Anthony D.C. Macknight
Professor A. D. C. (Tony) Macknight graduated MBChB from the University of Otago in 1963. After a year as a House Surgeon, he returned to the Otago Department of Physiology where he completed a PhD in 1968 and an MD in 1969. He then spent two years doing postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the laboratory of Professor Alexander Leaf. He returned to a position as Lecturer in Physiology at Otago in 1971 and in 1984 was appointed as the Wolf Harris Professor of Physiology at the University of Otago. He continued his research until 2007, his research group in Otago collaborating with Professor Mortimer Civan at the University of Pennsylvania in a study of the ciliary epithelium.
In 1983, he initiated the development of the computer-based data acquisition system for use in biomedical teaching and research that is now marketed internationally by ADInstruments as the PowerLab system and is used in universities, research institutes and industry throughout the world.
He played a major role in the introduction in 1987 of problem-based, case- oriented learning in physiology for medical students at the University of Otago. During the 1990s he was a key member of the Curriculum Development group that designed and implemented a new, systems-based, case-related two year preclinical medical course.
Professor Macknight was the chairman of the Organising Committee and the International Scientific Program Committee for the 34th International Congress of the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) that was held in Christchurch, NZ in 2001. He was a member of the Council of the IUPS from 2001 to 2009.
Presently he acts as a Consultant for ADInstruments, is a member of the IUPS Education Committee, and continues to serve on Grant Reviewing Committees of the Health Research Council of NZ.