The British Ophthalmological Surveillance Unit (BOSU)
The British Ophthalmological Surveillance Unit (BOSU) runs a nation-wide surveillance system across the United Kingdom for the epidemiological investigation of the incidence and clinical features of rare eye conditions of public health or scientific importance. The unit aims to facilitate research for the advancement of knowledge and improvement of the prevention and treatment of these disorders. Further benefits from our work are implications for service planning; allowing ophthalmologists to participate in peer-reviewed research and lessening the burden on reporting doctors of requests for data from numerous sources. We have also increased the awareness within both the ophthalmological community and the medical profession as a whole of the rare disorders studied; and where necessary we are positioned to respond rapidly to ophthalmic public health emergencies.
Since July 1997 the unit has continuously provided a unique resource supporting high quality epidemiological research and achieving a good publication record. We have supported over 65 different studies which have led to over 50 peer review papers, we receive consistently high levels of support and participation by UK ophthalmologists; and we continue to attract good quality applications for new studies.
Over 1300 reporting ophthalmologists participate in our active surveillance scheme. We use a methodology that has been tested in other specialties, both in the UK and internationally. We have supported surveillance for a wide range of conditions. However, rare disease surveillance is more than the systematic collection of data, the analysis and dissemination of that information to those who have contributed and all those who need to know remains an integral part of our mission. We have had great success at national and international conferences and details of all publications from BOSU studies can be are detailed in our Bibliography.
We typically have 7 or 8 conditions on the yellow card at any one time and we invite applications from ophthalmologists and others with a research interest in this area. Further information on suitable conditions and the application process can be found here.
The British Ophthalmological Surveillance Unit Steering Committee
|Chairman: Professor. M. R. Stanford||St. Thomas’s Hospital|
|Miss R Mathew||Moorfields Eye Hospital|
|Mr. S. Charles||Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester|
|Professor J. Rahi||Institute of Child Health|
|Dr E. M. Graham||St. Thomas’s Hospital|
|Mr. C. Edelsten||The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust|
|Mr T. Eke||Norwich and Norfolk University Hospital|
|Mr D Steel||Sunderland Eye Infirmary|
|Professor C. J. MacEwen||Ninewells Hospital and Medical School|
|Miss C Williams||Bristol Eye Hospital|
|Mr D. Morris||University Hospital of Wales|
|Mr N. Davies||Chelsea and Westminster Hospital|
|Miss G. Silvestri||Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast|
|Mr P. Cauchi||Gartnavel General Hospital|
|Mr R. Ling||Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital|
|Mr M.Burdon||Selly Oak Hospital|
|Mr B Foot||Royal College of Ophthalmologists|
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