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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Zebrafish: A Model for Eye Disorders

Scientists currently have a minimal understanding of the mechanisms underlying many major human ocular disorders. In correlation, a limited knowledge regarding the affect a disease such as AIDS or diabetes has on the eye prevents the most effective treatment and protection. Understanding these mechanisms and contributing factors is a vital element for the prevention of devastating visual impairment. Using zebrafish as a model for human eye disorders provides scientists with a powerful tool in understanding how these disorders develop. A basic overview of major human eye disorders, how diseases contribute to eye damage, and how zebrafish can be used as a model for research will be presented.

Presenter: Paul Colburn (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Biological Sciences
Location: 123 Hartwell
Time: 9:40 am (Session I)