ISDR Conference 2019

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To receive and review the main results of a programme of applied research, “Individualised variable interval risk based screening for diabetic retinopathy (ISDR)”. To consider policy and practice implications, expert patient opinion and plan for future implementation.


ISDR is a 7 year programme of applied research funded by the UK National Institutes of Health which completes in 2019. ISDR aims to develop and implement a major enhancement to screening for sight threatening diabetic retinopathy (STDR) by introducing an individualised approach based on measured patient-centred risk, acceptability to patients and staff, safety and cost-effectiveness. A multi-disciplinary team from ophthalmology, social science, health economics, statistics, mathematics, heath services research, diabetes care, primary care and computer science have been working with patient experts and health service managers. Research has been on the whole population of people with diabetes in Liverpool.

We are now ready to share and discuss the findings of our research with an expert group to set the scene for the next generation of personalised digitally based screening.


Liverpool Town Hall (High Street, Liverpool, L2 3SW) Click here for map

Public transport directions: Liverpool Town Hall is located within 15-min walk from Liverpool Lime Street Station and 5-min walk from Moorfields and James Street underground stations. It is a 12-min walk from the Liverpool One bus station.


Wednesday 25th September (registration from 10:30, planned end 16:00)


Invited national and international leaders and policy makers in screening for diabetic retinopathy; academic experts in personalised medicine, health economics, primary care, public health, clinical trial design, biostatistics; patient groups; ISDR investigators.

General delegates with an interest in diabetes, diabetic retinopathy, retinal diseases and the related academic fields are welcome.


Opens - 22nd July 2019

Closes - 6th September 2019

Fee - N/A

Book now by sending an email to, including any special dietary and access requirements.

Outline of programme (Click here)

Summary presentations in 3 sessions by ISDR investigators will cover:

  • primary and secondary analyses from the ISDR RCT comparing variable interval risk based versus standard fixed interval screening including safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness
  • qualitative investigations of patient perceptions of screening and diabetes care
  • health economics analyses of the costs of screening, quality of life, models of delivery
  • patient involvement programme - the patient expert in research and implementation
  • epidemiological observational cohort study - prevalence and incidence in a population with established screening programme
  • risk calculation models and data warehouse
Delegates will receive an information pack in advance containing outputs and data from the ISDR programme.

Each presentation will be followed by a facilitated discussion to address interpretation, implementation and plans for the future. There will be plenty of time for discussion.