Our People

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, ēngari he toa takitini    

“Success is not the work of one, but the work of many” 

Professor Helen Danesh-Meyer

Principal Investigator (Glaucoma Research)

MBhB, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy, Fellow of RANZCO, Fellow Neuro-ophthalmology, Fellow Glaucoma

Professor Danesh-Meyer is an international authority in glaucoma and neuro-ophthalmology. Helen Danesh-Meyer was the first female professor of ophthalmology and the youngest professor in a surgical specialty in New Zealand. She is one of the most highly regarded experts in her field. Helen makes a significant contribution to lecturing undergraduate science, medical and optometry students. She teaches postgraduate optometry and ophthalmology – both nationally and internationally. Helen has also been recognised for her research – receiving numerous awards and research grants, and publishing more than 120 articles. Several aspects of her clinical research have influenced and altered clinical management strategies in the international arena, in particular her work on imaging of the retinal nerve fibre layer in Alzheimer’s Disease and chiasmal compression. She pioneered quantitative evaluation of the optic nerve and its morphological changes.