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BARS Conference 2018

The 18th Annual BARS Conference

27th - 28th September 2018

Marriott Hotel City Centre, Bristol

BARS Council are pleased to announce that the 2018 BARS Conference will be held in Bristol at the Marriott Hotel City Centre, approx 0.6 miles from Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station.  Access is also available via Bristol Airport.  Bus Service – Bristol Airport Flyer: Transport between the airport and Bristol City Centre.  Bus stops at Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station and Bristol Bus and Coach Station.  £11.00 return – tickets available online or from kiosk outside airport.  To book please click here:

Bars Council are still in the process of drafting the Conference Programme.  Details will follow shortly.

Registration opens at 10:00 hrs on 27 September with tea/coffee followed by lunch at 12:00 hrs. The Conference commences with the Chairman's welcome at 13:00 hrs and day one will finish at 17:00 hrs

The Programme Management Meeting will take place from 10:30 to 12 pm on Thursday 27 September.  This is only for delegates attending the main meeting.  Registration for this meeting is required.  More details to follow.

Workshops: Following the success of the Slit Lamp Workshops at the BARS 2017 conference, BARS are delighted to announce that they will holding 3 different Practical/Discussion Taster Workshops related to Surveillance, with each session covering the following three areas as follows:

  1. Slit Lamp - Based on the practicalities of carrying out a fundus examination using a Volk lens.
  2. Widefield Confocal Imaging - This workshop will describe the benefits of a wider field of view and the advantages of confocal imaging in surveillance, particularly for R2 cases using an Eidon confocal widefield fundus imaging device.
  3. OCT and OCT-A - Focussing on the use of OCT for the detection and management of macular oedema in (early) M1 cases and an introduction to OCTA as a potential tool to monitor non-perfusion in R2 cases.

For full details of these workshops please visit the conferences page by clickng here.

A drinks reception is planned from 19:00 hrs with the Gala Dinner at 20:00 hrs.  Disco for entertainment thereafter.

Day two will commence at 09:00 hrs and Conference will end at 13:15 hrs.

A Failsafe Forum will commence at 13:30 hrs for conference attendees only.  This will last until 16:00 hrs.  A fee of £15 will be charged for those attending this meeting (includes a working sandwich lunch). There are 60 places available.  Registration for this forum is required via the conference link on the BARS conferences page by clicking link below.  More details to follow.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Education Dept/Professional Standards have awarded the meeting 7 CPD points - Category B. This will be beneficial for any Ophthalmologists attending.

Registration for the 2018 BARS Conference in Bristol is now open!

For details of prices and to register please see our conferences page by clicking here:


The BARS Poster Design Competition 2017

The winner of the BARS Poster Design Competition 2017 was Lynsey Scott - Retinopathy Team Leader from NHS Fife.  The standard of entries received at this year's BARS Conference was extremely high.  Lynsey received £150 and accepted an all expeneses paid trip to next year's EASDec Conference.  To see the winning poster entry of 'Reaching Patients Who Do Not Attend Diabetic Retinopathy Screening', please click on the link below:


Anthony Vukic - Screener/Grader from Gloucestershire DESP won the second prize award of £100.  To see Anthony's poster design titled 'The incidence of Sight Threatening Diabetic Retinopathy is decreasing', please click on the link below:


Barbra Hamill - Image Grader from Northern Ireland DESP won the third prize award of £50. To see Barbra's poster design titled 'Disorganisation of the retinal inner layers (DRIL) in patients with Diabetic Macular Oedema', please click on the link below:



The 2017 BARS/HISL Photography Competition

The two winners of the 2017 BARS/HISL Photography Competition were announced at this year's conference in Leeds.  Kim Lovell from North and East Devon DESP won the clinical category and Yee Ling Wong from NHS Tayside won the artistic category.  Kim and Yee Ling were each presented with a Samsung 10.1" Tablet by Steve Courtney, CEO of Health Information Systems Limited, who kindly sponsored the competition. 

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                             Photo by Kim Lovell                                                              Photo by Yee Ling Wong


You can now join BARS for free!

At the beginning of this year, BARS Council proposed a change to the association's constitution to allow for the annual membership fee to be abolished. BARS members voted overwhelmingly in favour of this proposal, and following an Extraordinary General Meeting on 6th February 2015, the change has been approved. This means that from 1st April 2015, there has been no charge to become an active member of the British Association of Retinal Screening. For more information about this change, and to join BARS for free, please visit the Membership page.


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