Disease diagosis and treatment
Creating an eye-in-a-dish using human stem cell-derived models
The eye is the window to the world around us. Losing vision either early or late in life is a significant burden for patients. The human eye is a very complex and specialized organ and currently, there is a lack of relevant and robust models recapitulating these diseases. In this talk, I will address the use of induced-pluripotent stem cells, and how those can be used to create a 3-dimensional model of the eye in the lab.
Edwin van Oosten
Pediatric Department | Radboud UMC
Using artificial intelligence to find the cause of inherited blindness
Vision is something that many of us take for granted. But have you ever considered the possibility of losing your vision? Can you imagine how it would impact your daily life? Sadly, this is a reality for approximately one in every 2000 people who suffer from inherited retinal diseases. These diseases affect the retina, a light-sensitive tissue located at the back of the eye. Currently, there is no cure for inherited blindness. However, identifying the genetic cause of the disease is the crucial first step in treating it. Given that there are numerous genes that can cause inherited blindness, this task can be quite challenging. Therefore, we use deep learning to identify more variants in patients with inherited blindness.
Medical Bioscienes Department | Radboud UMC
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion panel: challenges of academia and society
One of the main challenges of our current society is to fairly cover all the diversity present in various social niches. As would be expected, such diversity is also expressed in academia, which is formed by scientists from diverse backgrounds and social groups. Although all of them face unique challenges, some of those groups observe common struggles, the result of a historical context and/or social structures of oppression. In this discussion panel promoted in collaboration with the Radboud Young Academy (RYA), Jessica Ramos, from the Anti-Racism Awareness network, Klara Raiber, from the Halkes Women+ Faculty Network, and Béatrice Bonga, from RYA, will talk about some of those challenges of making a diverse and inclusive academia and how this relates to other challenges of society.
Jessica Ramos Sanchez