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Accessing Retinal Images 

From 1st May 2018, pages which feature retinal images will only be available to BARS members. Anyone navigating to one of these pages will be prompted to log in to the website using their registered e-mail address and password. Once logged in, you will be able to freely navigate all pages of the BARS website.
Pages affected by this change will include the monthly 'R2 or Not?' challenge and our image galleries of retinal images.


BARS Conference 2022

The 20th Annual BARS Conference

22nd - 23rd September 2022

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne (Wey Aye Man!)


Howay Man, BARS Council are pleased to announce that the BARS Conference 2022 will be held in the vibrant and canny city of Newcastle upon Tyne (Geordieland), at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, approx 5-7 min walk from Newcastle Central Railway Station (Click here for map).  Access is also available via Newcastle International Airport.  The Tyne & Wear Metro service is available between the airport and Central Station.  Please click here for full details of the metro getting to and from the airport. 

The BARS 2022 Conference Programme is now available in the resources section below, subject to changes.

Registration opens at 10:00 hrs on 22 September with tea/coffee followed by lunch at 12:00 hrs. The Conference commences with the Co-chairs welcome at 13:00 hrs and day one will finish at 17:00 hrs

The Administration Management Meeting will take place from 10:30 to 12 pm on Thursday 22 September.  This is only for delegates attending the main meeting.  Registration for this meeting is required.  Full details are available here:

Workshops: Following the success of the Slit Lamp Workshops, the popular 3 Taster Workshops relating to Surveillance and the OCT workshops from previous years, BARS are delighted to announce that they will be holding Workshops at this year's conference.  This year BARS Council will be holding Slit Lamp, OCT and wide-field imaging workshops, kindly sponsored by Haag-Streit, Heidelberg, Zeiss and Mainline Instruments respectively, which will benefit screener/graders looking to expand their educational knowledge with hands-on sessions.  Registration for these workshops is required for delegates attending the conference via the conference link on the BARS conferences page by clicking link below.  There will be 2 sessions running from 10 am - 11 am and 11 am - 12 noon. The cost of these workshops are £15 pp.  There are 21 places available per session.

A drinks reception is planned from 19:00 hrs with the Gala Dinner at 20:00 hrs.  Entertainment to follow thereafter.

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

Important Information: As part of BARS commitment to reduce our carbon footprint, we will NOT be providing any printed conference agenda/programme, worksheets or supplying lanyard badges. You must bring your work I.D. badges to wear throughout the conference. The agenda/programme will be available in PDF format from our website. The BARS Social Media Editor (Kamran Rajaby) will be taking photographs during the conference and may be used on our website or in our social media channels.

Registration for the 2022 BARS Conference in Newcastle is OPEN!



2022 BARS/Topcon (GB) Medical Ltd Call for Posters

Submissions are now invited for the 2022 BARS Conference. If you would like to present a poster (A0 portrait) at our conference (one member or author of the poster must be available during the conference), please fill in the application form from the Resources section of the website below and return it to us via post or email by 31st July 2022.

This year we are offering Amazon Vouchers for the best poster of £250 submitted plus a runner-up prize of £150 and a 3rd prize of £100, courtesy of Topcon (GB) Medical Limited.  

All posters have to be submitted in PowerPoint and PDF format and emailed to: by September 1st. PLEASE DO NOT PRINT YOUR POSTERS - DIGITAL VERSIONS ONLY.

The 2022 BARS/Mainline Instruments Photography Competition 

Entry is now open for the 2022 BARS Photography competition, kindly sponsored by Mainline Instruments.  This year there will be two categories, clinical and artistic. The winner of each category will receive a £350 Amazon voucher and the runner-up will receive a certificate. The competition is following the same format as previous years.  Entry is FREE, open to BARS members only and all images will be shown in the BARS conference.   Full details of the competition and the entry form can be found in the Resources section of the website by scrolling down the page.  The Resources section is available on any page.  The closing date for entries is September 1st.. 

Below are last year's winner, Brindha Sivayoganathan and runner-up, Fiona Gordon.


Click on the image to open a larger version.

                  Photo by Brindha Sivayoganathan                                      Photo by Fiona Gordon


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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