http://birdshot.org.uk/ Birdshot Chorioretinopathy, or Birdshot Uveitis as we now call it is a rare and potentially blinding chronic posterior uveitis. This short video was filmed from material taken at the Birdshot Day held in March 2012 and gives a flavour of what the event was like. It was put on for both patients and professionals. There is a longer DVD of the whole day which will be available from the Birdshot Uveitis Society - details will be posted on our website. Many thanks to SMYLE (http://videoatsmyle.co.uk/) for all their help and expertise.
Birdshot - where we are today - and how to stay well. The videos in this playlist include:- Professor Andrew Dick's Introduction to the day and the opening session. He briefly describes the eye condition to set the scene. Dr David Makanjuola, a consultant nephrologist talks about the way the immune system attacks the eye, the immunosuppressive therapy used to treat the eyeproblem and how, with the help of our doctors we can keep well, whilst on therapy. Adam Mapani talks about the role of the specialist uveitis nurse and Mildred Johnson speaks about how the hospital pharmacists can help. It provides an excellent introduction to the world of Birdshot.
The Birdshot Uveitis Society and Fight for Sight joint partnership. Each talk describes research projects that have received joint funding via the BUS/Fight for Sight joint small grants joint funding scheme. Speakers include Alastair Denniston - the Birdshot Database and Biobank; Laura Morton - Birdshot Supercell analysis Glen Jeffery - Reseach into "Red light" as a treatment to reduce eye inflammation Omar Mahroo - the handheld RETeval scanner instead of the normal ERG
The theme of current Birdshot research is the common link to these three videos. Joan Kuiper is a dutch research biologist who has been involved in finding another common relationship found in Birdshotters gene - it's all to do with ERAP. This talk is followed by a Professor Edd James whose research has been on similar lines to Jonas's interests. His research has centred around another condition, ankylosing spondylitis, but there are common links which could be of interest. Richard Lee talks about translational research. He is working with groups in the USA and Australia.