Professor to receive prestigious international award in UK first

Professor Coupland

The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) has selected Professor Sarah Coupland to receive the ICO Ophthalmic Pathology Award in 2018. This is the first time anyone in the UK has been selected.

Professor Coupland is a consultant histopathologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, leads the University’s ‘Liverpool Ocular Oncology Research Group’ (LOORG), and is Director of the North West Cancer Research Centre.

ICO is composed of more than 100 national and over 40 subspecialty member societies from around the world. ICO Member societies are part of a community connecting the world’s ophthalmologists and vision scientists, working together to preserve and restore vision.

The ICO Ophthalmic Pathology Award is presented every four years to individuals who have been nominated by their peers and selected by the ICO. Only one woman has received the award previously.

Of the award Professor Coupland, said: “I am extremely honoured to have been selected from a group of international nominees to receive this prestigious award.

“It means a huge amount to me, in return I will give the ‘Naumann Lecture’ at the ‘World Ophthalmology Congress’ (WOC), in honour of Professor G.O.H. Naumann (Elangen, Germany), who has been a friend and mentor during my career.”

The award will be presented to Professor Coupland during the Opening Ceremony of the ‘WOC’ in Barcelona, Spain on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

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