Birdshot Day No 3 talks – November 2015

All of the birdshot talks from both Birdshot day No 2 and No 3 are published on the  Birdshot Uveitis Society Youtube channel Birdshot100 at

Session 1

Birdshot – Where we are now: medications and keeping yourself well

Session 2

Fight for Sight and Birdshot Uveitis Society joint small grants initiative and progress updates

Session 3

Session 4

Session 5

Introduction to the National Birdshot Research Network and future developments



3rd Birdshot Day Saturday 14th November 2015


We are pleased to announce details of the 3rd BUS Birdshot Uveitis Day on Saturday 14th November 2015.  We will be holding it at the Grange City Hotel, 8 – 14 Coopers Row, London EC3N 2BQ, close to Tower Hill tube station and Fenchurch BR station.  The educational day is intended for people with Birdshot Uveitis, their family members and health professionals who treat people with Birdshot or research Birdshot, or want to learn more about the condition.  We welcome both old and new friends.    A two course buffet lunch, tea and coffee will be provided and the day will be divided into five main sessions which are briefly described below.

SESSION 1Chaired by Professor Andrew Dick

Birdshot Uveitis and where we are now: Medication and keeping yourself well – an interactive panel presentation including a doctor, pharmacist, specialist nurse and chairman with lots of opportunity to ask questions from the floor for example, information about trough levels and blood tests; information about skin problems,  drug interactions; managing stress and how to keep well on treatment.

SESSION 2Chaired by Professor Phil Murray

The importance of partnership and collaboration in research: NBRN and BUS partnership; Fight for Sight and BUS partnership: update on some of the research projects supported to date and the future,  with Q & A’s. Speakers will include Julian Jackson, ( Fight for Sight) and Birdshot researchers: Alastair Denniston, Graham Wallace, Omar Mahroo, Professor Glen Jeffery.


1) Reducing Stress – an interactive session where Mark Westmoquette shows how mindfulness could help reduce stress including some simple introductory exercises
2) Living with Birdshot – a led workshop where patients share their experiences

SESSION 4Chaired by Professor Miles Stanford

National Birdshot Research Network,  future developments and new research in the pipeline,with short presentations from leading researchers involved in Birdshot related research in both the UK and Holland.   The speakers include consultants and specialist researchers such as: Carlos Pavesio (Moorfields Eye Hospital), Jonas Kuiper, (Department of Ophthalmology and Laboratory of Translational Immmunology, Utrecht)  Pearse Keane (Moorfields Eye Hospital), Andrew Dick and Richard Lee (Bristol University/Bristol Eye Hospital).


Question Time –  The Birdshot panel of experts answer your questions, with: Andrew Dick, Miles Stanford, Phil Murray, Carlos Pavesio, Pearse Keane, Alastair Denniston, Jonas Kuiper, Richard Lee, John Hall, Annie Folkard and others.

As well as the talks, on the day you will be able to network and socialise with our ‘Birdshot Community’ – made up of professionals, people with Birdshot and family members.  You will be able to:

  • Meet experts in the field of Birdshot
  • Meet other patients with a Birdshot diagnosis
  • Ask questions about Birdshot
  • Ask questions about medication
  • Find out about new treatments and research

We will have a range of exhibitors there  including: Fight for Sight, RNIB, Macular Disease Society, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and Optima Low Vision and others.

Please register on line to reserve your place, or print off Birdshot Day Registration Form and send it to BUS, PO Box 64996, London SW20 2BL, or return it by email to info @ birdshot. org. uk.
This event is being organised by BUS  and members of the National Birdshot Research Network.  We are  particularly grateful to Professor Andrew Dick and Karen Bonstein for their help with developing the programme.  We are extremely fortunate to  have the continued support of a dedicated group of clinicians and researchers who form the heart of the National Birdshot Research Network.

BUS very much look forward to meeting you all on Saturday 14th November 2015.


for Team Birdshot

Email: info @ birdshot.

Book your places now!

As before, the conference, including lunch, is free,  but we do require a £20 refundable registration deposit (plus £1 non-refundable administration fee to pay for postage and Paypal fees) – your registration fee can be returned when you attend the Day, but if you choose to donate your registration fee to help BUS develop the next Birdshot Day, we very warmly welcome this. You can pay your registration fee by using the button below (debit and credit card & PayPal), or by sending a cheque by post to BUS, PO Box 64996, London SW20 2BL.



If you are claiming benefits or on a pension we will waive the deposit as we do not want to prevent people attending due to financial constraints.


If you want overnight accommodation the Grange City Hotel has offered us a concessionary rate.  Please note to obtain the special rate, your hotel booking must be made at least 1 months in advance of the day, as nearer to the date prices will unfortunately go up.  Information about this, including the rates can be found at the following link:

We are extremely grateful to M3 who have sponsored the printing and distribution costs of the publicity poster.




Birdshot Day Poster – Saturday 14th November 2015

Here is the poster to advertise our forthcoming No 3 Birdshot Day on Saturday 14th November 2015.   The poster has been designed by  David Bethell, one of our trustees and directors, who is also a graphic designer.  As before, David has given his time for free.  M3 Global who are the healthcare marketing company that we helped earlier last year have sponsored the printing costs.  Thank you so much to you both M3 Global and David for their help with this.

