- 3 May 2018
How research is making a bright future for Children
- 1 May 2018
Women in Vision UK connect and collaborate with international colleagues
Women in Vision UK (WVUK) attended the 10th Annual WEAVR luncheon sponsored by our NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. The luncheon took place alongside the 2018 ARVO conference.
Dr Emily Chew, Director, Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications and Clinical Director National Eye Institute (NEI), National Institutes of Health, gave the keynote lecture focusing on the importance of replication in research. Surprisingly only 7% of studies are reproducible but now grant funding bodies such as the NEI include a section on how a research project will tackle the issue. She also highlighted that non-reproducible studies were often cited many times and so we are potentially spreading “false news!”
The debate followed that scientific journals do not tend to publish negative findings or repetition- it can be perceived as duplication and lower the impact. These factors can perpetuate the issue and editors should consider changes to the way we publish data.
In conclusion, it was agreed that we all need to make sure our science is of the highest standards to ensure the best outcomes. The WVUK table provided members with the opportunity to discuss these pertinent issues as well as consider them in their own practice.
Overall, the luncheon was a great opportunity to join our international counterparts to form collaborations and discuss ethical issues that affect each and every one of us.
- 17 Apr 2018
Dr Pete Jones demonstrates pioneering virtual reality technology to Heads of Government
Dr Pete Jones, one of our researchers, alongside Peek Vision took part in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Forums in London on 17 and 18 April as part of a special Vision for the Commonwealth stand.
Showcasing the latest technologies to address poor vision and blindness, the stand was organised by vision campaigners Clearly.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting takes place every two years and provides a unique opportunity for leaders of the 53 Commonwealth nations to address shared global challenges. The meeting Forums provide a platform for wider debate of some of the key issues and challenges and are attended by hundreds of high-profile and influential individuals from across the Commonwealth.
Dr Peter Jones gave participants the opportunity to experience the world with vision loss using innovative virtual reality technologydeveloped at here and at the City University Crabb Lab, with financial support from Moorfields Eye Charity. Additionally, the Clearly team were on hand to raise awareness of their mission to help the world see clearly. Peek team members provided live vision checks to delegates using the award-winning Peek Acuity app.
Dr Pete Jones said:
“It was such a privilege to showcase our work at such a high profile event. By using our simulators we were able to demonstrate the profound effects that avoidable sight-loss has on individuals, both in the UK and across the Commonwealth. We really enjoyed talking to people from so many backgrounds and professions, and it was great to see the enthusiasm for better eye-care provisions, particularly amongst members of the Commonwealth Youth Forum. Thanks to the organisers, and to our inspirational partners at Peek Vision and Clearly for making it all happen.”
Speakers at the Forums included Microsoft founder Bill Gates and UK Prime Minister Theresa May. The event was also attended by Her Royal Highness Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.