The Nystagmus Network is sending huge congratulations to the newly qualified Dr Nikita Thomas. Dr Thomas achieved her PhD this month.
Nikita is well known to members of the Nystagmus Network for her engaging personality and confident presentations on her latest nystagmus research.
On World Sight Day 2020, Nikita was named an Eye Health Hero by the IAPB (the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness). She was nominated by the Nystagmus Network and her senior colleagues at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University for her innovative work in perimetry.
We’re sure that Nikita has a brilliant nystagmus research career ahead of her. With her PhD behind her she can now concentrate on her post-doctoral career.
Nikita says: “I never thought this day would actually come! I passed my PhD viva and I’m officially Dr Thomas. I was just an average kid at school who raised eyebrows when she chose science at A-levels, and now I’m a fully-fledged scientist. Amazing feeling.”
Congratulations, Dr Thomas!
On World Sight Day 2020, Nikita was named an Eye Health Hero by the IAPB (the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness). Nominated for her innovative work in perimetry, we’re sure that Nikita has a brilliant nystagmus research career ahead of her.
And now we’re not the only ones to think so. You can read all about Nikita’s nomination here: https://nystagmusnetwork.org/congratulations-nikita/
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On World Sight Day 2020, the Nystagmus Network is delighted to celebrate the achievement of Nikita Thomas who has been named an Eye Health Hero by the IAPB (the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness).
Nikita, who works in nystagmus research at the University of Cardiff, was nominated by the Nystagmus Network and has achieved her award in the ‘Innovators’ category.
Innovators embrace new ideas and create new possibilities and outcomes. They challenge the status quo and push the boundaries of knowledge to develop new approaches, systems or appropriate technologies in eye health.
Cited for her innovative developmental work in the field of perimetry, Nikita says: “I have a deep-rooted passion for creating solutions that promote equality of access to standard optometric and ophthalmic clinical practices across different patient groups. This has involved transforming the commonly used method of visual field testing into a method that allows for accurate examination of the visual field in patients with voluntary and involuntary unstable fixation, such as nystagmus. I love that my role offers the freedom and flexibility to fully explore my own concepts and ideas, as well as the potential to make a worldwide impact on established clinical procedures.”
The Nystagmus Network added: “Always engaging, professional and knowledgeable, Nikita Thomas is a very popular research delegate at the annual Nystagmus Network Open Day and a poised and eloquent presenter when delivering presentations to members of our patient group.”
Her academic supervisors at The School of Optometry and vision Sciences at Cardiff University said: “Nikita’s work promises to have a significant impact on both the delivery of clinical eyecare and our understanding of the development of the human visual system.”