Women in Vision UK
Our network is aimed broadly at all women working in and around vision, from basic research to clinical practice, with over 200 members so far.
We hope to use the network as a dynamic and lively tool to promote contacts and disseminate information and support tools, particularly for early career researchers. One key early action was the generation of a list of female speakers, which is now available on this website for seminars and conference organisers, as a support to work towards ensuring equal gender representation.
We also hope in the future to engage patient advocates, the public and our next generation of vision pioneers.
-- News flash - post ARVO Update --
Women in Vision UK attended the 10th Annual Women in Eye and Vision Research (WEAVR) luncheon, kindly sponsored by the NIHR Biomedical Research Center at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology on Tue 1st May at ARVO 2018.
Dr Emily Chew (Director, Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications and Clinical Director National Eye Institute, NIH) gave the keynote lecture focusing on the importance of reproducibility in research. Surprisingly only 7% of studies are reproducible, now grant funding bodies such as the NEI include a section on how a research project will tackle this issue. She also highlighted that non-reproducible studies were often cited many times and so we are 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 need to consider changes the way we publish data.
We all need to make sure our science is of the highest standards to ensure the best outcomes. The WVUK table enabled members to meet and discuss these pertinent issues. Overall, the luncheon was a great opportunity to join our international counterparts to form collaborations and discuss ethical issues that affect each and everyone of us.
On Wed 2nd May, fourteen WVUK members met to discuss their careers, research and future opportunities. A great mix of ophthalmology specialist trainees, PhD students, fellows, Consultants, Professors, editor! Highlighting the strength of the network and new connections that will last into the future.