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 2019

The 19th Annual BARS Conference

26th - 27th September 2019

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liverpool

BARS Council are pleased to announce that the 2019 BARS Conference will be held in the vibrant city of Liverpool at the Crowne Plaza Hotel City Centre, approx 1.0 mile (20 min walk) from Liverpool Lime Street Railway Station.  Access is also available via Liverpool John Lennon Airport.  Bus services available between the airport and Liverpool City Centre.  A special Saveaway day ticket available for use on any bus, rail or Cross-river ferry journeys.  Please click here for full details of getting to and from the airport.  Liverpool ONE Bus Station is approx. 0.6 mile (15 min walk) from the hotel.

The BARS 2019 Conference Programme is available to view and full details are available by clicking HERE:

Registration opens at 10:00 hrs on 26 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 26 September.  This is only for delegates attending the main meeting.  Registration for this meeting is required.  Full details available here:

Workshops: Following the success of the Slit Lamp Workshops at the BARS 2017 conference and the popular 3 Taster Workshops relating to Surveillance at the BARS 2018 conference, BARS are delighted to announce that they will be holding Workshops at this year's conference.  This year BARS Council will be supported by Topcon (Great Britain) Medical Ltd who will showcase their DRI OCT Triton, Swept Source OCT, and Haag-Streit UK Ltd their Slit Lamps, 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.

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.

A Failsafe Forum will commence at 13:30 hrs and is open to anyone whether attending the conference or not.  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.  Details available soon.

CPD Points have been applied for with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Education Department.  These will be beneficial for any ophthalmologists attending.

Registration for the 2019 BARS Conference in Liverpool is now open!



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

BARS Council are pleased to announce that submissions are now invited for the 2019 BARS Conference in Liverpool, kindly sponsored by Sense Medical Limited.  Going forward from previous submissions, these have made very interesting talking points and allow information to be shared amongst the eye screening community.

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 download the application form from the BARS website and return it to us via post or email by 31st July 2019.  The application form can be found in the Resources section of the website by scrolling down the page.

This year we are offering a Nikon Digital SLR Camera for the best poster presented at conference plus runner-up prizes of £100 and £50.  There will also be a prize of £100 on offer 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.

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

Entry is now open for the 2019 BARS Photography Competition, kindly sponsored by Topcon (GB) Medical Ltd.  Once again there are two categories - clinical and artistic - and two prizes of an Apple Store Voucher (£375) for each category up for grabs!

Entry is FREE, open to BARS members only and you do NOT have to attend the conference.  Following on from feedback, there are changes to the rules. Full details of the competition can be found on the flyer in the Resources section of the website, along with the entry form by scrolling down the page.  The Resources section is available on any page.  Closing Date is 31st July.  All photographs will be shown in the conference brochure.

Below are the two winners of the 2018 BARS/Topcon (GB) Medical Ltd Photography Competition.  

Click on the image to open a larger version.


                           Photo by Steve Pearson                                                          Photo by Peng Yong Sim


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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