ACF awarded international prize in Neuro-Ophthalmology

Posted by rf117 at Aug 02, 2018 03:17 PM |
NIHR ACF in Ophthalmology 2016-2019 Dr Sohaib Rufai recognised with prestigious ARVO Members-in-Training Outstanding Poster Award for pioneering work in the field of Neuro-Ophthalmology.
ACF awarded international prize in Neuro-Ophthalmology

Dr Sohaib Rufai at the ARVO 2018 conference

In May 2018, Dr Sohaib Rufai (NIHR ACF in Ophthalmology 2016-2019) was awarded the ARVO prize for best presentation in the highly competitive Neuro-ophthalmology category. Dr Rufai was selected as one of 85 finalists for the ARVO Members in Training (MIT) prize, awarded to the best presentation per category by world experts in the field. He went on to win the Neuro-ophthalmology prize for his poster presentation titled "Comparison of quantitative segmentation analysis and structural grading of foveal hypoplasia in infants for the prediction of future visual acuity: A longitudinal cohort study" which is research into handheld 3D eye imaging in infants with nystagmus or “dancing eyes”.

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) is the world’s largest vision conference, attracting over 11,000 attendees from more than 75 countries this year to the Honolulu Convention Center in Hawaii, USA. The 5-day meeting featured over 6,000 presentations by researchers from all around the world.

Leicester was the first centre in Europe to receive the handheld 3D optical coherence tomography (OCT) scanner. Dr Rufai has led the world’s first longitudinal study using handheld OCT to develop a grading system for underdevelopment of the retina in infants with nystagmus, to help prediction of future vision and management. The study was supervised by Professor Irene Gottlob, Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Leicester. He was recognised with the award at the ARVO closing keynote session among other prize winners.

Dr Rufai commented

“We are thrilled that our research is being recognised at this level. I am humbled to receive this award and all the credit goes to my supervisors Professor Irene Gottlob, Dr Frank Proudlock, my research colleagues and most of all to our fantastic patients. We hope our unit’s research continues to thrive for the benefit of all children with nystagmus.”

It is a big win for UK vision research and we at the University pass on our congratulations.

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