Professor Bernard Gilmartin recognised

The academic received the College of Optometrists’ President’s Medal earlier this month

Bernard Gilmartin speaking into a microphone wearing a white shirt, pale blue tie and a dark grey suit.

The College of Optometrists has awarded its most prestigious research award, The President’s Medal, to Professor Bernard Gilmartin, who was presented with the accolade during an event hosted at Aston University earlier this month (6 June).

The College awards the medal once every four years in order to recognise a “lifetime’s contribution to optometric or vision science research by any professional working anywhere in the world.”

Speaking about receiving the medal, Professor Gilmartin said: “It is a great honour to have been awarded the President's Medal and to have been part of the College’s recognition of the importance of development and promotion of research within the optometric profession.”

Gilmartin was supported in the delivery of his President's Medal lecture by colleague and research collaborator, Professor Nicola Logan, who presented a formal lecture on Myopia: Characteristics; Causes; Control.

Speaking at the event, College president, Professor Leon Davies, said: “I would like to warmly congratulate Professor Gilmartin, a most worthy recipient of the President’s Medal. His lengthy and impactful career is inspiring to both students and colleagues, as I have experienced first-hand here at Aston. His portfolio of research papers is exceptional and his contribution to optometry throughout his career is unrivalled. Importantly, in addition to Bernard’s many academic achievements, he remains universally respected by both his past students and peers alike.”

Gilmartin was the recipient of the AOP Awards’ Lifetime Achievement award in 2013.