Rules of the SPO awards

Every year at the National Congress, awards are presented in different categories:

  • Prizes awarded by the Portuguese Society of Ophthalmology
  • Partners/SPO Awards
  • Prizes awarded by other entities affiliated to the Portuguese Ophthalmology Society

1. APPLICATIONS FOR AWARDS

The works for the award must be submitted by October 15 by filling out the form on the SPO website.

Only papers that place the journal OFTALMOLOGIA of the SPO as the first option for publication and that are submitted by that date on the journal platform through the link https://revistas.rcaap.pt/index.php/oftalmologia will be accepted as candidates for prizes. It is not necessary to anonymize the works.

Important:

  • The papers competing for the prize must have as first author an ophthalmologist or intern of specific training in ophthalmology, full member or eventual in full use of their rights, who must be registered at the congress and submit the work to the competition.
  • Only entries accepted in the category to which they are submitted will be considered for the competition.
  • The Award will be presented at the National Congress to an ophthalmologist or ophthalmology intern and author or co-author of the paper.

2. SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE OF THE CONGRESS

The scientific committee of the Congress, composed of the members of the Board of Directors, Coordinators of the groups and Editor of the Journal, is responsible for the analysis of the submitted works, their approval and allocation in the sessions of the Congress, as well as for the elaboration of the classification grids.

It is also responsible for inviting ophthalmologists to serve on the evaluation panels for the awards.

3. AWARD OF PRIZES

3.1 - The works that are candidates for the prize must be sent through the means announced by the management together with the preliminary information of the Congress.

3.2 - The amount of the prizes will be defined annually by the Board of Directors of the SPO and disclosed by the Board together with the preliminary information of the Congress.

3.3 - Honorable mentions may be awarded, without pecuniary character.

3.4 - The prize will be announced in the preliminary information of the Congress, and the deadline for acceptance of the works will be announced in the same information. Electronic submission is allowed until that deadline.

3.5 - The author of the paper will receive the award when the paper is accepted for publication in the SPO journal Ophthalmology, and publication is mandatory.

3.6 - The award will be decided by a Jury, appointed by the Board of Directors of SPO, with 5 members, including a President, and will be announced during the annual Congress of SPO.

3.7 - If it so decides, the Jury may award the prize to two works, ex aequo.

3.8 - The members of the Jury, if they compete, will not be able to evaluate their work or the work of the institution to which they belong.

3.9 - The decisions of the Jury, whether unanimous or by majority vote, will be recorded in minutes, signed by all, and sent to the President of the SPO.

3.10 - If the scientific level of the works presented in the competition so justifies, the Jury may not award the prize, and its value will be carried over to the following year.

3.11 - The decisions of the Jury will be taken by absolute majority and there will be no appeal against them.

3.12 - In the event of a tie, the President of the Jury will have the casting vote.

3.13 - Entries may not compete simultaneously for any other prize.

3.14 - The SPO Board reserves the right to amend these regulations if deemed necessary.

4. COMPANY AWARDS

4.1 PLÁCIDO / SPO AWARD

Best original paper at the Congress (worth 1 500 €)

Regulation

  1. The Plácido Prize, established by the Portuguese Society of Ophthalmology, is created.
  2. The Plácido Prize aims to stimulate the presentation of original scientific papers in the field of Ophthalmology, written in Portuguese or English.
  3. The Plácido Prize is intended to award, annually, the best original scientific work, by Ophthalmologists or Ophthalmology Specific Training Interns, alone or in collaboration.

4.2 QUEIROZ MARINHO / SPO AWARD

Best project in Innovation in Ophthalmology (worth ¤ 1,500)

Regulation

  1. The Queiroz Marinho Award is created by the Portuguese Society of Ophthalmology.
  2. The Queiroz Marinho Award aims to stimulate the presentation of scientific papers that promote innovation in the field of Ophthalmology, written in Portuguese or English.
  3. The Queiroz Marinho Prize is intended to award, annually, the best scientific and innovative work, carried out by Ophthalmologists or Ophthalmology Specific Training Interns, alone or in collaboration.

