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VIDEO: Meet Laura Wells, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

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Hello, I'm Laura Wells.

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I'm an assistant professor in Chemical Engineering

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at Queen's University in Canada.

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My lab engineers advanced polymer

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materials as treatments for patients

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suffering from vision loss and blindness.

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Imagine a world that is blurry or dark.

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For over 36 million people worldwide,

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this is their reality.

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While treatments are beginning to improve

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patient outcomes, many are invasive, or are

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temporary solutions that do not work

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over the long term.

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My lab develops smart materials for depot

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drug delivery devices, so drugs can be

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delivered and the rates adjusted on demand

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for hard to reach areas of the eye.

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My lab also deciphers how cells interact

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with materials after they are implanted

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and uses this information to improve

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artificial lenses.

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This is extremely important for pediatric

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patients where they often fail.

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Ultimately, my lab is inspired by patients

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and improving patient outcomes

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and we will do this through

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the advancement of new material technologies.