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Miss Kathy Beirne 


Position:PhD Student

Telephone:+44(0)29 208 76471
Extension:76471
Location:Room 2.11, Maindy Road

Research Overview

My research looks at the effects of 670 nm light therapy in a mouse model of Autosomal Dominant Optic Atrophy (ADOA). ADOA is the most common cause of inherited blindness in the western world. The disease presents itself in the first decade of life with a progressive deterioration of visual function which continues into adulthood. The reduction in visual function is due to degeneration of retinal ganglion cells and atrophy of the optic nerve. Mitochondrial function is aberrant in ADOA patients. This is thought to cause the accompanying RGC pathology. I am exploring the ability of 670 nm light to restore the mitochondrial function of the RGCs and prevent cell loss.

Teaching Overview

2013-present: Demonstrator for first year practical classes in OP1205 Ocular Anatomy and Physiology.