5. PARTNER/SPO AWARDS

  1. The Partners Award - SPO is created.
  2. The Partners - SPO Award aims to stimulate the presentation of scientific work in the field of Ophthalmology.
  3. The Prize is intended to award, annually, the best work in each area by Ophthalmologists or Ophthalmology Specific Training Interns, alone or in collaboration.
  4. The amount of each prize will be defined annually and disseminated by the Board together with the preliminary information of the Congress.
  5. The author of the paper will receive the award when the paper is accepted for publication in the SPO journal Ophthalmology, and publication is mandatory.
  6. The award will be decided by a Jury, appointed by the Board of Directors of SPO, with 5 members, including a President, and will be announced during the annual Congress of SPO.
  7. If it so decides, the Jury may award the Prize to two works, ex aequo, in which case the prize will be divided between them.
  8. The members of the Jury, if they compete, will not be able to evaluate their work or the work of the institution to which they belong.
  9. The decisions of the Jury, whether unanimous or by majority vote, will be recorded in minutes, signed by all, and sent to the President of the SPO.
  10. If the scientific level of the works presented in the competition justifies it, the Jury may not award the prize, and its value will be carried over to the following year.
  11. The Jury's decisions will be taken by absolute majority and there will be no appeal.
  12. In the event of a tie, the President of the Jury will have the casting vote.
  13. Papers may not compete for any other prize, simultaneously.
  14. The SPO Board reserves the right to amend these regulations if deemed necessary.

Several awards in this category will be awarded during the national congress of the SPO:

5.1 SPO / ALCON AWARD

Best Surgical Video (worth 2,000 euros)

  1. a) The total length of the Video, including title and credits, must not exceed 8 minutes.
  2. b) The Video must include a narration, music only cannot be accepted for award nomination.
  3. c) The title and narration of the Video may be in Portuguese or English.
  4. d) It is the author's responsibility to obtain permission from the owner for any music or material used in the video that is not 'Free to Use'.
  5. e) Video candidates are not subject to the obligation to publish in the journal.

5.2 SPO / BAUSCH + LOMB AWARD

Specialty Intern Award - Best Clinical Case/s (worth € 2,000)

5.3 SPO / DAVI AWARD

Best Presentation in Glaucoma (worth 2,000 €)

5.4 SPO / EDOL PRIZE

Best presentation in the area of Pediatric Ophthalmology (value of 2 000 €)

5.5 SPO PHOTO PRIZE / ESSILOR

Best Scientific Photograph (worth €1,000)

Submission form on the website

Candidates' photographs are not subject to mandatory publication in the magazine, and the winning works may be published later in the SPO magazine.

5.6 SPO VOLUNTEER AWARD / ESSILOR

(to the value of €2,000)

Submission form on the website

5.7 SPO / NOVARTIS AWARD

Best Retina presentation (worth 2 000 €)

5.8 SPO / THÉA AWARD

Best Research Paper (ARVO - USA registration and travel)

In the case of the Théa Prize, which awards the best research paper by paying for the registration and travel to ARVO of the winning paper, candidates must prepare an abstract in accordance with ARVO guidelines, which can be found at www.arvo.org. It is advisable to submit abstracts on the ARVO website within the regulatory deadlines so that the winning paper can actually be presented at the following year's ARVO meeting.

5.9 SPO/ABBVIE AWARD

Best Posterior Segment Case/Clinical Case Series (worth €2000)

5.10. SPO/SANTEN AWARD

Best Case/Clinical Case Series of the Anterior Segment (worth 2000 €)

6. AWARDS INSTITUTED BY OTHER ENTITIES AFFILIATED TO THE PORTUGUESE SOCIETY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY

6.1 BORGES DE SOUSA PRIZE

Award instituted by the Ophthalmology Service of the Central Lisbon Hospital Center

