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City researchers make splash at world’s largest eye and vision meeting

Multidisciplinary team of staff and students from our Centre for Applied Vision Research make significant contribution to the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting 2019

by Shamim Quadir (Senior Communications Officer)

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) is the largest eye and vision research organisation in the world with a membership of 12,000 researchers from over 75 countries.

The ARVO Annual meeting was this year held in Vancouver in Canada, and is the largest and most prestigious eye and vision meeting on the annual calendar.

City, University of London made a significant to the meeting, with 19 members of staff and students from our Centre for Applied Vision Research, School of Health Sciences, delivering presentations both of research papers and posters about their research.

Dr Giovanni Montesano of City's Crabb Lab delivering his presentation at ARVO 2019

Early career researchers get a boost

ARVO awards travel grants to early career investigators whose submissions for presentation have scored very highly, and whose research findings are considered to be of high interest to the vision and ophthalmology research community. 

This year three members of City’s Crabb Lab: Lee Jones, Dr Deanna Taylor and Jamie Enoch were awarded these prestigious grants.

Crabb Lab members at ARVO 2019: James Enoch, Bethany Higgins, Lee Jones, Professor David Crabb and Dr Deanna Taylor


David Crabb, Professor of Statistics and Vision Research at City, leads the Crabb Lab and said:

At one stage in Vancouver, I thought I was back in London having seen so many colleagues from the division presenting their brilliant research. Members of the Crabb Lab gave seven presentations alone and Dr Deanna Taylor was invited to chair one of the scientific sessions – quite an achievement for someone at an early stage of their research career.

“All this activity illustrates how Optometry at City is at the centre of international eye and vision research.”


Dr Ahalya Subramanian, Senior Lecturer and Divisional Lead Optometry at City, added:

“It was fantastic seeing so many colleagues attend ARVO 2019 and showcasing their fantastic research. City Optometry has a long standing history of carrying out vision science research bringing together a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and scientists all working together to improve eye health care.”

Find out more about the Centre for Applied Vision Research at City.

Visit the Crabb Lab.

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