If you would like to make sure the poster is put up in the hospital where you are treated, please let us know and we will send you a copy, so you can arrange this for us.  Publicity throughout the UK is most important, as we would like this to be the biggest gathering of people with Birdshot and people interested in the eye condition that has ever been held!

Details of the day and the programme will follow on the BUS website soon, with a link so that you can book your ticket to attend.    We can also email or post the information direct to.  Please get in touch with ub by email to to indicate your interest in coming to the day.

The programme is well develped and we will already have some exciting speakers and activities organised. Please put the date in your diary!

Birdshot Poster Pompidou Transport MBP A4B

Boston Birdshot Symposium 2013

Last week we were in touch with Alison Justus from MERSI concerning the video footage of the September 2013 Boston Birdshot Symposium which is going to be made available on-line. We are delighted to report that it should be ready early in the New Year and as soon as we have it, we will post the link on the BUS website.

In the meantime, the PDF below shows the posters that were distributed at the US Boston Birdshot conference.  They describe the latest published Birdshot research coming out of MERSI.

Birdshot Research Posters

The posters are:

  • Assessment of TH1, TH2 and TH17 Cells in Birdshot Retinochoroidopathy: P Yang and C S Foster
  • Combined therapy of cyclosporine A and mycophenolate mofetil for the treatment of birdshot retinochoridopathy: a 12 month follow-up  RA Cervantes-Castaneda , LA Gozalez , M Cordero-Coma, T Yilmaz and CS Foster
  • Regulatory T-Cells in Peripheral Blood of Patients with Birdshot Retinochoroidopathy: S S Siddique, L Amorese, L Almulki, A M Sueves. C S Foster
  • Risk factors associated with relapse of Birdshot Retinochoroidopathy: A E Radwan R Oarujg, U Baheti, M Austin, CS Foster
  • Infliximab treatment of patients with Birdshot Retinochoroidopathy:P Artornsombudh, O Gevorgyan, A Payal, SS Siddique, D C Foster


Announcing Birdshot Day 2012 DVD

Birdshot Day March 2012

Hot News!  The 2012 Birdshot Day DVDs are now available.  They contain all the talks, all the question and answer sessions and individual interviews with patients and professionals.  Compulsive viewing for those of you who were not able to attend the day, and for those of you who want to relive the day.

We are trying to provide the DVD free of charge, but we do need a donation to cover the cost of production, postage and packing.   To order your copy, please email us at giving us details of where you want it posted.

Donations for the DVD can be made online through our web page on the B My Charity button:

Donate button

or if you are overseas, via Paypal on our website:

(yellow button below)

Thank you.

The talks and interviews (but not the hour long question and answer session)  are also available online on You Tube at Birdshot100


2nd Birdshot Day, 2012 on You Tube

We have now posted  all of the talks from the 2nd Birdshot Day held on 3 March 2012.  To access these, please go to You Tube and type in Birdshot Uveitis Society to find our channel.

Alternatively, click on the links below.

Birdshot Day Speakers

Mike Brace, CBE – The importance of the Birdshot Day

Miss Narciss Okhravi – Introduction to the Birdshot Day

Professor Andrew Dick – Patient, Clinician and Researcher Partnerships

Rea Mattocks – Introduction to BUS

Dr Graham Wallace – The Science of Birdshot

Mr Nigel Hall – Diagnosing, Testing and Monitoring

Professor Miles Stanford – Medication Options

Morning Question and Answer Session

Miss Dhanes Thomas – Introduction to Biobanks

Professor Phil Murray – The National Birdshot Research Network

Lorraine O’Mullane – Appeal for funding Birdshot Research

Julian Jackson – Fight for Sight and funding Birdshot research

Professor Will Ayliffe – Quality of Life Survey for Birdshot

Simon Denegri – Patient involvement in research (INVOLVE)

Mr Carlos Pavesio – Current research into Birdshot

Mr Alastair Denniston – Outcomes of research

Professor Glen Jeffrey – Vitamin D and Inflammatory Diseases


Kathy Evans Royal College of Ophthalmologists – Talking about BUS

Niss Narciss Okhravi – The National Birdshot Research Network

Annie – Stable Birdshot

Ann – A family with Birdshot

Liam – A family with Birdshot

Helen – Birdshot in Israel

Sandra – Birdshot Effects

Colin – Birdshot Effects

Nick B – In Remission from Birdshot

Nick Collins – Living with low vision

Happy viewing everyone.


Birdshot Day on You Tube

A short video of the Birdshot Day of 3 March 2012 has been posted on You Tube.  It gives an overview of the Day, and is only 4 minutes long, so makes easy viewing!  It is in HD, so really nice quality.  Take a look everybody, and if you like it, please like it!  And see if you can spot yourself, if you were there on the Day.

It can be found on Youtube by following the link below.

We are busy finalising the long DVD which will show the whole day, and this should be available in a couple of weeks.  We will let you know when it is ready.

Have fun viewing.