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ABC Top 5 in Science

I’m excited to announce that I have been named as one of the ABC Top 5 Science recipients for 2021. The TOP 5 is a media residency to discover Australia's next generation of dynamic thinkers and give them a voice. The scheme aims to equip emerging science scholars with media & communication skills — to share their ideas and specialist knowledge widely through expert commentary, analysis, and program.

Chosen among almost 400 applicants across the country, I will be taking part in a 2-week online residency with some of Australia’s best broadcasters at the ABC to continue to hone my communication skills but specifically learn how to develop content across radio and digital platforms.

I applied using our newest project on exercise and the benefits it may confer to the retina. The benefits of exercise to the human body are well-understood. In fact, exercise has started to be “prescribed” as a non-pharmacological therapeutic for diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. However, the molecular message behind these benefits to the brain are not well-understood and even less so in the eye and retina despite solid evidence of its effectiveness. Our ultimate goal is to be able to prescribe the molecular message of exercise to those who many not be able to, especially relevant given the age-related nature of neurodegenerative diseases such as age-related macular degeneration.

I can’t wait to get started and having the opportunity to share our work with the whole country.

You can find more information on the programme at the following links:


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