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Worcestershire consultant wins national award for best publication in the UK

11 October 2017

An eye doctor from Worcestershire’s acute hospitals has received a national award for writing the best research publication in the UK.

Geraint Williams award

Geraint Williams, Consultant Ophthalmologist for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust received the recognition from the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers, based in London.

Mr Williams’ paper – which addresses scarring of the delicate protective lining on the surface of the eye - earned the Consultant the Ruskell Medal which is awarded to the author of the best publication prize for research papers in the fields of ophthalmology or visual science.

The paper  - ‘Conjunctival Neutrophils Predict Progressive Scarring in Ocular Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid’ - was the largest study of its type, involving important research on a set of conditions which are rare but can be severe for patients who experience them.

Mr Williams demonstrated how measurements of the scarring of the eye by these rare conditions could be improved using specialist equipment, with the paper concluding that its findings are an important step towards developing a test for monitoring the progression of this set of conditions.

The research was undertaken at the University of Birmingham, where Mr Williams is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer.

Geraint Williams said: “I’m really proud to be awarded with the Ruskell Medal for 2017. My co-authors and I believe the paper is an exciting and important step in our understanding and potential to develop a test for monitoring disease in this condition.”