Published: 2 November 2016 at 11:49
The second meeting of the new VERU Journal Club took place on Friday 28 October. Post-doctoral researcher Ivailo Zhekov led a discussion on a recent paper which compared the accuracy of two different assessments of glaucoma progression: Abe RY, Diniz-Filho A, Zangwill LM, et al. The relative odds of progressing by structural and functional tests in glaucoma. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2016;57:OCT421–OCT428.
As its starting point, this study used both a structural test (SD-OCT) and a functional test (standard automated perimetry) to follow the progression of 305 glaucoma patients and 49 normal controls for periods of up to four years. The authors found that structural testing predicted progression better in early cases (as established at baseline), while functional testing performed better in advanced cases. This was, of course, a considerable over-simplification of the findings, which were discussed, along with the statistical methods, in a lively session.
The purpose of the Journal Club is to review papers of interest. Session leaders are told that they are free to choose recent additions to the literature, ground-breaking discoveries, important reviews, their own work, or anything else that they think could possibly be of interest to colleagues.
The VERU Journal Club will meet on the fourth Friday of each month, from 13.30 to 14.30. The next meeting, to be led by post-doctoral researcher Lavanta Farouk, will take place on 25 November in YST301 (Young Street Building, Cambridge Campus), followed by a break in December. The first meeting of the New Year will take place on 27 January.
Roger J Buckley, Professor Emeritus of Ocular Medicine
Associate Director, Vision and Eye Research Unit
Faculty of Medical Science, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge