Optometrist Professor Joanne Wood is the 15th recipient of the prestigious H Barry Collin Research Medal for her outstanding contributions in vision, ageing and driving research over three decades.
A professor in Queensland University of Technology’s School of Optometry and Vision Science, she is one of only three female recipients in the medal’s 44-year history, sharing the honour with Professors Fiona Stapleton and Erica Fletcher.
“I am very proud to receive this award and hope that there will be many more female recipients in the future,” Professor Wood said.
The award is named after Professor H Barry Collin, long-serving former Editor-in-Chief of Optometry Australia’s journal, Clinical and Experimental Optometry (CXO) and includes an AU$5,000 prize and the recipient submitting a paper for publication in CXO.
It 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.
Professor Wood’s program of research has primarily focused on visual impairment and driving, night-time driving and visibility, and the functional impacts of vision impairment.
Throughout her 30-year career, she has developed an extensive research network both overseas and within Australia that has led to a series of collaborative research projects in visual impairment, ageing and driving. She has received more than 20 national and international awards for her research, teaching and significant impact in optometry and eye care.
Published with permission of Optometry Australia.