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Dear Colleagues

Welcome to the fifth issue of the SOVS newsletter for 2018.

This month we were delighted to welcome back Bhav Solanki from the UK. In addition, we welcome Debbie Waayer, our new Research Programme Manager.

This issue we bid farewell to our Group Services Manager Alex Thomas. Alex will be greatly missed and we wish her the very best in her new position. Jo Beattie will step into Alex’s shoes, and many of you will know Jo as she comes to us from the Medical Programme Directorate where she has worked for the last two years as GSM. Welcome Jo!

Finally, as previously announced, I will be on Research & Study Leave for Semester 2 and will be leaving you in Dr John Phillips’ capable hands.


All the best

An image of Professor Steven Dakin

Optometrists’ TPA Survey

Masters student Naoko Chapman is conducting research on the therapeutics prescribing trends of optometrists.

Visiting Professor

We are delighted to welcome to SOVS our academic visitor Professor Peter Bex from the Department of Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

2018 Autumn Graduation

The FMHS Autumn Graduation ceremony took place in the ASB Theatre at the Aotea Centre on Monday evening, 7 May

ARVO Conference

This year’s Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting was held in Honolulu, Hawaii 29 April – 3 May

Eye Care Inaugural Meeting

The inaugural Ophthalmic Instruments Company (OIC) and Roland Consult electrophysiology users’ meeting was held at the Eye Clinic, Greenlane Hospital, on 13 May.

Manuela Bossi

Congratulations to Manuela Bossi for successfully defending her PhD in London last week.

SOVS Annual Conference update

Preparations are well underway for the annual SOVS conference to be held on Sunday 29 July 2018.

Funding Opportunities – May 2018

This issue of our newsletter sees the introduction of a “Funding Opportunities” section which will be regularly updated.

Improving eye care in the Pacific

SOVS former student Erna Takazawa was named the University of Auckland 2017 Young Alumna of the Year for her work developing optometry in Samoa.

Profile: Dr Monica Acosta

Dr Monica Acosta is a Senior Lecturer in the School, and principal investigator in the Cell and Molecular Biology of the Retina lab.

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