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Nominations are now open for Optometry Australia’s 2024 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.

Prof Suzanne Fleiszig, 17th recipient of the H Barry Collin Research Medal

The 2023 winner and 17th recipient of the award was Professor Suzanne Fleiszig for her outstanding scientific contributions to the field of cornea and contact lens research. Prof Fleiszig is one of five female recipients in the medal’s 44-year history, sharing the honour with Prof Fiona Stapleton, Prof Erica Fletcher, Prof Joanne Wood and Prof Tailoi Chan-Ling.  

How to nominate

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, 2024. Submissions should be sent to Optometry Australia’s Director of Education, Sam Bonwick, via email at

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