Associate Professor Peter van Wijngaarden
Deputy Director and Principal Investigator, Centre for Eye Research Australia and University of Melbourne

Title: “The eye as a window to the brain: retinal imaging biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease"

Abstract: Retinal imaging has long held the promise of providing biomarkers of diseases of the central nervous system. A variety of ocular imaging biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease have been described, however none have yet been adopted in clinical practice. A/Prof van Wijngaarden and his team have recently reported first in-human evidence of a novel retinal imaging biomarker that is associated with brain amyloid-beta levels. The team has combined non-invasive, in vivo hyperspectral imaging in conjunction with artificial intelligence image analysis methods to identify a retinal signature of Alzheimer’s disease. Additional studies are underway to establish whether this may serve as a low cost  and convenient screening tool for the disease and as an adjunct to clinical studies of disease-modifying therapies.    



About Neuroscience Seminars

Neuroscience seminars at the QBI play a major role in the advancement of neuroscience in the Asia-Pacific region. The primary goal of these seminars is to promote excellence in neuroscience through the exchange of ideas, establishing new collaborations and augmenting partnerships already in place.

Seminars in the QBI Auditorium on Level 7 are held on Wednesdays at 12-1pm, which are sometimes simulcast on Zoom (with approval from the speaker). We also occassionally hold seminars from international speakers via Zoom. The days and times of these seminars will vary depending on the time zone of the speaker. Please see each seminar listed below for details. 


Neuroscience Seminars archive 2005-2018