FUTURE HOPE IS IN GOOD HANDS
I HAVE some positive information to share about some amazing Australian teenagers. Last week, Tasmanian high school student Hannah Sutton won a prestigious award for her research into the use of tree frog poison as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Hannah used a peptide found in the skin glands of the tree frog to clear amyloid beta, a protein that builds up in the human body and causes dementia. Her results showed a 35 per cent increase in amaloid beta uptake and has offered a potential treatment for the disease. NSW youth Samuel Kantor was honoured after he developed a software program to help people with severe disabilities control their computer. Eye Connect uses a webcam to provide mouse control though head movements or blinks, providing complete computer system control. Initial trials gave 99 per cent accuracy. Samuel is going to distribute his product freely online. I think Australia’s future is in good hands.
Rick Lee - regional editor