Professor David Mackey is stepping down as Managing Director of the Lions Eye Institute (LEI) at the end of February 2019 to focus on five funded research projects into the genetics of eye disease.
Professor Mackey will continue his association with the LEI, leading the Genetics and Epidemiology research group, as well as mentoring students and early and mid-career researchers.
Professor Mackey has progressed the LEI’s standing and reputation as a world-renowned medical research institute. He was recently awarded a Practitioner Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to discover new genes responsible for glaucoma and myopia. He is also leading research funded with a $9.4 million NHMRC program grant—the largest ever awarded for eye research.
During his 10 years at the LEI, Professor Mackey’s outstanding contribution to research received ongoing national and international recognition. He was appointed to a number of organisations, including the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, Academy of Asia-Pacific Professors of Ophthalmology, NHMRC Human Genetics Advisor Committee, International Society of Genetic Eye Disease and Retinoblastoma (President), and Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia. He has also received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, Churchill Fellowship Award and Harvard Club of Australia Non-profit Fellowship Award.
Professor Mackey presided over expansion and innovation at the LEI, including: relocation of research groups to a new state-of-the-art building; major renovation of the LEI clinic; growth of Clinical Trials to become the largest ophthalmological trials centre in Australia; a second satellite clinic in Midland; three new research groups; and Lions Outback Vision.
Professor Mackey is delighted that his association with the LEI will continue through his research.
Professor Bill Morgan who has been a leading LEI ophthalmologist and involved in glaucoma research for the past 25 years and is currently a member of the LEI Board has taken on the role of Acting Managing Director of LEI.
Funds pledged by Lions Clubs of WA for the Lions Lounge at the Lions Eye Institute have been used to purchase a BTK-EPOCHR Micro Plate Reader now installed and being used in the state of the art research laboratories situated in the Harry Perkins building. The Micro Plate Reader was purchased for our researchers to process a large amount of experimental samples and is used to measure RNA, DNA or proteins in these samples. The plate reader can also be used for performing assays that measure cell growth and assays that measure the level of proteins in blood samples such as antibodies.
The Lions Save-Sight Foundation and the researchers at the Lions Eye Institute would like to express our appreciation to those Clubs who have pledged their donations to this worthy project.
More than 60,000 patients pass through the clinic waiting room each year and, through this initiative, are able to learn more about the Lions’ long and proud association with the LEI. WA Lions Club’s valued pledges help the LEI provide state-of-the-art treatments backed by the latest research to help prevent blindness and save sight.