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 2020

The 20th Annual BARS Conference

24th - 25th September 2020

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

Howay Man, BARS Council are pleased to announce that the 2020 BARS Conference 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 2020 Conference Programme is still in the planning stages and will be available shortly.

Registration opens at 10:00 hrs on 24 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 24 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 and OCT workshops, 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.  Full details available on the conferences page shortly.

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.

CPD Points will be awarded with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Education Department for full attendance.  These will be beneficial for any ophthalmologists attending. Details to follow.

Registration for the 2020 BARS Conference in Newcastle is now open!



2019 BARS/Sense Medical Ltd Call for Papers, Posters & Case Studies

The three winning posters of the 2019 BARS/Sense Medical Ltd Poster Competition were announced at this year's conference in Liverpool, kindly sponsored by Sense Medical Ltd, with the winner receiving a Nikon 35mm Digital Camera and lens with 2nd and 3rd places receiving Amazon vouchers.  The standard and content exceeded expectations and with a total of 14 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: Katie Hazelgrove - Birmingham, Solihull & Black Country DESP

Should We Photograph Eyes with Perception of Light (PL) and No Perception of Light (NPL) during Diabetic Eye Screening?

2nd: Raudhah Hanim Mohd Yusof - Singapore DESP

Screening for Other Retinal Conditions in Singapore's Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

3rd: Stacey Mainwaring - Brighton and Sussex DESP

Mydriasis - How Long Do We Wait For Drops To Work?

BARS are pleased to be able to display some of the other entries from the competiton as these are very popular at the conference. These can be viewed on the conferences page by clicking here:

The 2019 BARS/Topcon (GB) Medical Ltd Photography Competition

The two winners of the 2019 BARS/Topcon GB Photography Competition were announced at this year's conference in Liverpool  With a total of 43 entries, the clinical category was won by Stuart Page from the Newcastle Eye Centre and the artistic category was won by Stacey Barbaccia from the Birmingham, Solihull and Black Country DESP.  Both winners received a £350 Apple Store Voucher from Topcon (GB) Medical Ltd who kindly sponsored the competition. The runner up in the clinical category went to Robert Hancock from the Wirral DESP and the artistic category went to Fiona Kenyon from North Mersey DESP who both received a certificate.  

Click on the image to open a larger version.

                      Photo by Stuart Page                                               Photo by Stacey Barbaccia


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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