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Trainee Research Network

The Ophthalmology Trainee Research Network is an 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

NRS Ophthalmology have previously allocated two Ophthalmology Trainee Research Awards (OTRAs), funded in partnership between Santen, the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) and NHS Fife. The OTRA provides funding to support Scottish Ophthalmology Trainees to develop a one-year research project within their post.    

For information on future OTRA funding opportunities, please contact

Trainee Research Network Meetings 

The third and fourth Scottish Ophthalmology Trainee Research Network meetings were held on Friday 29th March 2019 at the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Edinburgh and Thursday 6 June 2019, at the Eye OutPatients, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Both were well attended. Due to the continued success of these events, a further meeting is planned for 2020, a date for which will be confirmed in due course.

Inaugural Trainee Research Network meeting 

The first all-day Scottish Ophthalmology Trainee Research Network (TRN) meeting took place on 9 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.