Professor Fiona Stapleton has been presented with the prestigious H Barry Collin Research Medal of Optometry Australia in recognition of her outstanding contributions to eye and vision research. She is the first woman to receive the medal.
Professor Stapleton has published some 240 research papers and is ranked number eight in the world among contact lens researchers. She has made major contributions to knowledge of corneal and contact lens conditions, particularly, contact lens related microbial keratitis.
Professor Stapleton has been honoured with many international awards including: the Dallas Award, the Pioneers Award and the British Contact Lens Association Medal (all from the British Contact Lens Association) the University of Houston College of Optometry Award, the Max Shapero Award from the American Academy of Optometry; the Don Korb Award from the American Optometric Association, the Glen A Fry Award from the American Optometric Foundation, and the Anthony Adams Award from Flinders University.
Additionally, Professor Stapleton has been acknowledged by the University of New South Wales with a Vice-Chancellors Award for her excellence and effectiveness as a research supervisor. She has supervised 35 postgraduate students.