The AstroLight festival is an event that clearly celebrates light in it’s many forms, yet there are an estimated 39 million people in the world who are blind and a further 245 million who are visually impaired. The next speaker I would like to introduce is working in an international team to bring sight to the millions of people who suffer from blindness by creating the Bionic Eye!
Dr David Garrett from the University of Melbourne’s School of Physics will take us through the current research on the development of the bionic eye and how Australia is playing a major part in this research.
Treating blindness with Bionics
With the incredible success of cochlear implants for the deaf and rapid advances in retinal implants for the blind, bionics is no longer the stuff of science fiction. For now the majority of applications are in medicine but it is easy to forecast that efforts to integrate electronics with our biology for the purpose of enhancing our physical abilities, for heightening our senses or purely for entertainment, will not be far behind. During this talk you will hear an overview of the progress in Australian Bionic Vision and speculation about the prospects for electronic vision into the future.
Dr David Garrett’s research group explores materials and methods to integrate electronics with the human nervous system. “We are interested in finding better, safer ways to listen to and talk to our bodies via direct electrical connections to our nerves”.
So head to the Scienceworks Energy Lab in the Lower Ground Floor to find out more on Bionics and how we will be treating blindness in the future.
Check the Program page for the full schedule.
See the official Scienceworks What’s On page for further details and ticket sales. Tickets are limited, so get in quick!