Announcements - BARS

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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 2021

It's coming.........

1pm - 5pm on Friday 24th September

The BARS Virtual Conference 2021

Save the date!

BARS Council are pleased to announce that the 2021 BARS Conference will be held in a virtual format due to the uncertainty surrounding the present Covid-19 pandemic. This will be an exciting event (A first for BARS) and the BARS Council have been currently working on the agenda which will benefit anybody involved in diabetic eye screening.  The idea of a virtual conference was to ensure that people feel safe and to get people involved.  We are hoping to include the photography and poster competition as well as an OCT workshop too.  Full details of the agenda is available in the resources section below.  Registration will be required from the conferences page by clicking the link below.

The conference which was moved from last year to this year will now be moved to next year at the same venue and will held on the 22nd and 23rd September, 2022.  Delegates will be contacted in due course and offered a refund or for their booking to be carried over to next year.


Registration for the BARS Virtual Conference 2021 is now CLOSED!



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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