Regulation

  1. Prof. Alberto Borges de Sousa was the founder of the two Ophthalmology Services of the Civil Hospitals of Lisbon (H.C.L.). In tribute to his memory, in the year in which the Centenary of the Ophthalmology Service of the Hospital de S. José is celebrated, the two Services, that of S. José and that of the Hospital de Sto. António dos Capuchos, now the University Hospital Center of Central Lisbon, decided to institute the Borges de Sousa Prize to be awarded annually by the SPO.
  2. This award aims to encourage ophthalmologic scientific production in Portuguese or English.
  3. Original scientific papers from Ophthalmologists or Trainees in Specific Training in Ophthalmology, alone or in collaboration, will be accepted for evaluation.
  4. Papers may not compete for any other prize, simultaneously.
  5. The amount of the prize will be defined annually by the Management of the Ophthalmology Service of the Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Central.
  6. The award may be divided, and honourable mentions may be attributed when the Jury considers it justifiable.
  7. The awardees will be presented with diplomas signed by the President and the Secretary General of the SPO.
  8. Papers for prizes should be sent by the means announced by the Board together with the preliminary information on the Congress.
  9. The announcement of the award and the deadline for submission of papers will be made annually in conjunction with information regarding the SPO Congress.
  10. The SPO Board will verify that the regulatory conditions have been met and will communicate its decision to the applicants at short notice.
  11. From the prize jury:
    • The Jury will consist of 5 members, one of whom will be appointed President, designated by the Board, preferably Service Director or Heads of Ophthalmology Service, from the Central Hospitals of Coimbra, Lisbon and Porto.
    • The Jury may be extended to include suitable scientific personalities, when the nature of the work justifies it.
    • The Jury's vote will be secret.
    • Members of the Jury, if they apply, will not be able to evaluate your work.
    • The Jury's decisions will be taken by absolute majority and there will be no appeal.
    • In the event of a tie, the President of the Jury will have the casting vote.
    • The Jury may, at its discretion, not award the prize.
    • Minutes of each meeting of the Jury will be drawn up in the relevant book and signed by all members.
  12. The Award and Diploma will be presented at the SPO Annual Congress.
  13. The awarded works belong to SPO and SPO reserves the right to publish them in its Journal. They may not be reproduced in any other publication without the authorization of the SPO Board.
    • The publication will be made in full or in the form of an abstract, prepared by the awardee for this purpose, depending on the decision of the SPO Board.
  14. The Management of the Ophthalmology Service of the Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Central may modify this regulation whenever it deems it necessary, and must inform the SPO, in due course, of the changes made.

6.2 SILVA PINTO PREMIUM

Award instituted by the Ophthalmology Service of the Hospital and University Center of São João, Porto

Regulation

  1. As a tribute to the memory of Prof. Manuel da Silva Pinto and with the aim of encouraging research in the field of Ophthalmology, the founders* established the Silva Pinto Award to be distributed annually by the Portuguese Society of Ophthalmology.
  2. The Prize is intended to award the best paper in Portuguese or English on an ophthalmic topic presented at a session of the Society's academic year (with the declaration that it is intended for the Congress) or sent for the same purpose to the Society's Board.
  3. Competitors may be medical students or physicians under the age of 40.
  4. The amount of the premium will be defined annually by the Company's Board of Directors according to the return on the capital deposited.
  5. Papers may not compete for any other prize, simultaneously.
  6. The Award cannot be divided, but honourable mentions may be attributed when the Jury considers it justifiable.
  7. Award winners will be presented with diplomas signed by the President and the Secretary General of the Society.
  8. The announcement of the award and the deadline for the presentation of papers will be made annually together with information regarding the S.P.O. Congress.
  9. The competing works must be unpublished or have been published in the Journal of the S.P.O. during the year of the competition. Entries for the prize must be sent by the means announced by the Board together with the preliminary information on the Congress.
  10. The Management Board will verify that the regulatory conditions have been met and will communicate its decision to the candidates at short notice.
  11. From the prize jury:
    • The Jury will consist of 5 members, one of whom will be appointed President, appointed by the Board, preferably Service Directors or Heads of Ophthalmology Service, from the Central Hospitals of Coimbra, Lisbon and Porto.
    • The Jury may be extended to include suitable scientific personalities, when the nature of the work justifies it.
    • Members of the Jury, if they apply, will not be able to evaluate your work.
    • The Jury's decisions will be taken by absolute majority and there will be no appeal.
    • In the event of a tie, the President of the Jury will have the casting vote.
    • The Jury may, at its discretion, not award the Prize, in which case the amount will be accumulated and will go into the capital.
    • Minutes of each meeting of the Jury will be drawn up in the relevant book and signed by all members.
  12. The Award and Diploma will be presented at the S.P.O. Annual Congress.
  13. The winning papers belong to the Society and it reserves the right to publish them in its Journal. They may not therefore be reproduced in any other publication without the authorization of the Board of the Society.
  14. The publication will be made in full or in the form of an abstract, prepared by the awardee for this purpose, depending on the decision of the SPO Board.

