Leicester Ophthalmologist receives prestigious national award

Dr Sohaib Rufai has been awarded the Ivor Levy prize by the UK Neuro-Ophthalmology Society.

An Ophthalmologist at the University of Leicester has received a prestigious award for a presentation he delivered to the UK Neuro-Opthalmology Society this month.

Dr Sohaib Rufai, NIHR Doctoral Fellow in Ophthalmology, won the Ivor Levy Prize for the best presentation after he delivered a podium presentation titled: 'Characterising optic nerve head morphological variation in craniosynostosis using handheld OCT'.

Dr Rufai leads the RIO Study, Recognition of Intracranial hypertension in children using handheld OCT. The study aims to detect raised pressure in the skull of children who are at risk, using handheld OCT – a safe and child-friendly eye scanner. The device provides three-dimensional images of the optic nerve in minute detail, which can help clinicians to detect the signs of raised skull pressure so that the children can promptly receive the appropriate treatment.

Dr Rufai leads the RIO Study – Recognition of Intracranial hypertension in children using handheld OCT.

On receiving the award, Dr Rufai said:

“I am very grateful to receive the Ivor levy prize from UKNOS on behalf of my team. I am grateful to my colleagues and mentors at the University of Leicester, including Dr Frank Proudlock, Dr Mervyn Thomas and Professor Irene Gottlob. I am also grateful to the senior investigators at GOSH, Mr Owase Jeelani and Mr Richard Bowman, and the entire team. Finally, I would like to thank all the patients and families who supported this study.”

This award-winning work represents a collaboration between the University of Leicester and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, funded by the National Institute for Health Research.