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Gloucestershire Diabetic Retinopathy Research Group

This research group aims to reduce the risk of sight loss among people with diabetes by the prompt Identification and effective treatment of sight threatening retinopathy. Identification involves systematic screening using digital photography and image grading to view and monitor changes occurring within the retina. Treatment might involve the application of lasers and/or different drug regimes.


Studies involve a combination of patient questionnaires and  interviews, data collection / extraction and statistical analysis, patient information transfer and collation, and clinical trials.

Scientific Cooperations

  • Cooperation 1:
    University of Warwick
  • Cooperation 2:
    University of Oxford
  • Cooperation 3:
    European Network of Clinical Research in Ophthalmology
  • Cooperation 4:
    Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Cooperation 5:
    Pfizer Ltd.

Group Leader

Peter Scanlon
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Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Cheltenham General Hospital

Sandford Road
GL53 7AN
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
United Kingdom

Phone: (44) 08454 222 851
Fax: (44) 08454 223 853


Current Research Projects

  • Project 1
    FLURRI - Understanding factors leading to low uptake of diabetic retinopathy screening in primary care.
  • Project 2
    Development of a cost-effectiveness model for optimization of the screening interval in diabetic retinopathy screening.
  • Project 3
    EUROCONDOR – European Consortium for the early treatment of diabetic retinopathy using eye drops of neuroprotective drugs.
  • Project 4
    GP2DRS – General practice to diabetic retinopathy screening programme information transfer system development.
  • Project 5
    NOD – National Ophthalmology Database development.

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