Ophthalmology researcher wins prestigious prize

Best Talk prize for Dr Zhanhan Tu at the European Paediatric Opthalmological Society conference.

Congratulations to Dr Zhanhan Tu, postdoctoral researcher from the Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour, who has won the Best Talk prize at the 44th European Paediatric Ophthalmological Society (EPOS) conference.

The aims of EPOS is to bring together ophthalmologists, paediatricians, geneticists, and researchers interested in the field of paediatric ophthalmology, and in particular genetic diseases of the eye, and provide a forum for open discussions and to share information.

Speaking of her award, Dr Tu said: “I am delighted to receive this award. We have worked very hard on this project in Malawi in the last 3 years. So it feels fantastic to be recognised in this way. I want to take this opportunity to thank my supervisor Professor Irene Gottlob, plus collaborators and all our lovely participants in Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, without whom none of this work would have been done.”

Professor Irene Gottlob, Professor of Ophthalmology, said: “This prestigious prize is very well deserved. Zhanhan’s research is important as it has the potential to improve diagnosis in cerebral malaria by using optical coherence tomography.  

“It also permits for the first time to monitor disease activity at an almost microscopical level in vivo in the retina and opens the way to new methods to recognise early swelling of the brain.”

Dr Tu’s talk was titled ‘Optical Coherence Tomography Provides Insights into Pathology of Cerebral Malaria’ and was based on her study of the last three malaria seasons in Malawi (2016-2018).

EPOS is the biggest paediatric ophthalmological conference in the European Countries. The three day meeting was held in Budapest and included 175 presentations by researchers and clinicians from more than 20 countries.