Keeping an Eye on Dementia Using Science From Space (Convergence Science Network)November 14, 2019
A free talk presented by Associate Professor Peter van Wijngaarden at the Convergence Science Network.
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.
At CERA, Associate Professor Peter van Wijngaarden and his team 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.
The talk will address the growing problem of Alzheimer’s disease and the need for innovative solutions for its detection and management. It will delve into the links between the eye and the brain and the science that is the basis of Associate Professor van Wijngaarden’s approach, with fascinating detours into astronomy, engineering and artificial intelligence.
6.00pm – 7.00pm
Refreshments served from 5.00pm
792 Elizabeth Street (Corner Grattan Street)
Melbourne Vic 3000