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2014 winners for the Bayer Educational Grant Award announced

5 March 2015

Bayer Healthcare Press Release

Newbury, Thursday 5 March, 2015

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth), in partnership with Bayer HealthCare, today announces the 2014 winners of the inaugural Bayer Educational Grant Awards. This awards programme, sponsored by Bayer, aims to support ophthalmologists with an educational grant to present their work at educational meetings in the UK and overseas and to promote involvement in research, service development and audit for the benefit of the UK National Health Service.

The first round educational grants were awarded to 11 ophthalmologists that successfully demonstrated the value of their work to the RCOphth awards subcommittee.  The second round of educational grants were awarded to a further five ophthalmologists.

Martin Leyland, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Chair of the RCOphth awards committee commented, ‘The clinical work and research carried out in the specialist field of ophthalmology by our College members in the UK is vital. Grants such as the Bayer Educational Award help our successful applicants share their knowledge and experience and supports our core aim of improving the treatment and care of patients.’

This awards programme demonstrates Bayer’s commitment to supporting ophthalmologists with education, and the promotion of best practice and advancements in ophthalmic care.

Commenting on the awards programme, Dr Luis Felipe Graterol, Medical Director, Bayer HealthCare said, ‘Bayer is proud to be working alongside the Royal College in providing a worthy educational initiative for ophthalmologists. In order to save the sight of people in the UK, we feel it is extremely important to support experts with sharing knowledge and expertise in order to deliver innovation in treatment and service delivery. Our aim is to work with the Royal College to establish this awards programme as a well-respected and valuable initiative for ophthalmologists across the UK.’

The application process for the 2015 Bayer Educational Grant Awards is due to close on Wednesday 1st April 2015. Applications are welcome from any grade of ophthalmologist working in the UK and will only be considered from those who are current and paid up Fellows, Members or Affiliate Members of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Details around the application process can be found on The Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ website ( and / or from your Bayer representative.



For further information, please contact:

Danielle Smith, Liberation Unlimited
Tel: +44 (0)7921 717 850

Karen Tait, Bayer HealthCare
Tel: +44(0)1635 563 521


Liz Price, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Tel: +44 (0) 7787 427 720


Notes to editors

List of winners of the Bayer Educational Grant Award

First round

Ms Samira Anwar, University of Leicester
Dr Shyamanga Borooah, Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Edinburgh
Dr Miranda Buckle, Gloucestershire NHS Foundation Trust
Miss Christin Henein, Sussex Eye Hospital
Dr Bina Kulkarni, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham
Mr Hemal Mehta, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London
Dr Sonali Nagendran, Maidstone Hospital
Miss Wai Siene Ng, Cardiff University
Mrs Sreekumari Pushpoth Ramakrishnan, The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough
Dr Kurt Spiteri Cornish, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Mr Ali Yagan, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Second round

Mr William H Dean, Bristol Eye Hospital
Mr Saurabh Jain, The Royal Free Hospital, London
Mr Karl J Mercieca, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
Mrs Hannah Sharma, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
Dr Zuzana Sipkova, Oxford Eye Hospital


About The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The Royal of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) is the only professional body for eye doctors, who are medically qualified and have undergone or are undergoing specialist training in the treatment and management of eye disease, including surgery. As an independent charity, we pride ourselves on providing impartial and clinically based evidence, putting patient care and safety at the heart of everything we do. Ophthalmologists are at the forefront of eye health services because of their extensive training and experience.

RCOphth received its Royal Charter in 1988 and has over 3,500 members in the UK and overseas. We are not a regulatory body, but we work collaboratively with government, health, charity and eye health organisations to recommend and support improvements in the co-ordination and management of eye care both nationally and regionally.


About Bayer HealthCare

The Bayer Group is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer HealthCare, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 18.9 billion (2013), is one of the world’s leading, innovative companies in the healthcare and medical products industry and is based in Leverkusen, Germany. The company combines the global activities of the Animal Health, Consumer Care, Medical Care and Pharmaceuticals divisions. Bayer HealthCare’s aim is to discover, develop, manufacture and market products that will improve human and animal health worldwide. Bayer HealthCare has a global workforce of 56,000 employees (Dec 31, 2013) and is represented in more than 100 countries.

The Global Ophthalmology Awards Program (GOAP), currently in its third year, is an integral part of Bayer’s long-term commitment to ophthalmology. Through grants, the GOAP supports research and training in retinal ophthalmology with the aim of advancing the scientific understanding and clinical management of ophthalmic disorders.


Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Bayer Group or subgroup management. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in Bayer’s public reports which are available on the Bayer website at The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.

L.GB.02.2015.9959                                                                                Date of preparation: February 2015