05 April 2023
Susana Marcos Awarded the Edwin H. Land Medal
Marcos’ strong interest in neuroscience and in driving vision research toward clinical applications are reflected in the award
WASHINGTON – Optica (formerly OSA), Advancing Optics and Photonics Worldwide, and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) are pleased to announce that Susana Marcos, the David R. Williams Director of the Center for Visual Science, University of Rochester, USA, has been awarded the Edwin H. Land Medal. Marcos, a highly regarded researcher in the field of visual optics and ocular imaging, is a pioneer in the development of new techniques for the evaluation of the eye. Her work is aimed at understanding the interplay of structural, biomechanical and optical properties of the eye. Marcos studies the impact of those properties on retinal image quality, and the limits that optics impose on visual functions and perception, specifically with applications in myopia, presbyopia, cataract and corneal corrections.
"On behalf of the Optica Board and membership, I am proud to congratulate Susana Marcos for this recognition," said Michal Lipson, Optica's 2023 President. "The Land Medal is awarded to individuals who share in Edwin Land's insatiable scientific intensity and curiosity in optics and imaging and, in part, reflect his image as inventor, scientist, entrepreneur, and teacher. Susana’s career journey in eye diagnostics and treatment reflects her impressive impact on the ophthalmic industry.”
Marcos joined the University of Rochester faculty in 2021 after serving as Director of the Institute of Optics, CSIC, Spain, (IO-CSIC), and Professor of Research at CSIC, where she founded the Visual Optics and Biophonics Lab (VIOBIO) in 2000. Marcos is a Fellow of Optica, the European Optical Society, and the Association for Research in Vision Ophthalmology. Marcos’ research recognitions include the Adolph Lomb Medal (Optica), ICO Prize, Doctor Honoris Causa (Ukraine Academy of Science), Ramón y Cajal Medal (Royal Academy of Sciences), King Jaime I Award, and National Research Award in Engineering.
Marcos is a cofounder of 2EyesVision SL and a coinventor of the SimVis technology that allows patients to ‘try on’ multifocal corrections before putting in contact lenses or having an intraocular lens implantation. She has authored or coauthored more than 200 peer-reviewed papers in top journals and has 23 patents (14 licensed to industry).
About the Edwin H. Land Medal
Recognizing pioneering work empowered by scientific research to create inventions, technologies, and products, the Edwin H. Land Medal was established in 1992 to honor his unique career as a scientist, technologist, industrialist, humanist and public servant. It is jointly presented by Optica and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) and is funded through the support of the Polaroid Foundation, the Polaroid Retirees Association and individual contributors, including Manfred Heiting, Theodore Voss and John J. McCann.
The Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) is an international professional non-profit dedicated to keeping members and other imaging professionals apprised of the latest developments in the field through conferences, educational programs, publications, and its website. IS&T programs encompass all aspects of the imaging workflow, which moves from capture (sensors, cameras) through imaging processing (image quality, color, and materialization) to hard and soft copy output (printing, displays, image permanence), and includes aspects related to human vision, such as image quality and color. The Society also focuses on a wide range of image-related applications, including security, virtual reality, machine vision, and data analysis.
Optica, Advancing Optics and Photonics Worldwide, is the society dedicated to promoting the generation, application, archiving and dissemination of knowledge in the field. Founded in 1916, it is the leading organization for scientists, engineers, business professionals, students and others interested in the science of light. Optica's renowned publications, meetings, online resources and in-person activities fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate scientific, technical and educational achievement. Discover more at: Optica.org