Clear Vision Research at Canberra Health Annual Research Meeting (CHARM) 2021

Members from the Clear Vision Research team were lucky enough to be invited to present at this year’s Canberra Health Annual Research Meeting (CHARM). The CHARM meeting was this year held virtually and was hosted by the Centre of Health and Medical Research in the ACT Health Directorate and Canberra Health Services, in collaboration with the region’s university partners, the Australian National University, the University of Canberra, UNSW Canberra, Australian Catholic University and Australian Institute of Sport. This event is a coming together researchers and clinicians across the ACT region and surrounds to explore how interdisciplinary research can contribute to informed decision making and the fulfillment of a sustainable healthcare system that provides the best care to the community.


Associate Professor Riccardo Natoli presented with members of the ANU RNA HUB in a session ‘Big Initiatives at the ANU: RNA: From pandemic to future technologies and treatments. This presentation included an introduction from ECR Dr Nikolay Shirokikh on RNA and RNA advances at the College of Health and Medicine, followed by:


RNA in science and health

Prof Thomas Preiss - RNA as a versatile discovery platform in multi-omics research

Dr Jean Wen - Biologically active RNA elements in single-cell biology


RNA in technology and innovation

Dr Amee George - RNA screening and ribosomopathies

Prof Eduardo Eyras - New technologies to characterise RNA molecules in health and disease


RNA in diagnosis and therapy

Prof Leonie Quinn - Understanding the molecular basis of tumour predisposition in ribosomopathy patients

A/Prof Riccardo Natoli – Bringing microRNA into focus for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration


Dr Joshua ChuTan also presented his work on the use of exercise in protecting against retinal degenerations with a talk titled ‘Voluntary exercise preserves retinal health in a model of photo-oxidative retinal degeneration’. While Dr Yvette Wooff presented her work on extracellular vesicles in a talk called ‘Reduced, reuse, recycle: Replenishing extracellular vesicles lost through degeneration-induced depletion as a novel therapy for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration’.