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2017 Scientific Exchange

The CERA Scientific Exchange and Awards were held on 31 May 2017 at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Over 100 guests including staff, students, stakeholders, and donors came together for the opportunity to meet Australia’s top experts and rising stars in eye research and learn about how CERA’s research is translating into treatments and patients.

CERA researchers and students also displayed their posters at the event that they have presented at international conferences over the past year.

 Service Recognition

Service milestones were recognised at the event and we celebrated staff who achieved 10, 15, 20 or 25 years of service.

10 Years
Associate Professor, Lyndell Lim, Head, Clinical Trials Research Centre
Professor Jonathan Crowston, Managing Director


15 Years
Prema Finn, Corneal Transplant Coordinator


20 Years
Professor Robyn Guymer, Deputy Director, Head, Macular Research

We thank them for all their wonderful contributions and ongoing dedication to CERA.


CERA Awards

For the first time in 2017, the CERA award categories were focused on CERA’s values of Unity, Agility, Integrity, and Making a Difference. The awards showcase CERA staff and students who epitomise the CERA values and support the CERA culture.

Newly appointed CERA Board member, Wendy Miller, presented the awards. The CERA Award was kindly sponsored by Thomson Geer.

Recognising outstanding achievements and contribution from staff and students in
2016/2017, the award winners in each category were:


CERA Unity Award
This award may be given to a person or team that contributes to making CERA a vibrant, enjoyable and high performing work place of choice.


Duncan Crombie, Sue Griffin (Executive Assistant), Heather Machin (Project Officer, LEDS) and Allison Waldron (HR Advisor)


Sheridan Keene (Lab Manager)


CERA Agility Award
This award recognises a CERA researcher, or research team, who has demonstrated innovation and creativity in the pursuit of research goals.
Prof Mingguang He


CERA Integrity Award
This award recognises outstanding contributions by staff or students to ensure CERA’s research, training or ways of working, support research integrity and enhance our reputation as a world class research institute.
Jacinta Mackey (CFO/COO), Suzanne Harrold (Finance Manager), Monica Zhang (Financial Accountant), Robert Tomic (Finance Officer), and Nancy Escomo (Finance Officer)


CERA Making a Difference Award
This award recognises an achievement in community engagement or education for patients, improvements in patient outcomes/care or the creation of a collaborative project that has made a community impact.
Mark Pearce (Communications Advisor)


CERA Award
For a person who epitomizes all that is great about working at CERA. This includes initiatives or demonstrated behaviours that have a significant positive impact on people at CERA and our culture and sustainability.
Prof Robyn Guymer


Thank you to all attendees and congratulations to our deserving winners!


CERA 2017 Scientific Exchange Award winners

CERA 2017 Scientific Exchange Award winners

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