A new Managing Director on the horizon for CERA

Professor Jonathan Crowston has announced that 2018 will be his final year as Managing Director of the Centre for Eye Research Australia and Ringland Anderson Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Melbourne.


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Professor Crowston took on the role of Managing Director in 2009. “I am proud of the work we have done over the past decade in creating an exceptional basic science program to complement our clinical and population health research capacity, attracting world-class researchers to join us in tackling eye disease. In doing so, we have broadened the scope of our research beyond better treatments and earlier diagnosis to the restoration of lost vision, which has led to the development of our three strategic research themes; Ageing Eye Disease, Vision Regeneration and Products and Pathways to Patients,” said Prof Crowston.

Under his leadership, CERA also undertook two International Reviews of our research, governance and strategy, reinforcing our position as a world-class Medical Research Institute and ensuring we are in the best position for continued future success.

We have commenced the global search and recruitment process for a new Managing Director of CERA and we expect to make an announcement in the coming months.

“Personally, I remain as committed as ever to my clinical and research interests at CERA and I am delighted at the prospect of spending more time in the laboratory, trying to unlock the key to understanding glaucoma and helping restore sight to the hundreds of thousands of Australians affected by this disease.

“I want to thank everyone who has supported CERA so far on our journey to becoming Australia’s leading eye research centre; a place where clinicians, patients, researchers and industry come together to develop treatments and technologies that transform lives. With your help, we can continue to give more people with eye disease a chance to save or restore their sight,” said Prof Crowston.

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