A patented treatment could restore eyesight for millions of sufferers of corneal disease.
The University of Melbourne–led team of researchers have grown corneal cells on a layer of film that can be implanted in the eye to help the cornea heal itself. They have successfully restored vision in animal trials and are aiming to move to human trials next year.
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Coral with black-band disease, Yui Sato Fresh Science Townsville
In 2015 Fresh Science ran in Victoria, NSW, Western Australia, South Australia, North Queensland (Townsville) and South Queensland (Brisbane).
For 18 years Fresh Science has been helping young Australian scientists find their story and their voice, and empowering these future leaders of science to engage with the community, media, government and industry.
Since 1997 Fresh Science has trained more than 250 early-career scientists how to present their science in a way that’s accessible to a general audience.
We believe it’s essential that the new generation of young scientists reach out and engage:
- exciting Australians with their research and its impact
- learning how to reach out to governments and businesses
- encouraging informed, evidence-based discussion of the big issues – from vaccines to climate change; and
- providing role models for school and university students.
Discussing the use of two-dimensional quasiparticles, Robert Pfiefer Fresh Science NSW
In 2015 Fresh Science ran in every mainland state, with 61 Fresh Scientists in six state events, and seven public events bringing Fresh Science to around 1000 members of the public.
Read some of the fresh science discovered in previous years here.