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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 still in the planning stages and will be available shortly.

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 available shortly.

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 and Optos respectively, which will benefit screener/graders looking to expand their educational knowledge with hands-on sessions.  Registration for these workshops is required 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 13:15 hrs.

Registration for the 2022 BARS Conference in Newcastle is OPEN!



2021 BARS/Topcon (GB) Medical Ltd Call for Posters

The three winning posters of the 2021 BARS/Topcon (GB) Medical Ltd Poster Competition were announced at this year's virtual conference kindly sponsored by Topcon (GB) Medical Ltd, with the winner receiving a £250 Amazon voucher with 2nd and 3rd places receiving £150 & £100 Amazon vouchers respectively.  The standard and content exceeded expectations and with a total of 11 entries, it was difficult to pick out the individual winners.  The three winning posters can be viewed below by clicking on the relevant title.

1st: Leanne Bird, Helen Wharton, Prof Sarita Jacob - Birmingham, Solihull & Black Country DESP

Diabetic Retinopathy In Pregnancy: Screening Attendance Rates and Development of Disease

2nd: Mrs N Albutt, Miss H Wharton, Prof S Jacob - Birmingham, Solihull & Black Country DESP

Five year outcomes of diabetic eye screening in patients aged 80 and over

3rd: Laura Cushley, Nicola Quinn, Peter Blows, Ailish Nugent, Ian Wallace, Helen Wallace, Tunde Peto - Centre for Public Health, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

The Importance of Handheld Retinal Imaging in Haemodialysis Clinics 

The 2021 BARS/Sense Medical Ltd Photography Competition 

The winner of the 2021 BARS/Sense Medical Ltd Photography Competition was announced at this year's virtual conference. With a total of 16 entries, the clinical category was won by Brindha Sivayoganathan from the South East London DESP and the runner-up went to Fiona Gordon from the North Mersey DESP.  The winner received a Nikon 35mm DSLR and lens and the runner-up received a £50 Amazon voucher from Sense Medical Ltd, who kindly sponsored the competition. 


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                  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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