College of Optometrists celebrates sector’s researchers at its annual Diploma Ceremony

  • 12 Nov 2018

The College of Optometrists recognised the achievements of some of the sector’s leading researchers in the field at its annual Diploma Ceremony at Central Hall Westminster in London last Tuesday.

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Four optometric researchers were presented with the College’s Research Excellence Award for their contributions across a variety of areas: 

  • Dr Nicola Logan MCOptom was awarded the Neil Charman Medal for Research for her work on the mechanisms of myopic eyes.
  • The George Giles Postgraduate Research Prize was presented to Dr Nilpa Shah MCOptom for her research into the improvement of measurement of visual function in clinical settings, which gave rise to the development of the Moorfield’s Acuity Chart.
  • Professor Robert Hess was awarded the Bernard Gilmartin OPO Award, along with his co-authors, for their paper, ‘Binocular vision in amblyopia: structure, suppression and plasticity’, which looked at recent studies about the structure, measurement and treatment of binocular vision in observers with strabismic, anisometropic and mixed amblyopia.
  • The Philip Cole Prize for excellence in practice-based research was presented to Jasleen Jolly MCOptom for her work on biomarkers in retinal disease.

College President, Professor Edward Mallen MCOptom, also welcomed over 300 newly qualified optometrists to the profession at the ceremony, as well as recognising outstanding achievement through the presentation of Higher Qualifications, Fellowships by Portfolio, Life and Honorary Fellowships.  

Speaking at the event, Professor Mallen MCOptom, President of the College of Optometrists, said: “It is such a pleasure to honour and celebrate the success of those who have made a significant contribution to the profession and practice of optometry through the awarding of Fellowships, Research Excellence Awards and Higher Qualifications. It’s also great to welcome so many young and talented newly qualified members to the profession and celebrate the start of their new challenging and rewarding career.”

Sehrish Khalid MCOptom, who received her membership diploma at the ceremony said: “The diploma ceremony has been so lovely and it’s been great to celebrate our achievements. It’s great to be a part of the College, to be recognised as a new member of the profession and to hear the inspiring speeches.” 

More information on the Research Excellence Awards.


Notes to Editors

  1. The College is the professional body for optometry. It qualifies the profession and delivers the guidance and training to ensure optometrists provide the best possible care. We promote excellence through the College’s affixes, by building the evidence base for optometry, and raising awareness of the profession with the public, commissioners, and health care professionals.
  2. The College’s awards recognise achievement and celebrate outstanding contributions to research in the fields of optometry, optics and vision science. 
  3. The College of Optometrists has introduced an opportunity for members, organisations and the public to support the College’s research work. The College is inviting donations to allow individuals and organisations to play a part in its work to develop evidence that is capable of advancing the profession, reduce preventable vision loss and providing accessible, high quality, eye care for all. To contribute to The Post Doctorate Award fund, visit the College’s donation page
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