Proving his mettle
“In 20 years’ time, Parkinson’s disease could be as treatable as diabetes. If research is adequately funded, that is.” That’s the opinion of science alumnus Dominic Hare.
Today, Dominic is a Visiting Fellow at UTS and the Head of the Florey Institute’s Atomic Pathology Laboratory. But, 10 years ago, Dominic was in the midst of a PhD at UTS, co-founding our Elemental Bio-Imaging Facility and developing a method to take pictures of metals in brains. The technique deconstructs the brain into its basic elements to reveal pictures of metal imbalances in areas affected by disease, such as increased iron in areas affected by Parkinson’s disease.
Dominic says, “The technology was really designed for the mining industry; it’s for measuring elements in rocks using lasers. But, it allows us to see how these fundamental building blocks of life – chemical elements – change in disease. We can look at very tiny changes in one element and how it relates to another and another and that gives you an ‘elemental signature’ of a disease.”
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