The workshop was attended by participants from nine Optometry institutes who received training to help hone their written communication and research skills
IVI organised a three-day ‘Brien Holden Vision Institute Academy EyeTeach© Series Biostatistics and Scientific Writing’ workshop in collaboration with the African Vision Research Institute (AVRI) during 29-31 October 2014. Mr Farai Chinanayi and Dr Jyoti Jaggernath from AVRI facilitated the workshop held at IVI Hyderabad.
“For any body of knowledge to be put to effective use, it is important to process, analyse and present the data in a format that makes interpretation easy and targeted. Through this workshop, optometry scholars will be able to better structure their research findings and contribute to new knowledge in Optometry,” said Mr Vinod Daniel, CEO, IVI, on the eve of the workshop.
The workshop focused on several introductory topics in biostatistics which form the basis for further methods such as linear and logistic regression and survival analysis. The workshop helped eye health cadres and researchers develop skills in written communication to enable them to effectively share knowledge through scientific papers, reports and peer reviewed articles. The participants also received generic training in research skills.
19 optometry professionals, including educators, practitioners and students from nine Optometry institutes, benefited from the workshop. The institutes include LV Prasad Eye Institute, Nethradhama Institute of Optometry, Shri Prakash Institute of Optometry, Sankara Eye Hospital, Little Flower Institute of Medical Science and Research, The Eye Foundation, Sri Ramachandra University, Government Health & Medical Services and University of Hyderabad.
Established in October 2011, IVI acts as a catalyst to help India achieve socially responsible, high quality vision care and an industry that can support: excellent eye care; state-of-the-art Indian optometry; excellent eye care education; international leadership in cutting-edge vision care research and development; and viable Indian vision and optical industry, playing a substantial part in global eye care. IVI is an initiative of the L V Prasad Eye Institute of Hyderabad and the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Sydney.
IVI acknowledged the support of Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation and Optometry Giving Sight in funding the programme.