Inherited Blindness Summer School 2021

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University College Dublin

The O'Brien Centre of Science

Belfield

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A four day summer school, to provide lab experience and knowledge on inherited retinal disease for Stage 2 and 3 Biology students in UCD.

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Together with leading clinicians, patients and supporting charities, we have designed a four day summer programme that will shed some light on blindness. We will explore the causes and the consequences of retinal disease; how they can be inherited by genetics and the impact that they have on a patient’s everyday life. We will investigate current treatment procedures, new potential therapies and the socio-economic impact of blindness.

By enrolling on our summer programme, students can gain the opportunity to hone their laboratory skills. Given the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic many biology undergraduate students have spent the past 18 months learning almost solely online, behind a computer screen. The course provides a platform for students to engage face-to-face with life in the lab.

This program will combine interactive workshops and academic seminars with hands on practical sessions in scientific labs to develop a working knowledge of genetic disease. Throughout the week we will consider the principles of drug discovery and the pathway of drug development. Students will have the unique opportunity to learn to screen for active drugs, a process which is used to select drugs which display the highest potential for treatment of patients.

Students will get the chance to develop their presentation skills by contributing to an ongoing scientific knowledge exchange and dissemination strategy, to educate and circulate knowledge through the lens of retinal disease.

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The O'Brien Centre of Science

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