Professor Peter Thorne
Director, Eisdell Moore Centre, The University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ
Professor Thorne is Director of the Eisdell Moore Centre, a nationally focused research centre based at the University of Auckland concerned with hearing and balance disorders. He is also Co-Director of Brain Research New Zealand, a national Centre of Research Excellence on the ageing brain. His research is in sensory neurobiology particularly inner ear diseases and influence of noise exposure and aging on hearing. He has published widely in international audiology and neuroscience journals and sits on the governing boards of several medical research funding organisations in New Zealand.
Professor Thorne contributes substantially to the hearing-impaired community, serving until recently as President of the National Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and contributes to the work of the World Health Organisation in the prevention of deafness and development of services globally, but particularly in Pacific Island Countries. He is currently a member of the core group developing the WHO World Report on Hearing. He was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009 for services to Audiology and Auditory Neuroscience.