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Join us for Café Scientifique

Interested in science? Want to learn more about the latest technology breakthroughs in normal English, minus the jargon? Then Café Scientifique Pittsburgh at Carnegie Science Center is the place to be!

Café Sci is THE place in Pittsburgh where anyone interested in science can get together at a scientific hub to discuss today's science issues with experts, and best of all... you can ask your own questions! After a brief talk by our monthly guest speaker, the evening is dedicated to a question-and-answer session. Plus, enjoy our pub-type atmosphere with food and drinks available for purchase.

Join us for Café Scientifique on Monday, Sept. 12.


Presenter's Photo

Dr. Morgan Fedorchak

Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Director, Ophthalmic Biomaterials Laboratory


Old Drugs, New Tricks: Putting an End to Traditional Eye Drops

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, expected to affect up to three million Americans by 2020. One of the main risk factors in glaucoma is an unsafe increase in intraocular pressure or IOP.

IOP reduction in patients with glaucoma is usually accomplished through the use of medicated eye drops. But those drops can be uncomfortable to use and must be administered several times daily, contributing to patient adherence rates estimated to be as low as 30 percent.  Newer drug delivery methods for glaucoma aimed at improving patient adherence require clinical administration of invasive injections or implants.

Join University of Pittsburgh professor Dr. Morgan Fedorchak as she discusses design and testing of different ways of delivering ocular drugs, as well as the considerations in translating these technologies to clinical settings. During her talk, Fedorchak will also discuss some of the latest developments in ocular medicine that could overcome the issues surrounding traditional eye drop medication.

Fedorchak is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Chemical Engineering, and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh and is the director of the Ophthalmic Biomaterials Laboratory. She attended Carnegie Mellon University where she obtained her B.S. in both Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering in 2006. She earned her PhD in bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research is currently supported by the National Eye Institute, the Cystinosis Research Foundation, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Medical Innovation, and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.

Time: Doors open at 6 pm, and the program is 7-9 pm.
Location: Carnegie Science Center
Admission: FREE!
Parking: $5
Cash bar: Open from 6-7:30 pm

NOTE: Click here to let us know you're coming, even if you don't plan to buy food.

A la carte menu:

Chef’s choice entrée
Pre-made deli sandwiches, wraps, and salads
Soup du jour
Chips and cookies
Bottled and fountain soda, coffee
Beer and wine

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