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The Confucius Institute, Building 202, Level 4, Room 2, RMIT Bundoora campus
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Photoswitches to study ion channels as potential treatments for blindness.
In this seminar, Professor Richard H Kramer will describe novel synthetic compounds that confer light sensitivity to receptors of the nervous system. He will talk about his work with these so called photoswitches and how they may be used to develop potential treatments for degenerative blinding diseases of the retina such as Retinitis Pigmentosa and Age-related Macular Degeneration.
Professor Richard H Kramer received his PhD in Neurobiology from the University of California, Berkeley, USA in 1985. Subsequently, Professor Kramer has held positions at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the University of Miami and the UC Berkeley Nanomedicine Center. In 2007 he became Professor of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley and Director, UC Berkeley NIH Vision Science CORE. He currently holds the position of C.H. and Annie Li Chair in Molecular Biology of Diseases, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley.
Professor Kramer’s research interests include light activated ion channels, neuronal activity and retinal function. His ultimate goal is the translation of his research to use biomolecules to treat blindness.