Save Sight Institute staff were pleased to welcome His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Linda Hurley to the Save Sight Institute on Wednesday 8 March.
His Excellency and Mrs Hurley took a tour of the research and clinical facilities of the Institute beginning with the Billson Lab and the research team led by Professors Paul Martin and Ulrike Grünert. The lab team provided His Excellency and Mrs Hurley a comprehensive overview of the processing of the retina tissue including images of retina sections.
His Excellency and Mrs Hurley (lab) suited up and Dr Sook Chung demonstrated stem cell culturing and gave a broad introduction to the stem cell project being undertaken by the Macular lab team led by Professor Mark Gillies.
From the Billson Lab, the welcoming party continued to Level 2 Lab where Associate Professor Michele Madigan’s doctoral student, Ephrem Sitiwin demonstrated how art can intersect with science with an enthusiastic overview of his research project in retinal development and His Excellency and Mrs Hurley were treated to the sweeping views of Macquarie Street, one of the best kept secrets in the Institute.
The tour finished with His Excellency and Mrs Hurley meeting with SSI clinic staff gaining an overview of common eye diseases treated by clinic staff. Smarou Avgoloupis and Professor John Grigg gave His Excellency and Mrs Hurley the all clear after taking wide field digital retinal images with new imaging equipment. Nonna Saakova provided an interesting overview of the role of electrophysiology in the diagnosis of eye diseases.
The afternoon was capped with an afternoon tea, where we welcomed and recognised the contribution of the inaugural Youth Ambassadors, Sacha Thomas and Harrison Kirkwood, with His Excellency presenting certificates of appreciation. Mrs Hurley rounded out the afternoon tea with a rousing rendition of “You are my Sunshine”, a tradition she started at Government House, showcasing her passion for music and singing.