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The British Congress of Optometry and Visual Science 2015 took place at City University London
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City hosts optometry conference

British Congress of Optometry and Visual Science brings together the UK research community

by George Wigmore (Senior Communications Officer)

City University London has hosted this year’s British Congress of Optometry and Visual Science, bringing together UK researchers from across optometry and visual science.Running between the 7th and 8th September, almost 100 delegates attended the Congress which aims to providing a setting where early career researchers can present for the first time in a collegiate and supportive environment.

Over the two days the Congress featured 18 oral presentations and 22 posters covering a range of topics that typifies the vibrancy of research in the optometry schools and wider vision science community.

Topics ranged from the prize winning paper presentation by Samantha Strong from the University of Bradford on cortical areas involved with processing radial motion to questions of direct relevance. The prize winning poster by Mohammed Abid from Cardiff University was of more clinical relevance as it asked “How do we screen for diabetic retinopathy?”

Keynote lectures were delivered by Professor David Crabb, from City University London, who spoke about simulating vision loss in glaucoma and the work of his group to better understand the patient’s perspective. Professor Chris Hammond, from King College London and St Thomas’ Hospital, also spoke about “Myopia: cause and cure?” giving the audience a fascinating review of genetics, epidemiology and new treatments.

Speaking about the event, Professor Chris Hull, Divisional Lead for Optometry in the School of Health Sciences at City University London, said: “The Congress has a great reputation for bringing together the UK optometry and vision science research community giving an opportunity for young researchers to present in a friendly and supportive environment. The breadth of topics is certainly one of the great appeals of the meeting, and with oral presentations, keynote lectures and posters covering the wide range of research it helps all of us involved in research to maintain a wider perspective.”

The congress would not have been possible without the generous support of sponsors: the College of Optometrists; Topcon; Cambridge Research Systems; the Association of Optometrists; Keeler; Thea Pharmaceuticals and Louis Stone. The venue for next year’s congress, which rotates around the UK optometry schools, has yet to be confirmed but the meeting is likely to be near the same dates in 2016.

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