Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

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

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