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Published: 20 August 2019

University of Surrey academic awarded prestigious prize from Royal Society of Medicine

By Natasha Meredith

Dr Marianne Coleman from the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey has been awarded the prestigious Squint Forum Prize from the Royal Society of Medicine for her ground breaking research in dementia.

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The annual Squint Forum Prize recognises high quality research performed by non-medical professionals in the fields of binocular vision and eye movement. Dr Coleman will present her research at the Royal Society of Medicine in London in December at their annual Squint Forum meeting.

Her research, funded by an inaugural Primer Fellowship Award from Fight for Sight and the Royal Society of Medicine, looks at how the ability to judge distances (depth perception), an important factor in falls, may be affected by dementia, and whether changes in pupil size during memory tasks could be a helpful indicator to monitor the progression of dementia.

Pilot work for this project, was carried out with support from Guildford Borough Council’s Park Barn Social Centre. Dr Coleman worked with participants aged 55 and over at the centre to explore suitable eye tests for those with memory loss. Findings from this pilot research found that those with memory problems can undertake tests without distress and helped identify which tests were easiest to understand and participate in. This will help inform wider research conducted in this area by Dr Coleman.

Dr Marianne Coleman, said: “It is a huge honour to be the recipient of the Squint Forum Prize. It is wonderful to have my research work recognised in this way, and I will continue to do my best in delivering high quality research that makes a difference to patients, and inspires other healthcare professionals to get involved in research.”

Professor Melaine Coward, Head of School of Health Sciences, said: “Congratulations to Marianne on this fantastic award. This is testament to all her hard work and dedication and I look forward to witnessing all her future achievements.”




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