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College of Optometrists presents major research award to Professor

21 November 13

Professor of Visual Development, Brendan Barrett received the accolade t the college's annual Diploma Ceremony

Professor Brendan Barrett from the University of Bradford has been awarded the Bernard Gilmartin OPO Award by the College of Optometrists.

The award celebrates Professor Barrett’s paper: ‘A critical evaluation of the evidence supporting the practice of behavioural vision therapy', he was presented the award at the college’s annual Diploma Ceremony at Central Hall, Westminster this November.

Professor Barrett’s paper revealed a lack of controlled trials in the literature to support the approaches of behavioural optometry, and he concluded that, because most of these approaches are not evidence-based, they cannot be supported.

The Bernard Gilmartin OPO Award recognises excellence in undertaking research and articulating findings, and was one of five College of Optometrists Research Excellence Awards presented at the ceremony, which welcomed more than 260 new optometrists into the profession.

Michael Bowen, Director of Research at the College of Optometrists explained: “One of the key aims of the College is to enable and support research into optometry and related fields, which will advance the profession and result in real public benefit. There is some amazing research taking place in university departments, hospital clinics and practices across the UK, and the College’s Research Excellence Awards allow us to shine a light on some of these projects, and recognise the hard work, commitment and achievements of some of the most talented individuals working in optometric research today.

“Professor Barrett's literature review is an elegant example of how a methodical review of existing evidence can show what we know and highlight where further research is needed - this type of research is critical in avoiding errors in clinical practice.”

Professor of Visual Development at the University of Bradford, Brendan Barrett, said: "I'm delighted to have won an award named after one of the most important and influential contributors to optometric and vision science research, not only in the UK but also internationally".

Nominations for the 2014 College of Optometrists Research Excellence Awards open in December.  

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