Nearly 12,000 eye and vision researchers gathered in Seattle, Washington for the 2016 Annual Meeting of The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), June 1-6. During ARVO, the Low Vision Research Group (LVRG) had its annual meeting, social and presentation of the Envision-Atwell Award for Low Vision Research.
This year, Micaela Gobeille, second year student at New England College of Optometry, Boston, Massachusetts, was selected as the eighth annual Envision-Atwell Award winner for research in low vision and vision rehabilitation. Gobeille was recognized for her research abstract titled “Clinically Meaningful Outcomes of Low Vision Rehabilitation Provided by a Mobile Clinic.” Her research included data she collected for her master’s research project around measuring the outcomes of low vision rehabilitation delivered on the New England Eye On-Sight Mobile Clinic.
The award was originally named the Atwell Award, in honor of long-time low vision research supporter Constance Atwell. While on staff at the National Eye Institute, Dr. Atwell played a pivotal role in encouraging and motivating high quality low vision research. The Envision-Atwell Award is given to an ARVO presenter who is a junior investigator, defined as an individual who is currently a student, post-doctoral researcher or junior faculty member with less than five years since their last professional degree. The award consists of a $1,000 stipend and a trophy celebrating the spirit of the award on behalf of Envision.