Envision Awards

Envision-Atwell Award

The award was originally named the Atwell Award, in honor of long-time low vision research supporter Constance Atwell. While on staff at the National Eye Institute, Dr. Atwell played a pivotal role in encouraging and motivating high quality low vision research. The Envision-Atwell Award is given to an ARVO presenter who is a junior investigator, defined as an individual who is currently a student, post-doctoral researcher, or junior faculty member with less than five years since their last professional degree. The award consists of a $1,000 stipend and a trophy celebrating the spirit of the award.


Past awardees:

2018 - Yingzi Xiong

Research Associate, Department of Psychology, Minnesota Lab for Low Vision Research, University of Minnesota.

Abstract: Fonts Designed for Macular Degeneration: Impact on Reading

2017 - Michael Barry

PhD Candidate in Biomedical/Medical Engineering at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.

Abstract: Retinal Prosthesis Users’ Shifts in Hand-camera Coordination Correlate with Changes in Eye Orientation.

2016 - Micaela Gobeille

Second year student, New England College of Optometry, Boston, Massachusetts.

Abstract: Clinically meaningful outcomes of low vision rehabilitation provided by a mobile clinic.

2015 – Pamela Jeter, PhD

Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.

Abstract: Yoga Increases the Sensory contribution to Balance in Visually Impaired Persons at Risk for Falls.

2014 - Luminita Tarita-Nistor, PhD

Vision Science Research Program
Toronto Western Hospital and Centre for Vision Research
York University, Toronto, Canada

Abstract: Identification of Preferred Retinal Loci during Binocular Viewing in Patients with Central Vision Loss

2013 - Thomas Butt

PhD Candidate
University College London Institute of Ophthalmology, London, United Kingdom

Abstract: Comparing Patient and Public Preferences for Health States Associated with Age-Related Macular Degeneration

2012 - Concetta Alberti, PhD

Research Fellow in Ophthalmology
Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston, Massachusetts

Abstract: Scanning and Detection of Static and Moving Pedestrians by Drivers With Hemianopia in a Simulator

2011 - Hannah Dunbar

Student, Visual Neuroscience
UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, United Kingdom

Abstract: Relationship Between Severity of Disease and Visual Ability and Function in Diabetic Eye Disease

2010 – Antonio Macedo, OD

PhD Candidate
University College London Institute of Ophthalmology, London, United Kingdom

Abstract: Maximising Reading Speed in Macular Disease

2009 – Nicole Ross

Masters student in Vision Science
Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston, Massachusetts

Abstract: Consideration of Optical Scotomas in Designing Visual Field Expansion Devices

Envision Award in Low Vision Research

As a follow-up to the Envision-Atwell Award, the Envision Award in Low Vision Research is presented to a mid-career senior investigator in low vision and vision rehabilitation research. The award is presented each year during Envision Conference to a mid-career senior investigator in low vision and vision rehabilitation research. Selection is peer reviewed and based on research by a scientist having six or more years post-terminal or professional degree research.


Past awardees:

2016 - J. Vernon Odom, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology, West Virgina University, West Virgina Lions Visual Function Labratory, Morgantown, West Virgina.

2015 – Robert Massof, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Director, Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center at the Wilmer Eye Institute. Baltimore, MD

2014 - Janet Sunness, MD

Medical Director, Richard E. Hoover Low Vision Rehabilitation Services
Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Towson, MD

2013 – Alex Bowers, MC (Optom), PhD

Harvard Medical School,
Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston, MA

2012 – Olga Overbury, PhD

School of Optometry, University of Montreal; Department of Ophthalmology,
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

2011 – Gary Rubin, PhD

Helen Keller Professor of Visual Rehabilitation Institute of Ophthalmology
London, England, UK

2010 – Gordon Legge, PhD

Director, Minnesota Laboratory for Low Vision Research
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2009 – George Timberlake, PhD

Director, Kansas Lions Sight Foundation Eye Research Fund
Senior Eye/Vision Researcher

Kansas City VA Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas

Envision Oculus Award

The Envision Oculus Award is presented annually at [Envision Conference] to an individual(s) or organization whose career or program has had a national or international impact for people who are blind or low vision through professional collaboration, advocacy, research or education.


Past awardees:

2017 - University of Alabam at Birmingham, Low Vision Reahbilitation Graduate Certificate Program in Occupational Therapy

UAB School of Health Professions, Occupational Therapy, Birmingham, Alabama



2016 - Lylas Mogk, MD

Center for Vision Rehabilitation and Research, Department of Ophthalmology, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan.

2015 – The Hadley School for the Blind

Professional Education Training Course, "Transitioning to Unified English Braille" (UEB)
Winnetka, Illinois

2014 – Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.

Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System
Sylmar, California

2013 - August Colenbrander, MD, PhD

Affiliate Senior Scientist
Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, San Francisco, California

Prior to 2013, the award was named for each area of the Envision Conference mission; collaboration, advocacy, research and education.

2012 – Mary Warren, PhD, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA

“Excellence in Education” Award
Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy, Director of the Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama

2011 – American Optometric Association Vision Rehabilitation Section

“Excellence in Advocacy” Award
American Optometric Association, St. Louis, Missouri

2010 – Judith Goldstein, OD, FAAO

“Excellence through Collaboration”
Chief of Low Vision Services

Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Maryland

Lifetime Achievement Award in Low Vision Research

Envision presents this award from time-to-time to a researcher selected for recognizing a lifetime of outstanding, creative and important contributions to low vision research.



2015 – Manfred MacKeben, PhD

Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, San Francisco, California