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City Professor given prestigious Royal College of Ophthalmologists award

Professor David Crabb awarded the prestigious Edridge Green Lecture and Medal from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

by George Wigmore (Senior Communications Officer)

EG MedalDavid Crabb, an optometry Professor at City University London, has been awarded the prestigious Edridge Green Lecture and Medal from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists for his work relating to chronic eye diseases such as glaucoma. The award was given at The Royal College of Ophthalmologist Annual Congress in Liverpool.

Started in 1956, the award has previously been given to well-known scientists such as Professors Colin Blakemore and Susan Greenfield.

Speaking about the award, Professor Crabb said: “This award is a great honour and it was a real privilege to give the Edridge Green Lecture because it has a great history. Some great visual scientists, far better than me, have given the lecture previously. The award is also a great credit to my lab and all its members, and I would also like to thank all the funders who have made my research possible.”

Professor Crabb’s research lab, which contains a mixture of vision scientists, optometrists, psychologists, mathematicians and computer scientists, has attracted an international reputation, specifically in glaucoma research.

Focusing specifically on measurement in vision, especially visual fields, imaging and eye movements, Professor Crabb and colleagues have published more than 50 papers since 2010. Other themes include the design of new tests for visual disorders, development of clinical decision support software and using ‘big data’ extracted from NHS clinics to assess health service delivery of age-related eye diseases. His research laboratory has also attracted significant funding from industry and charitable organisations like the International Glaucoma Association and Fight for Sight.

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