6.3 MANUEL DE LEMOS PRIZE

Award instituted by the Ophthalmology Service of the Hospital and University Center of Santo António

Regulation

  1. In honor of the memory of Dr. Manuel de Lemos and with the aim of encouraging research in the field of Ophthalmology, the Ophthalmology Service of the Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Santo António, institutes the Manuel de Lemos Award to be distributed annually by the Portuguese Society of Ophthalmology.
  2. The Prize is intended to award the best paper in Portuguese or English on an ophthalmic topic submitted to the Board of the Portuguese Society of Ophthalmology.
  3. Competitors may be medical students or physicians under the age of 40.
  4. The amount of the prize will be defined annually by the Ophthalmology Department.
  5. The award may be divided, and honourable mentions may be attributed when the Jury considers it justifiable.
  6. Award winners will be presented with diplomas signed by the President and the Secretary General of the Society.
  7. The announcement of the award and the deadline for submission of papers will be made annually in conjunction with information regarding the SPO Congress.
  8. The competing works must be unpublished or have been published in the Revista da S.P.O. during the year of the competition.
  9. Papers for prizes should be sent by the means announced by the Board together with preliminary information on the Congress.
  10. The Management Board will verify that the regulatory conditions have been met and will communicate its decision to the candidates at short notice.
  11. The Jury will consist of 5 members, one of whom will be appointed President, appointed by the Board, preferably Service Directors or Heads of Ophthalmology Service, from the Central Hospitals of Coimbra, Lisbon and Porto.
    • The Jury may be extended to include suitable scientific personalities, when the nature of the work justifies it.
    • The Jury's vote will be secret.
    • Members of the Jury, if they apply, will not be able to assess your work
    • The Jury's decisions will be taken by absolute majority and there will be no appeal.
    • In the event of a tie, the President of the Jury will have the casting vote.
    • The Jury may, at its discretion, not award the Prize, in which case the amount will be accumulated for the following year.
    • Minutes of each meeting of the Jury will be drawn up in the respective book and signed by all members.
  12. The award and diploma will be presented at the Annual Congress.
  13. The winning papers belong to the Society and the Society reserves the right to publish them in its Journal. They may not be reproduced in any other publication without the authorization of the Board of the Society.
  14. The publication will be made in full or in the form of an abstract, prepared by the awardee for this purpose, depending on the decision of the Directorate.

6.4 MIGUEL BURNIER PRIZE / SPO

Best presentation at Congress in the field of Inflammation/Oncology (6 weeks internship at MUHC - McGill University Ocular Pathology Laboratory - $ 2000.00 CAD & SPO - 500 € )

Description

  1. Supported by the MUHC - McGill University Ocular Pathology Laboratory & Sociedade Portuguesa de Oftalmologia.
  2. This award is given to a senior resident or PhD / Postdoc from an institution in Portugal that is recognized by the SPO.
  3. The same presentations cannot be submitted to any other award.
  4. The SPO will organize a committee of 3 - 5 members to choose the award recipient.
  5. The recipient will spend 6 weeks at the MUHC - McGill University Ocular Pathology Laboratory, studying ocular inflammatory diseases and/or ocular tumors.
  6. The aim of this study period is to conclude a research project to be presented at ARVO in the following year.
  7. The period of the 6-week stay can be anytime between October 1 - November 15. The award recipient will be encouraged to attend AAO.
  8. The award will be given to the recipient during the official Research Awards Ceremony of the McGill University Health Centre which is traditionally held in the 2nd or 3rd week of October.
  9. The MUHC - McGill University Ocular Pathology Laboratory will be responsible for a certificate and for the award amount of $ 2000.00 CAD given to the recipient.
  10. The Sociedade Portuguesa de Oftalmologia will be responsible for the amount of 500 € given to the recipient.

The Miguel Burnier Award will be given every odd year.