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Principal Investigator: Prof. José Carlos Pastor


Brief description:

The University of Valladolid (UVA) is one of the oldest universities in Europe (year of foundation 1293). UVA has been taking part in a very active way in different European projects, at research or training level, in the last 20 years. The University of Valladolid manages around 740 research projects financed through competitive public R+D+I calls (European, national or regional), and approximately 500 contracts and agreements aimed at the transfer of knowledge and technology, amounting to an average value of over fifteen million Euros per annum. Moreover, its researchers take part in almost 200 further projects and contracts managed by other institutions. There is a long experience in Interreg Projects developed by different groups of research in the University and different fields of work, and other type of European projects: Framework Programme for Research and Development. The IOBA has experience in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening and Teleophthalmology since 1992. The Institute developed a Campaign to prevent blindness for Diabetic retinopathy in the Valladolid’s county conducted between 1993-1998 and supported by the regional Government of Castilla y Leon. It has been also the responsible for the pilot experience conducted in this Region between 1999 and 2004 with the purpose of evaluating the usefulness of teleophthalmology in the screening of diabetic retinopathy by primary care physicians. This action was also supported by the Regional Government of Castilla y Leon. Its results have been presented at International meetings. Since 2004 the Institute is collaborating with the Bioengineering group of the University of Valladolid in the development of an automatic grading system for diabetic retinopathy and also in the development of a web based electronic clinical record.


Main tasks attributed:

  • Lead coordinator of WP06 Retinal microvascular endpoints
  • Act as a Reading Centre for retinal images.
  • Train and certificate the photographs involved in the study.
  • Assess the retinal lesions.
  • Determine the incidence and progression of diabetic retinopathy in the study population.



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