Associate Dean (Research) UWA, Managing Director of the Lions Eye Institute

Professor David Mackey studied medicine at the University of Tasmania and completed ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne with fellowships in paediatric ophthalmology at the Royal Children’s Hospital and an MD with the University of Melbourne/ Murdoch Institute. After fellowships at the Johns Hopkins Centre for Hereditary Eye Disease in the USA, Moorfields Eye Hospital and Great Ormond St Hospital in London he returned to Melbourne in 1994 to work in the genetic eye clinics at the RVEEH, RCH and RHH.

He set up the Glaucoma Inheritance Study in Tasmania, examining over 2,000 glaucoma patients and even more relatives. He is the most published author in the field of glaucoma genetics and was elected as a member of the Glaucoma Research Society for this work.

In addition to families with eye diseases he has studies thousands of individuals with the Twins Eye Study in Tasmania & Brisbane, the Norfolk Island Eye Study, The WA Raine Eye Health Study and the Busselton Healthy Aging Study. This body of work has resulted in many gene discoveries and over 300 publications.

In 2009 David moved to Perth to become managing director of the Lions Eye Institute and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Western Australia. He is the past president of the International Society for Genetic Eye Disease and Retinoblastoma. In 2015 he was elected to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science and in 2016 was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in Oxford and London.