International accolade for Peter Hunter

28 June 2017
Iain Anderson with Poul Nielsen and Peter Hunter in one of the ABI laboratories

Distinguished Professor Peter Hunter, the director of the University’s Bioengineering Institute (ABI), has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom.

Peter will receive the doctorate in engineering in person next month.

“This award means a lot to me,” he says. ”The Insigneo Institute, led by Professor Marco Viceconti at the University of Sheffield, is the preeminent bioengineering institute in Europe.”

Renowned for his work in the fields of computational physiology, Peter completed his engineering degrees at Auckland before doing his DPhil (PhD) in Physiology at the University of Oxford.

Computational physiology involves using engineering, physics, mathematics, physiology, molecular biology and computer science to make personalised 3D computer models of the human body.

It’s hoped that these models will help with the prediction, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of illness.

“At ABI we combine mathematical modelling with new experimental approaches and the development of new instrumentation and new medical devices,” says Peter.

“The future of healthcare will increasingly rely on personalised models, informed by wearable instruments that monitor health status,” he says.

Alongside his role as director of ABI and Professor of Engineering Science at Auckland, Peter is also Director of Computational Physiology at Oxford University and Director of the Medical Technologies Centre of Research Excellence (MedTech CoRE).

He was appointed to the NZ Order of Merit in 2010 and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Nottingham in 2009.

The Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences share a close relationship with the Bioengineering Institute and are very proud of Peter Hunter's achievement.