Welcome to the 4th and final edition of our newsletter for 2016.
At the beginning of November, I was lucky enough to attend an event hosted by Macular Degeneration New Zealand (MDNZ) at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Professor Alan Bird from Moorfields Eye Hospital in London presented a fascinating overview of the causes and current treatments for macular disease. MDNZ also revealed figures from a Deloitte survey, indicating that the economic cost of this disease to NZ now runs in excess of $450M per year. This event highlighted the challenges that age-related eye disease presents to NZ and the critical importance of research in this area.
Plenty of good news to finish the year. All four academic staff promotions applications were successful: Ehsan has been promoted to senior lecturer, Michelle to PTF 3, and Wanda and Bhav to PTF4. Some very well-deserved recognition all round.
In other staffing news, it was great to see so many of you at Rob’s recent semi-retirement celebratory drinks. It was wonderful to meet or catch up with many friends of the school, old or new. I am still depressed that Rob’s off-the-cuff speech was considerably better than my own (planned) effort.
Congratulations to Jay, Michelle and Adele who have all had babies since the last newsletter. There does seem to have been something in the water this year...
And finally (and very importantly) the printer is fixed!
I’d like to thank everyone for their hard work through the year – as I indicated at the Christmas lunch, you all have much to be proud of this year and I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for all of us in 2017. Have a wonderful break!
Professor Steven Dakin
Head of School, School of Optometry and Vision Science
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences