The Fincham Medal
The Silver medal was introduced in commemoration of the contribution to ophthalmic optics of brothers Walter and Edgar Fincham. The medal honours exceptional work by those who may be described as being “mid-career.” Three Fincham medals have been awarded, to:
Professor Neville McBrien PhD, FAAO, MCOptom, FBDO (1995) – for his research into myopia, and in particular how the abnormal growth of the eye is controlled in pathological myopia.
Dr Ian Flitcroft MA, DPhil, FRCOphth (2002) – for his research on human accommodation, especially the nature of the visual stimuli that drive accommodation and the relationship between binocular vision and accommodation reflex.
Professor Robin Ali PhD (2004) – for his pioneering work on gene therapy, which revealed that animal vision could be sustained and improved in animals with inherited retinal diseases by introducing normal genes using a viral vector.
Dr James Bainbridge PhD FRCOpth (2009) - for his successful trial of gene therapy in treating a particular form of genetically induced blindness in humans.
The next Fincham Medal is due to be awarded at the Company's 2017 Livery Dinner, in April 2017.