Rabia Mobeen, a PhD student at the University of New South Wales School of Optometry and Vision Science, has received a 2019 Joe and Janet Barr Early Career Cornea and Contact Lens Research Award from the American Academy of Optometry Foundation.
Ms Mobeen’s research project is on ‘The corneal immune response in children, adolescents, and adult contact lens wearers’.
“Rabia is a talented emerging scientist with a very bright future
She was one of two researchers outside the United States to receive the award, the second being Pabita Dhungel, an MS/PhD Candidate at Pacific University College of Optometry.
The award is intended to provide a MS, PhD, vision science, or physiological optics student attending a school or college of optometry, with seed funding for a research project in cornea/ocular surface or contact lenses.
Speaking of Ms Mobeen’s award, Professor Lisa Keay, Head of School at University of New South Wales School of Optometry and Vision Science said, “Rabia is a talented emerging scientist with a very bright future”.
Both Ms Mobeen and Ms Dhungel will receive a US$2,000 award and a $750 travel fellowship to attend Academy 2019 Orlando and the 3rd World Congress of Optometry, from 23–27 October, 2019.