Many members of the YRS are involved in both clinical and basic science research. There is a strong history of local involvement in NIHR Clinical Research Network portfolio studies, both commercial and non-commercial, interventional and observational. Most of the sites that are actively involved in clinical research would welcome trainee involvement.
Clinicians in the various eye clinics in Yorkshire are often happy to be contacted about potential research projects that involve patients with retinal disease. Three Yorkshire clinicians (Richard Gale in York, Louise Downey in Hull and Martin McKibbin in Leeds) were appointed as speciality group leads for ophthalmology by the Yorkshire and Humber local Clinical Research Network in October 2014.
Several trainees on the Yorkshire Deanery rotation have completed a PhD or MD with Professor Chris Inglehearn in the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine.
Yorkshire Retina Society aims to encourage clinical research and to support research activity by members. Small research grants, of up to £1000, are available to members of the Yorkshire Retina Society for the collection of pilot data that might help develop a larger grant application
Applications can be made at any time on the grant application form
Applications are reviewed by a panel of 3 Trustees
A funding decision is normally advised within two months of the application date