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Prof. Pablo Artal of Murcia University was awarded the Spanish National Research Award "Juan de la Cierva" 2018.

The award was presented to Artal by the King and the Queen of Spain in a ceremony in the "El Pardo" Royal Palace in Madrid.

The jury awarded the Prize unanimously "for its pioneering contributions in the use of innovative methods for the evaluation and correction of vision and its impact on eye health". It was also highlighted Prof Artal's scientific and technological career at a very high level, recognized nationally and internationally.
Pablo Artal is recognized internationally for the pioneering use of optics and photonics technologies to unravel the human visual system and to improve eye diagnostics and correction

The Laboratorio de Optica in the University of Murcia (LOUM) is one of the pioneer groups worlwide in applying Adaptive Optics in the study of the eye and it has obtained an important number of fundamental results on the optics characteristics of the eye and the retina. The research group was founded in 1994 with the aim of becoming a reference in the world. Nowdays is a solid and consolidated group with 17 members and that recently moved to the new facilities in the Centro de Investigación en Óptica y Nanofísica (CiOyN) building in the University of Murcia. Parallel to the developments in basic research, the group is in permanent relation with national and international companies in Opthalmic Optics. Indeed, some of the new instruments and opthalmic products currently in the market have been developed in our lab. Now, we describe very briefly some of the contributions with a higher impact in the fields of: Visual Optics & Adaptive Optics

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