 03 8344 8405

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