Announcements - BARS

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 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:

The BARS 2018 Conference Programme is available by clicking here or by scrolling down to the resources section. This programme is still only a draft version and details are subject to change.  Final version will follow soon.

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:

     BARS Council Elections 2018

The British Association of Retinal Screening is run by an elected council of volunteers drawn from a range of roles within the field of diabetic eye screening across the UK. We have four upcoming vacancies on the BARS Council, and are therefore looking for four enthusiastic individuals to fill those positions.

Full details are now available on website by clicking here:

Call for Papers, Posters and Case Studies

Submissions are now invited for the 2018 BARS Conference in Bristol. If you would like to present a paper (10-15 minute presentation), poster (A0 portrait) or case study (5-7 minute presentation) at our annual conference, please fill in the application form and return it to us via post or email by 31st July 2018.

For anyone wishing to present a poster, it must be printed A0 (portrait) in size and the author(s) must be available to speak to the judges during the coffee break on the morning of Friday 28th.  Up for grabs are voucher prizes of £150, £100 and £50 for the best three posters.

Those wishing to present a single case study are encouraged to do so by means of a 5-7 minute presentation which will form part of the main conference programme. These always prove very popular with the audience and are a great introduction for those who may be new to presenting at conference. We will be offering a voucher prize of £100 for the best case study presentation.

In addition, papers chosen for presentation at this year's conference will be considered for publication in the Diabetic Eye Journal.

To download an application form please scroll down the page to the resources section or click here:


The 2018 BARS/Topcon GB Photography Competition

Entry is now open for the 2018 BARS Photography Competition, kindly sponsored by Topcon GB Ltd.  Once again there are two categories - clinical and artistic - and two prizes of an Apple iPad mini for each category.  Entry is FREE, open to anyone and you do not have to attend conference.  For full details please see the competition flyer in the resources section of the website by scrolling down the page.  

Below are the two winners of the 2017 BARS/HISL Photography Competition.  Kim Lovell from North and East Devon DESP won the clinical category and Yee Ling Wong from NHS Tayside won the artistic category.   

Click on the image to open a larger version.


                             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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