Clinician and Patient Perspective Team
ORBITAL: Member of Supervisory Board; Member of Communication and Public Engagement Sub-Committee
Laura has always been interested in science and the role it plays in understanding disease and developing therapies. She completed a degree in Biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin followed by a PhD in Neuroscience. During this time, she studied the role of mitochondria in degenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Moving from the lab in 2016, Laura joined the Fighting Blindness Ireland research department. In her role, she is responsible for the implementation of the research strategic plan and the coordination of all funded projects and events. She works closely with the clinical and academic community as part of the Target 5000 programme, which provides a clinical and genetic diagnosis to everyone in Ireland with an inherited retinal degeneration. Laura recognises the importance of public and patient involvement (PPI) in research and regularly supports people and families living with vision loss through education and empowerment. She is currently a Board of Director of the Health Research Charities Ireland.