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Our areas of funding - education

We feel passionate about the education of Ophthalmologists and the sharing of knowledge about this medical field. With your assistance we can support specific educational projects which include:  

Cambridge Ophthalmological Symposium
We have been facilitating the Cambridge Ophthalmological Symposium since 1970. The meeting is now a well established, internationally significant event. It attracts a worldwide audience who discuss and debate the most recent innovations in ophthalmology. Bursaries are offered each year to 2 doctors who would not otherwise been able to participate.  The next Symposium will take place 2 - 4 September 2020, St John's College, Cambridge. 
Peter Watson International Scholarship (PWIS)

ARVO SciComm Training Fellows Tasneem Khatib and Craig Pearson, along with the University of Cambridge and Form the Future educational team, created the PWIS as part of an ongoing mission of promoting interest in vision science and providing opportunities for students to gain exposure to research at the highest level. The scholarship awarded to individuals undertaking a science related Extended Project Qualification following rigorous application rounds. The 2018 winners were Benjamin Schwabe from Leicester and Nathan Harmer from the Isle of Man.

In February 2018 these two young gentlemen and guardians received an all-expenses paid trip to the United States.

They visited the world-famous National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health as well as the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC. The CET looks forward to part funding this initiative in 2019.

Addenbrooke's Cataract training

With grants from the Cambridge Eye Trust, Health Education England and Addenbrooke’s Postgraduate Medical Centre, this £100,000 addition to the Ophthalmology training equipment is already being used to help the ophthalmology consultants of the future to hone their surgical skills.

Cataract surgery is incredibly intricate and requires the use of both hands, both feet and both eyes simultaneously. Training ophthalmologists to achieve the required levels of dexterity has been a challenge. The EyeSi simulator very realistically allows training surgeons to learn all the steps of cataract surgery, improve their dexterity and achieve a high level of competence before they start in the operating theatre. There is now good evidence that surgeons trained on the EyeSi make faster progress in their training and become better and safer surgeons much more quickly. Established eye surgeons are using the simulator to develop their techniques and many training courses are planned over the coming years.