Helen has been recognised for her research, receiving numerous awards and research grants. She has published more than 120 articles. Her research has recently been focused in the New Scientist (January 2009) as one of the leading innovators in neuro-ophthalmology research.
She has also authored several chapters, including the Neuro-ophthalmology section in Albert & Jakobeic (a major reference textbook in ophthalmology). She has co-authored a major textbook in Neuro-ophthalmology published by McGraw-Hill and is presently co-authoring a second textbook, Glaucomatous Optic Neuropathy, to be published by Oxford University Press. Her research interests have also accrued over $1,000,000 in funding from diverse funding bodies, including Health Research Council of New Zealand, Auckland Medical Research Fund and the Save Sight Society of New Zealand.
Helen’s research focus spans both clinical and basic science aspects of optic nerve disease with an emphasis on translational ophthalmology. Her research interests include giant cell arteritis, ischaemic optic neuropathies, imaging modalities in neuro-ophthalmology, the role of astrocytes in optic neuropathies, and glaucomatous optic neuropathy.
Several aspects of her clinical research have influenced and altered clinical management strategies in the international arena, particularly her work on imaging of the retinal nerve fibre layer in chiasmal compression and the role of the “ice test” in myasthenia gravis.
As a neuro-ophthalmologist, Helen pioneered quantitative evaluation of the optic nerve and its morphological changes. She used optic nerve imaging modalities such as optical coherence tomography, scanning laser ophthalmoscopy and scanning laser polarimetry.
Professor Danesh-Meyer has established glaucoma and neuro-ophthalmology research at the University of Auckland and is the Head of the Optic Nerve and Glaucoma Research Unit of the New Zealand National Eye Centre (NZ-NEC). Her Optic Nerve Research Laboratory investigates ischaemic optic neuropathy and mechanisms of injury and repair in a novel rat model. Her team is also evaluating wound modulation in glaucoma filtration surgery in a rabbit model. She has also spearheaded collaborative clinical research with the Wilmer Eye Center at Johns Hopkins Medical School, the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, the University of Montreal and has close ties with the University of Melbourne.