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Ophthalmology Department scoops awards at Eye Symposium

Researchers of the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Leicester, recently attended the 7th Nottingham Eye Symposium & Research Meeting at The Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham. The Department picked up two awards out of three for 1st place in the Clinical Research presentation, The Nottingham Research Trophy, and 1st place in the poster category, The Nottingham Poster Prize.

The Eye Symposium has been running for the last seven years, and presenters could chose to give an oral research presentation, clinical or basic research, or enter a poster. The Eye Symposium attracted a Midland-wide audience and was very popular. 

[Photo: Mr Paul Tesha, Professor Irene Gottlob, Ms Musarat Awan]
PRIZEWINNERS: Left to right: Mr Paul Tesha, Specialist Registrar, Department of Ophthalmology, The Leicester Royal Infirmary, Professor Irene Gottlob, Head of Department of Ophthalmology, University of Leicester and Ms Musarat Awan, Research Orthoptist, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Leicester

The University put together a strong contingent, as they had three people speaking in the research category and five posters entered. All presenters faced a tough jury panel, including two overseas judges.

Competing against a strong field of twelve speakers, Ms Musarat Awan, Research Orthoptist, won the Prize Trophy for Ophthalmological Research (The Nottingham Research Trophy) with her presentation entitled The Effect and Compliance of Strabismic Amblyopia Measured with the Occlusion Dose Monitor. Ms Awan, who is currently working on her research study, said “The award is a reflection of the hardwork and support of colleagues within the Department. It is an honour to have efforts acknowledged”. Co-authors of this winning presentation were Dr Frank Proudlock and Professor Irene Gottlob.

Mr Paul Tesha, Specialist Registrar in Ophthalmology at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, has been assisting the University Department with their Interactive Teaching Website. The University has been creating a case-based ophthalmology website for the teaching of undergraduate medical students for the University Medical School.  Mr Tesha won the poster category with his Interactive Teaching in Ophthalmology display. Co-authors of the winning poster were Dr Frank Proudlock, Miss Nagini Sarvananthan, Rebecca McLean, Jill Horsley and Professor Irene Gottlob.

The afternoon session involved a symposium on cataract and refractive surgery with invited guest speakers from around Britain. The day rounded off with The Norman Galloway Lecture given by invited speaker Professor McGhee from the University of Auckland, new Zealand who spoke on Exploring the Topographic and Inner World of the Cornea to the Horizon of the Iris Place: Contemporary Imaging of the Anterior Segment of the Eye.  

The Lecture in named in memory of Norman Galloway, who implemented many changes in the structure of Ophthalmology at Nottingham.

Jill Horsley

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