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Corneal nerve microstructure in a paediatric population

3 months
Approved budget:
Miss Ricki Steiner Taepa
Dr Stuti Misra
Ms Misty Edmonds
Dr Kevin Roos
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Māori Health Summer Studentship
Lay summary
In the past two decades, an alarming rise has been noted worldwide in the incidence of type 1 and 2 diabetes in children and adolescent populations. There has also been a progressive increase of approximately 5% per year, particularly in Māori and Pacific peoples. An understanding of the normal evolution of sub-basal corneal nerves in growing children and adolescents needs to be investigated prior to studying the corneal nerves in young people with type 1 and 2 diabetes. The aim of the summer studentship will be to prepare corneal in vivo confocal microscopy imaging protocol specifically for children with an aim to scan a larger corneal region so that a continuous montage of images could be prepared.