Auckland Bioengineering Institute

Auckland Retinal Modelling Initiative (ARMI)

2 February 2012, Auckland, New Zealand

The human retina

The human retina is a unique component of the nervous system in that throughout life it is continuously exposed to optical radiation. The retina is also unique in the sense that is has the highest energy-consumption per weight in the human body. This means that the constant supply of blood (therefore oxygen) to this sensory tissue is vital to maintain a healthy vision. A disturbed retinal homeostasis (e.g. diabetes, aging, malnutrition) will result in direct deterioration of human vision which is irreversible in many cases. The most common forms of retinal pathologies are age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy (DR) and diabetic edema (DE). In 2004, an estimated 20.5 million people were affected by one these pathologies in the United States alone.

About ARMI

At ARMI we are aiming at bringing multiple international groups with extensive expertise in different aspects of retinal-biomedical research. This multidisciplinary international gathering is consisted of business experts in the field of commercial medical imaging, bioengineering specialists with a track record in ocular tissue modeling, retinal prosthesis R&D scientists, optometrists and ophthalmologists. We believe it is the right time to bring these very different and yet cohesive retinal researches together, in order to produce a comprehensive commercially-viable system approach to early detection, continuous monitoring, and treatment of various common retinal pathologies.


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