Camila Ventura

Caregiving at the epicenter of the Zika epidemic

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About Camila Ventura

Brazilian retina specialist Camila Ventura is dedicated to understanding and fighting congenital Zika syndrome (CZS). Camila’s work with Zika began during the 2015 outbreak in Brazil, when she first reported the ocular findings of three babies affected by the virus during pregnancy. Her research examines the structural damage caused to the eye by the Zika virus, the pathophysiology behind these manifestations, the effects of these findings on vision, and babies’ responses to early intervention. Camila’s work has been featured in 24 peer reviewed publications and several book chapters, and she has spoken at numerous international conferences, the CDC, NIH, and WHO. Camila is currently collaborating with the National Eye Institute (NEI) and NIH on prospective studies addressing the ophthalmological aspects of CZS. Camila is a key member of the Altino Ventura Foundation (FAV), which provides eye care to low-income families, rehabilitation treatment for multiple disabilities, and offers ophthalmology training to physicians.

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Camila Ventura is a retina specialist who worked on the front lines of Brazil's 2015 Zika virus outbreak. Being among the first doctors to treat babies born with congenital Zika syndrome, Camila and her team led the way in terms of conducting research and developing new protocols.

One major lesson that Camila learned working with children affected by Congenital Zika syndrome is the important role that parents and caregivers play in the treatment of their children. Tune in to Camila's 2017 TEDMED Talk to learn more about her groundbreaking work treating babies affected by the Zika virus and why she believes it's crucial to empower their families and caregivers to be the doctors' biggest allies.

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