Retina 2018 New Zealand to be held at the University of Auckland, February 10-11, 2018 will offer patients and their families, clinicians, rehabilitation professionals, scientists, students and anyone with an interest in retinal disorders with interactive learning and networking opportunities that include short scientific presentations, treatment approach plenaries clinician-focussed and patient-focussed educational forums and social events.

We’re excited to make further keynote speaker announcements. The speaker biographies are available here

Among others, you can read about some of the following speakers:

Associate Professor Alex Hewitt is a Principal Research Fellow at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research and the School of Medicine at the University of Tasmania, as well as a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Eye Research Australia. His major research interest lie in the ophthalmic applications of stem cell and gene-editing technology.

Dr Thomas Edwards is a vitreoretinal surgeon with an interest in inherited retinal degenerations. Tom has recently returned from a fellowship under Prof Robert MacLaren in the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology at the University of Oxford (UK) and his current research includes projects in retinal gene therapy and electronic retinal implants -come and hear Tom’s presentation “Robotic surgery in Inherited Retinal Disease”  at Retina 2018 New Zealand.

Distinguished Professor Eberhart Zrenner from the Centre for Ophthalmology of the University of Tuebingen, Germany has research interests including retinal physiology and pathophysiology, neuro-ophthalmology and neurodegeneration. Eberhart’s international multicentre clinical trials using electronic retinal implants have included 29 study patients to date.

Dr Dianne Sharp MB ChB, FRACS, FRANZCO

Given Dianne’s outstanding contributions to retina New Zealand and retina International, her ongoing leadership of Macular Degeneration New Zealand and many other initiatives aiming to enhance the quality of life for people with retinal disorders, we are delighted to be able to make her clinical, scientific and advocacy knowledge and experience available to retina 2018 New Zealand delegates. A Medical Retina specialist in private and public practice, Dianne has established an Ophthalmic Electrodiagnostic unit for acquired and inherited retinal disorders and was involved in the establishment of a publicly-funded multidisciplinary visual rehabilitation clinic in Auckland.

David Heaney QC obtained BCom and LLB degrees from the University of Auckland before embarking on a successful career as a court lawyer leading to his appointment as Queen’s Counsel in 2008. Hear David’s story of successfully coping with the personal and professional challenges presented by Stargardt’s Maculopathy.

Our programme page is at:, and an overview of the programme is attached to this email.


Registration for the 20th Retina International World Congress is now open.

Click on the following link for registration prices, and to register:

Early Bird Registrations will close on 1 November 2017.

Save the Date

10 – 11 February 2018

Conference Venue

Owen G Glenn Building, University of Auckland, Grafton Road, Auckland.


February is a busy time in Auckland and accommodation is likely to sell-out quickly, so we recommend that you book yours soon. Please see the accommodation listings on our website for a range of options, at the following link:

Further information may be found by contacting the following:
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