Oberdorfer Award in Low Vision Research

This award recognizes the seminal contributions of Michael D. Oberdorfer, PhD in support of low vision research. Dr. Oberdorfer served for many years at the National Eye Institute (NEI) as director of Strabismus, Amblyopia and Visual Processing and director of Low Vision and Blindness Rehabilitation for the NEI Extramural Research Program. His support of low vision research led to an expansion of funded grants in that field. First presented in 2012, the Oberdorfer Award in Low Vision Research is supported by the Lighthouse Guild through the ARVO Foundation.

Awardees will receive a $1,250 honorarium, an inscribed award and invitations to several special events at the ARVO Annual Meeting.

Eligible candidates are invited speakers to the ARVO Annual Meeting who will be presenting a low vision topic. The award recipient will present a lecture during an invited speaker session (symposium, minisymposium or cross-sectional group session) at the ARVO Annual Meeting.

Application process
There is no application process for this award.

Review and selection process
The Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) nominates invited speakers presenting a low vision-related topic. A selection committee evaluate and score the nominees based on the role they have played in furthering low-vision research.


Recipients will be notified in December.

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2022 recipient: Joanne Wood, PhD

Joanne Wood is a Professor in the Centre for Vision and Eye Research, School of Optometry and Vision Science, at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia. Her research experience, which spans a period of more than 30 years, includes a PhD in Visual Sciences at Aston University, Birmingham, UK and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychophysics at Oxford University, before joining QUT where she has been since 1989. She is the 2022 Oberdorfer Award for Low Vision Research recipient for the session entitled, "Spotlight on macular disease: Impact on everyday function and wellbeing."