Helen Danesh-Meyer is The Sir William and Lady Stevenson Professor of Ophthalmology and Head of the Optic Nerve and Glaucoma Research Unit of the New Zealand National Eye Centre (NZ-NEC) at the University of Auckland. She has been a member of the academic faculty in the Department of Ophthalmology since 2000. She attended the University of Otago Medical School graduating in 1991. Helen undertook fellowship training in glaucoma and neuro-ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. She completed her doctoral thesis (MD) in 2004 on giant cell arteritis and her PhD in 2010.
Helen is a clinician-scientist who divides her professional activities almost equally between patient care activities and research. She has published more than 150 articles (excluding abstracts), in peer-reviewed scientific papers. Helen has served as Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for RANZCO served as a RACE examiner and is extensively involved in international collaborative research and teaching including being involved in curricula development for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and RANZCO. She has been on the Editorial Board of Ophthalmology, Journal of Clinical Neuroscience and Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology. She is presently on the Editorial Board of American Journal of Ophthalmology and Survey of Ophthalmology. Helen has been an invited Keynote Speaker at numerous international meetings including Neuro-ophthalmology Subspecialty Day has been an invited at AAO, ASCRS, European Neuro-ophthalmology Society, the Harvard Fall Festival. She is presently Chair of Glaucoma New Zealand, a charitable trust for the prevention of blindness from glaucoma, and received the Paul Harris Rotary Award for community service.