The 2012/13 ESCRS Clinical Research Awards (the “Awards”) is an initiative sponsored by the ESCRS to support and encourage independent clinical research in the field of cataract & refractive surgery and medicine.
The purpose of the Awards is:
The challenge with this initiative is for you to look forward and think big! ESCRS will invest substantive funding in the right project with suitable infrastructure and experience. We would like to see ideas for clinical research limited only by your imagination; we would like to see where your passion and curiosity can take you and how it can be applied to a significant clinical problem; we would like to see and support the best and brightest clinical research ideas with the capacity to change how we support and treat our patients in the field of ophthalmology. Ideas ranging from clinical research into the use of specific medical treatments or surgeries, or from the application of QALYs in clinical care, or the management of national and global health care systems in ophthalmology, or clinical research on the pharmaco-economic analysis of particular treatments – all are eligible for consideration in the Awards
The competition is now open. Up until 5pm (GMT) on Monday, August 13th, 2012 you can enter an Expression-of-Interest for the ESCRS Clinical Research Awards by using the Expression-of-Interest form available here. All eligible Expressions-of-Interest will be evaluated by the ESCRS Research Committee chaired by Manfred Tetz, from which short listed entries will be invited to make a full proposal.
ESCRS would like to take the opportunity to welcome every applicant to the competition and wish all the very best of luck in their Expression-of-Interest application. We would also encourage you to spread the word, to tell your colleagues, collaborators and competitors to actively consider how they might contribute to this important and exciting initiative. ESCRS look forward to receiving your entries for which the ultimate beneficiary of your efforts will be the ophthalmic patient and the clinical ophthalmology community
The ESCRS Clinical Research Awards are as much to do with good clinical science and medicine as they are to do with the capability to execute a solid research project creating near-term clinical impact. Any compelling scientific or medical rationale will need to be matched by an equally compelling infrastructure and research expertise that has been demonstrated to deliver on similar initiatives in the past. The combination of clinical science and clinical research expertise is the key to convincing the ESCRS Judging Panel and your peers of a credible and attractive clinical research programme.
The judging panel is comprised of individuals active in the clinic, in the laboratory and in research and business management, bringing a range of perspectives relevant to clinical research, patient care and the efficient translation of research findings from bench to bedside.
Prof Manfred Tetz, AugentagesKlinik, Spreebogen, Berlin, Germany
Prof George Gettinby, Department of Statistics, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
Dra Roser Gonzalez, Professor in Genetics, University of Barcelona, Spain
Prof Gerd Auffarth Chair of Ophthalmology, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Dr. Gearóid Tuohy, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland