Anglia Ruskin's research excellence is rewarded

Published: 30 November 2011 at 13:36

Vision staff receive prestigious double honour from College of Optometrists

Members of Anglia Ruskin University’s Department of Vision and Hearing Sciences and Vision and Eye Research Unit (VERU) have been recognised by the College of Optometrists in its annual Research Excellence Awards.

Dr Richard Calver and Dr Ebi Osuobeni, both Senior Lecturers in Optometry and active researchers within VERU, received the Bernard Gilmartin Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics Award for the most highly regarded paper published in the journal Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics in the preceding five years.

Dr Calver and Dr Osuobeni received the award along with Professor Daniel O’Leary, the former head of department, and Dr Hema Radhakrishan, a former PhD student at Anglia Ruskin who now lectures at the University of Manchester.

Their paper, entitled ‘Peripheral refraction for distance and near vision in emmetropes and myopes’, examined the refraction of light reaching the periphery of the retina from distant and near objects.  This has now become a popular area of research, and there is some evidence that poor refraction in the peripheral retina is related to the development of myopia.

Dr Daryl Tabrett received the George Giles Postgraduate Research Prize for the most outstanding project in optometry by a postgraduate student.

His research centred on factors influencing the function of daily activities in people with visual impairment, and has already been published in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science.  Dr Tabrett is now undertaking post-doctoral research in Anglia Ruskin’s Vision and Eye Research Unit.

Dr John Siderov, Head of Vision and Hearing Sciences at Anglia Ruskin, said:

“These research awards are testimony to the high-quality vision research undertaken by Vision and Hearing Sciences staff, and to the high regard in which their research is held by other members of the optometric and vision science community.”