Eye Health Researcher RecognizedDr. Carla Abbott’s combined intrigue with vision loss and physical fitness at a young age led her into the field of eye health. She investigates new treatments for retinal diseases, such as advanced retinitis pigmentosa. Dr. Abbott studied retinal circuitry for her postdoctoral at the University of Melbourne. Afterward, she joined the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA).
At CERA, Dr. Abbott was part of the Bionic Vision Australia multidisciplinary team, which created a ‘bionic eye’ for patients with late-stage inherited retinal disease. Her work continues, now researching patients with age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Abbott’s hard work is being rewarded; she was recently named a veski inspiring women in STEM side by side participant, which supports emerging leaders in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics industry.
“I am passionate about the eye health sector, the importance of research and evidence-based practice and wish to contribute in a meaningful way to the growth and development of the sector into the future,” said Dr. Abbott.
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