Dr Laura Edwards awarded research prize by College of Optometrists
Dr Edwards received the George Giles Postgraduate Research Prize for her research in the area of public health, relating to optometry.
Dr Laura Edwards is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow and specialist optometrist at Moorfield's Eye Hospital NHS Trust, London. This month she won the prestigious George Giles Postgraduate Research Prize from the College of Optometrists for her research in the area of public health, relating to optometry, and which she conducted while studying for her PhD at the Crabb Lab, City, University of London.
The award was one of five Research Excellence Awards given by the College as they recognised the achievements of some of the leading researchers in the field of optometry at its annual Diploma Ceremony in Central Hall Westminster in London.
This is the second time in three years a member of the Crabb Labb has been awarded the Prize, with Dr Deanna Taylor being awarded the Prize in 2017, reinforcing the reputation of the lab as a centre of research excellence.
Dr Edward's PhD work involved using ‘Pop-Up’ health check stations at eight shopping centres across the UK. The Pop-ups offered a free check for elevated intraocular eye pressure, but also offered a free blood pressure check half of the time, to investigate whether this might encourage engagement with the eye health assessment. Her research assessed both the effect of the different offers and correlations between location and issues found, with her latest article from the study published this month in the journal, the BMJ Open.
Speaking about the award, Dr Edwards said:
So delighted to have been awarded the George Giles Postgraduate Research Award! Thank you to the College of Optometrists for this great honour and thank you to everyone who helped and supported me along my PhD journey.