American Optometric Association Recognises Professor Mark Willcox with Dr Donald R. Korb Award

UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science congratulates Professor Mark Willcox who has been recognised by the American Optometric Association (AOA) Contact Lens and Cornea Section with the Dr Donald R. Korb Award.

“This award recognises an individual who has been a true innovator and leader in the field of contact lenses and anterior segment disease. The awardee must have propelled the profession’s knowledge base through novel research or lifelong education to other professionals in the field of contact lenses and anterior segment anomalies, has made a major developmental impact on the profession through an innovative device or educational breakthrough, and has made a positive effect on the way practitioners manage their patients with anterior segment anomalies.”

Willcox, a Professor, Medical Microbiologist and Director of Research at UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science has worked for many years in the area of infections of medical devices. His laboratory at the School focuses on the development of novel antimicrobials that have applications as antibiotics and disinfectants. There, he and his team develop new antimicrobial coatings that can be used for a variety of purposes, including coating of medical devices to reduce associated infections. Several of these initiatives have gone through to pre-clinical testing, and antimicrobial contact lenses through to Phase III clinical trials. Within the area of contact lens research, his laboratory focuses on understanding the aetiology of adverse events and comfort during contact lens wear.

Professor Willcox said “It is a great honour to be awarded the American Optometric Association 2020 Dr Donald R. Korb Award for Excellence, especially as I hold Dr Korb in such high regard. His commitment to translational science is also what motivates me.”