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Charles White is the first American to win the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) Da Vinci Award, an annual international research award that is given for practical contributions to the field of contact lenses. The Da Vinci Award is given in recognition of Charles’ groundbreaking work in controlling the release of comfort agents from continuous wear contact lenses to ensure high levels of patient comfort, as published in the February 2012 edition of Biomaterials, the leading journal in the field. The award includes an £1,000 honorarium and lodging and conference fees. White will give an invited presentation and receive his award at a gala dinner at the 36th Annual BCLA Clinical Conference, which takes place this May in Birmingham, UK.
His research work is advised by Dr. Mark Byrne, Daniel F. & Josephine Breeden Endowed Associate Professor in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.
“Charles is an excellent researcher who took grand ideas and made them happen in the lab. He is a focused and diligent researcher, and he deserves this substantial honor and recognition. In the coming years, his research contribution will be massive as this is a disruptive technology that will lead to many changes in the contact lens field significantly benefiting the patient," commented Dr. Byrne.
The British Contact Lens Association is a large international organization promoting excellence in research, manufacture, and clinical practice of contact lenses and ophthalmology and related areas.