Last Friday, our Head of Research, Medical and Scientific Affairs, Dr Ineka Whiteman (right), travelled to Hobart to meet with 2020 Research Grant recipients Associate Prof. Tony Cook (middle), Sueanne Chear (left) and their research team at the Wicking Dementia Centre, University of Tasmania.
Dr Whiteman was given a ‘VIP’ tour of the Wicking Centre laboratories and observed some of the exciting work being conducted in stem cell models of CLN3 disease. “How impressive it is to see firsthand the world-class facilities and cutting-edge experimental techniques being used by Prof. Cook’s research team,” Dr Whiteman said. “They have been able to measure some of the cellular changes that occur as a result of different CLN3 gene mutations, using neurons that have been derived from human stem cells. Soon the team will be testing a whole range of drugs and compounds to see if the CLN3-associated damage can be rescued in these neurons.” It is hoped that this research may lead to identification of new therapeutic drugs for treatment of CLN3 disease.