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Worms That Cure Sight | Natalie McKirdy | TEDxUQ
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Added Sep 2, 2016
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After two years working in clinical trials and feto-maternal research, she returned to her first love, ophthalmic research. At the Queensland Eye Institute, Natalie investigates the use of compounds from raw silk for potential application as a cell transplant scaffold to treat blindness caused by retinal degeneration.

Natalie is a final year PhD student who understands the importance of not only conducting and publishing research with clinical relevance, but communicating those findings to the wider community to generate support for, and an appreciation of, rigorous scientific research. After an undergraduate degree in Medical Science at Queensland University of Technology, Natalie pursued an Honours research project at the Queensland Eye Institute (QEI) to develop a transplantable layer of cells grown upon a silk membrane with the aim of restoring sight to patients with Corneal Endothelial Dystrophy. After two years working in clinical trials and feto-maternal research, she returned to her first love – ophthalmic research – to earn her PhD enrolled through the University of Queensland School of Medicine and located at the QEI. Her PhD project investigates compounds from raw silk for their potential application as a cell transplant scaffold to treat blindness caused by retinal degeneration.

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