Bronze medal winners
Two Bronze Medals are awarded annually by the Spectacle Makers’ Company.
Both the Bronze Medals (the Ruskell Medal and the Master’s Medal) are the subject of a competition, publicised among universities, colleges and medical and optical institutions each Spring.
Competition winners are invited to receive their medal at a lunch at Apothecaries’ Hall, so that their work can be recognised and rewarded publicly by the Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants.
The 2019 Ruskell Medal was awarded to Dr Kanmin Xue of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Oxford University. Dr Xue was the first author of a paper published in Nature Medicine October 2018 entitled “Beneficial effects on vision in patients undergoing retinal gene therapy for choroideremia”. This paper described the results of the world’s first phase 1/2 study of gene therapy for choroideremia, a major cause of inherited blindness, and demonstrated preservation or improvement in visual acuity in treated eyes over 2 to 5 years. The laboratory at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, under the leadership of Professor Robert MacLaren, has been at the forefront in this area of research in the last few years.
The 2019 Master’s Medal was awarded to Daniel S Asfaw, a member of the Crabb Lab team at City, University of London, for his paper “Does Glaucoma alter eye movements when viewing images in natural scenes? A between- eye study”.The work was undertaken by Daniel at the City University while studying for his PhD and has shown that natural eye movements recorded using near-infrared eye tracking while patients watch TV clips could be used to discriminate between healthy eyes and those with advanced glaucomatous field loss. The paper attracted considerable attention following its first publication in the Journal of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science in July 2018.
Bronze Medal Winners – 2018
Bronze Medal Winners – 2017
Bronze Medal Winners 2016
Bronze Medal Winners 2015