Combined Royal Colleges Medal Lecture at The Royal College of Physicians London

23 November 2018

SIG: Medical

On 15 November 2018 about 50 people turned up including the President of the Royal College of Physicians, Professor Andrew Goddard and the President of the Royal Photographic Society, Robert Albright HonFRPS to attend the lecture by Dr Andrew Bastawrous, the recipient of the Combined Royal Colleges Medal for 2017.

Thirty-nine million people in the world are blind, and the majority lost their sight due to curable and preventable diseases. But how do you test and treat people who live in remote areas, where expensive, bulky eye equipment is hard to come by? Dr Andrew Bastawrous gives a fascinating lecture on the medical photography that may provide a solution.

Dr Andrew Bastawrous is the founder and CEO of Peek Vision, and an Associate Professor of International Eye Health at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He is also a TED Fellow and in 2014 delivered a compelling talk ‘Get your next eye exam on a smartphone’. His company Peek Vision work to bring better vision and health to everyone, developing technology and partnerships to create sustainable access to eye care. Peek's smartphone-based technology, Peek Retina, also generates data which enables health care providers to supply cost-effective, targeted treatment, and Andrew explained how the programme has grown from a PhD research project to an internationally-adopted national programme in just five years.

He was the recipient of the Combined Royal Colleges Medal at The Royal Photographic Society Awards in 2017. Established by The Society in 1958 in collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians of London, the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, The Combined Royal Colleges Medal is awarded for an outstanding contribution to the advancement and/or application of medical photography or the wider field of medical imaging.


L-R: Professor Andrew Goddard (President, Royal College of Physicians) Robert Albright (President, The Royal Photographic Society, Dr Andrews Bastawrous (Speaker, Combined Royal Colleges Medal winner), Professor Afzal Ansary (Chair of the Medical Group - Medical Awards Committee) at the Royal College of Physicians, London.   

 Photo: Angelos Rantis (Moorfield Eye Hospital, London)