Save Sight Institute celebrates 30 year anniversary
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26 Mar 2015
A message from Professor Peter McCluskey, Director of Save Sight Institute:
This year the Save Sight Institute celebrates its 30 year anniversary.
I am exceptionally proud of what we have all achieved over this period. More than anything I feel profoundly honoured to be part of an organisation that helps so many people by translating the latest research into best practice patient care.
When I think back to where ophthalmology was 30 years ago, I marvel at how far we have come. I am truly excited by the pace of discovery in medical research and proud to see so many of Australia’s most gifted and dedicated scientists and clinicians choosing to devote their professional lives to saving sight. We have come a long way, but we still have much to do.
The biggest threat to progress right now is not the boundaries of science or human will. We have an exceptional pool of committed researchers, some of the best in the world. Our progress is being hampered by a lack of funding.
Researchers need to pay their bills just like everyone else. Sadly, the constant slashing of investment in research programmes is beginning to discourage the best and brightest minds from building a career in medical science. This is a loss that our ageing and growing population simply cannot afford, and the true impact will be felt in years to come.
Let’s not take medical research for granted. Ultimately, we all benefit from overcoming health challenges.
I urge anyone who cares about this topic, to write to their local member of parliament. Better yet, make an appointment and explain why it’s so important to invest in medical research.
In the meantime, we continue to focus our efforts on finding new and improved ways to avoid blindness, and your support is sincerely appreciated.
Professor Peter McCluskey
Director, Save Sight Institute