Dr. Ruanne Vent-Schmidt's research expertise is on drug therapy for inherited retinal diseases - specifically on the progressive genetic eye condition called retinitis pigmentosa. As a lived experience person affected by retinitis pigmentosa, Dr. Ruanne Vent-Schmidt is a leader in the blind/low vision community. She is an advocate for research, science communication, and social equity.
As science communicator, Dr. Ruanne Vent-Schmidt's mission is to inspire hope, imagination and action in all stakeholders of blindness: policymakers, researchers, clinicians, blind/partially sighted individuals, families and caregivers.
In June 2019, Dr. Ruanne Vent-Schmidt defended her PhD at the University of British Columbia in Cell & Developmental Biology. Since 2015, she has been a public speaker for outreach events for vision research. At the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Dr. Ruanne Vent-Schmidt communicates science to internal staff and external stakeholders of the blind/visually impaired community.
Dr. Ruanne Vent-Schmidt was an invited speaker on the radio show/podcast Eyes on Success about retinitis pigmentosa research. In Episode 1734 she explains why genetic testing is important for retinitis pigmentosa.