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Trainee Research Network

The Ophthalmology Trainee Research Network is a new initiative to support trainees to develop and conduct research in Ophthalmology in Scotland. It is a UK-wide Specialty Group priority, supported by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. The aim of the group is to develop more home-grown research and to support the next generation of researchers by providing them with the skills and experience necessary to develop and conduct research.

Scottish Ophthalmology Trainee Research Award

Please note that applications to the Ophthalmology Trainee Research Award (OTRA), funded in partnership between Santen, the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) and NHS Fife, are now closed.  Successful applicants will be notified shortly. 

Second annual Trainee Research Network Meeting

The second annual Scottish Ophthalmology Trainee Research Network meeting was held on Wednesday 23rd November in the Postgraduate Centre, Gartnaval General Hospital, Glasgow. The meeting was well attended, with over 50 delegates from across Scotland.

Inaugural Trainee Research Network meeting 

The first all-day Scottish Ophthalmology Trainee Research Network (TRN) meeting took place on 9th December 2015, at the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh. It was well attended by over 50 attendees including 25 trainees from across Scotland and regional postgraduate tutors.

The speakers ranged from current researchers both in Edinburgh and Glasgow to potential research facilities with liaison through the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, the British and Scottish Ophthalmic Surveillance Units, the Edinburgh Clinical Academic Training fellowship scheme and Glasgow Caledonian University. Additionally, the wealth of Scottish national data through E-Health and Information Services Division, Scotland were also presented. Finally, global ophthalmology collaborative research projects by trainees were discussed together with the challenges for financial support.

Following discussion at the meeting, please find links and contact details for further information below:

We would like to thank Santen for supporting this meeting and for their proposed initiative in supporting an annual research project for Scottish trainees.