Dr. Matthew Campbell is an Associate Professor in Genetics and leader of the Neurovascular Genetics Laboratory at Trinity College Dublin, currently serving as the Head of Department at the Smurfit Institute of Genetics. He has over 18 years of research expertise in the area of blood-brain and blood-retina barrier biology and has received numerous awards and honors for his work in this field. He spearheaded the development of patented neural barrier modulation technology with a broad range of applications in retinal and neurological conditions, from facilitating small molecule delivery to the retina and the brain to alleviating cerebral edema post traumatic brain injury. He pioneered the work on IL-18 as an immunotherapy for wet AMD and continues to pursue a range of novel therapeutic solutions for the treatment of AMD and glaucoma. He has published numerous scientific papers, reviews and book chapters in the area of neurovascular barrier biology, organized a number of scientific meetings and conferences and regularly completes publication and grant reviews for a number of international journals and funding bodies. He has been highly successful in securing significant national and international research funding, highlighted by a recent award of the European Research Council Consolidator Grant, one of Europe's most prestigious research schemes.
"Almost everyone knows somebody who has been affected by Alzheimer’s. In my case it was my great-aunt Helen, whose daughter Claire called it ‘a very lonely illness for both the patient and their carers.’ At my request, Claire recounted some of the challenges she faced during her mother's illness. They included a lack of information and support, and a stigma attached to Alzheimer which made dealing with it much worse.
My mother, who had reared me in a most wonderful loving home, was now in need of my care and attention. I was given no real tangible information except that her medical condition would deteriorate. Myself and my wonderful husband and children were the only real day-to-day support my mother had. As the illness progressed and her physical health became more frail and her speech very limited, there was still no information. We just muddled along.
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