About Professor Jonathan Stone
Scientifically, it is a privilege for a scientist to be able, through research, to see and understand things no one has previously seen or understood. Medically, the devising of treatments for once-intractable disease is highly rewarding.
Professor Stone works on the cell biological basis of degenerative diseases of the retina and central nervous system.
Professor Stone has pioneered discoveries in the organization of visual processing, the development of the retina and its circuitry, the mechanisms of angiogenesis in the retina, the pathogenesis of a series of retinal diseases (retinopathy of prematurity, retinopathy of detachment, retinitis pigmentosa) and, recently, in the pathogenesis of dementia. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and served as its Secretary (Biological Sciences).
My supervision of PhD students extends back to the mid-1970’s; all have graduated and many gone on to reach high professional levels in universities or clinical work.Our current work has a strong basis in the lab’s discoveries in retinal structure, function, development and pathway organization. In recent years, we have developed a strongly molecular strand of analysis. The quality of the work has been recognized by my election to the Australian Academy of Science (1984), and by the Award of a Centenary Medal (2003) and the Sallman Prize of the Incternational Society for Eye Research. I have previously served as Professor of Anatomy at the UNSW, Challis Professor of Anatomy at this University, and as Director of the Institute for Biomedial Research (the forerunner of the present Bosch Institute). Papers published number ~ 175 to date.