Victorian Governor announced as CERA patron
The patronage continues the support CERA has enjoyed from Government House under previous governors John Landy and Professor David de Kretser who were patrons of CERA during their time in office.
Managing Director Professor Jonathan Crowston said he is delighted the Governor has recognised the importance of eye research.
“CERA looks forward to working under the patronage of the Governor to conducting sight-saving eye research to reduce the rates of vision loss,” Professor Crowston said.
Speaking at CERA’s 2011 Gerard Crock Lecture, the Governor commented on his interest in the mechanics of the eye and the importance of sight.
“The intricacies and complexities of the human eye have always been a fascination to just about everyone,” the Governor said.
“One intriguing aspect of it to a layman in particular is its fundamental importance to human functionality – its elaborate mechanisms give us the privilege of vision, the ability to differentiate colours and perceive depth,” he said.
“Sadly, those without sight are deprived of this experience.”
The Honourable Alex Chernov, AO, QC is the current Governor of Victoria. He has a distinguished legal career and a long association with the University of Melbourne.
In 1997 he was appointed a Judge of the Trial Division of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1997 and, in 1998, was appointed to its Court of Appeal.
In 1992, he became a member of the Council of the University of Melbourne and chaired a number of its major committees. In 2004, he was elected a Deputy Chancellor of the University of Melbourne and in 2009 as its Chancellor. In 2008, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.