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Dr Beli is open to PhD applications from candidates with a basic science or clinical background. Areas of interest include: - Circadian disruption in long-term Diabetes Previous research experience is desirable although not essential.

20082022

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Living with diabetes has been made easier with insulin pumps and medications. However, the risk of developing complications remains high, and a diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy, the most common diabetic complication can be scary and confusing.

Our goal is the unerstanding of the role of circadian disruption in the progression of diabetic retinopathy. We are focused in two areas: 1) to establish how diabetes affects the circadian ocular system, and 2) to understand the impact of such circadian disruption in the progression of diabetic retinopathy, using genetic, physiological and molecular approaches.  

Our short-term goal is to increase awareness of a dysfunctional ocular system in diabetes and provide eveidence for its impact on the progression of the disease. .

Ultimately our long-term goal is to design interventions that will modigy environmental rhythmic signals and behavioral rhythmic patterns to protect from progression of diabetic retinopthy. Understanding the impact of diabetes on the rhythmic functions in the retina would also allow to design therapies targeting the circadian clock, chronotherapies and noninvasive lifestyle interventions for diabetic retinopathy.                                          

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

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