[ASC-list] Free ANZAAS talk, Melbourne, Wed 22nd June, 6:30pm

David Vaux D.Vaux at latrobe.edu.au
Wed Jun 15 06:55:55 UTC 2011

Free ANZAAS talk, Melbourne Wed 22nd June, 6:30pm

All welcome, no booking needed.  Bring your friends!
At: Gene Technology Access Centre, 1H Royal Parade, Parkville
Free drinks and pizza after the talk

Professor Steven Prawer
School of Physics, University of Melbourne
Director of the Melbourne node of the Special Research Center for Quantum Computer Technology, Associate Director and Chair of the Physical Sciences panel of the NANO (Nanostructural Analysis Network Organization) Major National Research Facility

"The Bionic Eye: diamond fabrication for retinal stimulation implants"
The diseases of age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa are one of the  main causes of  blindness and cause untold suffering for those afflicted with these conditions. Electrical stimulation of the retina has already been shown to restore partial vision in some blind patients, albeit at low resolution. Higher resolution may be achievable by taking advantage of modern nanofabrication techniques to build arrays with thousands of electrodes that will allow patients to read large print and recognize the faces of loved ones. However, formidable challenges remain in the fabrication of such devices. We will describe the work of Bionic Vision Australia in meeting these challenges and in particular the use of diamond in for the direct stimulation of the retina. We will also gaze into the future of direct stimulation of neural pathways in the brain and the intersection of nanoscience and neuroscience.

Enter off Story Street or Royal Parade. GTAC is at the south-western end of University High School's oval

ANZAAS Vic is pleased to acknowledge the support by GTAC, CSL, La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne Faculty of Science for the ANZAAS Melbourne science talks series.

Further Info:         Peter Kemeny       0409 028 165                peter.kemeny at gmail.com<mailto:peter.kemeny at gmail.com>

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