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Optometry Australia is calling for nominations for the 2022 H Barry Collin Research Medal.

The prestigious medal recognises outstanding contributions to the advancement of knowledge in optics, vision science or clinical optometry by a person who is an Australian citizen or a graduate of an Australian optometry school, or who has done a significant part of his or her research in an Australian institution.

The medal is accompanied by a monetary prize of $5,000 and the recipient is required to submit a paper for publication in Optometry Australia’s journal, Clinical and Experimental Optometry.

The award is named after distinguished optometrist, academic and researcher, Emeritus Professor H Barry Collin, who was Editor-in-Chief of Clinical and Experimental Optometry for nearly a quarter of a century. Professor Collin received the Order of Australia for services to optometric education in the South Pacific.

The 2021 winner and fifteenth recipient of the award was Dr Joanne Wood, a Professor in Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) School of Optometry and Vision Science. Professor Wood has extensive research experience covering vision and driving, vision and falls, children’s functional vision and clinical psychophysics (including visual field testing and development of techniques for the early detection of ocular disease).

Nominations can be made by a single person or group and must include details of the name, position, qualifications and contact details of both the nominators and nominee. A curriculum vitae and overview statement of no more than 1,500 words on the nature, scope and importance of the research by the nominee is also required. Additional information about the nomination process is available here.

Nominations close February 28, 2022. Submission should be sent to Optometry Australia’s Education Publications Manager Sam Bonwick via email ( or mail (Sam Bonwick, Optometry Australia, P.O Box 1037, South Melbourne, Vic, 3205).

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