Vision Scientist Appointed Director of the School of Optometry
at the University of Waterloo.
Dr. Thomas F. Freddo,
formerly of the Department of Ophthalmology at Boston University
School of Medicine will take up the reins at Waterloo in September.
For more information about Dr. Freddo, click
here to read his Biosketch.
University of Montreal
Vision Scientist Mauric Ptito Awarded Prestigious Hensen Prize
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Queen's Vision Scientist
Nikolaus Troje Awarded Prestigious Steacie Fellowship:
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Dr. Keith Gordon
Named Head of Research for the CNIB.
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Two Honours for Faculty
at the University of Ottawa Eye Institute/The Ottawa Hospital:
Seymour Brownstein, MD FRCSC was awarded the J. David Grimes
Research Career Achievement Award of The Ottawa Health Research
Institute. The Award honoured his lifetime research achievements
in ophthalmic pathology, and was presented at a reception
which raised $125,000 for research.
Jackson, MD FRCSC received the Ottawa Life Science Council
Award for his leadership and vision as Director of the University
of Ottawa Eye Institute.
Prof. Allison B.
Sekuler (McMaster) was named one of Canada's Leaders of Tomorrow
by the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (www.pagse.org)
in November 2004.
Dr. John Flanagan,
Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences
at the University of Toronto, Senior Scientist in the VisionScience
Research Program at the Toronto Western Research Institute,
and Professor of Optometry at the University of Waterloo, delivered
the Glenn Fry Award Lecture at the December 2004 meeting of
the American Academy of Optometry in Tampa, FL. The Award is
offered for significant research contributions to the understanding
of causes of vision loss. His Award Lecture was titled: My Life
Under Pressure and Other Facets of Glaucoma.
The CIHR Institute
of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addictions (INMHA) offers
a $1,000 award, every two weeks, to trainees who publish a senior-authored
paper in a leading journal in any area related to the mandate
of INMHA. There have been several awardees in the area of vision
research but there could be more. Please go to the INMHA link
below to get more information
Walter Wittich -
July 15, 2006
Yunwei Feng - April 15, 2005
Robert Chow - January 1, 2005
Cary Kogan - November 15, 2004
Richard Le Grand - June 1, 2004
Armando Bertone – November 2003
Eliana Klier (her second!) - December 1, 2002
Kai Schreiber - January 1, 2002
Eliana Klier - November 15, 2001
Dave Ellemberg - October 15, 2001
SCIENTISTS HONOURED AT ARVO
The Association for
Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)’s Proctor
Medalist for 2003 was Professor Jacob G. Sivak of the University
of Waterloo School of Optometry.
In 2001, Professor
David Martin Regan of York University’s Centre for Vision
Research was the Proctor Medalist.
In 1998, the Friedenwald
Award was given to Professor Robert S. Molday of the University
of British Columbia.
The Proctor and Friedenwald
awards are for senior investigators and represent ARVO’s
recognition of outstanding and sustained scientific contributions.
The ARVO Award recognizing the achievements and promise of scientists
under the age of 40 is the Cogan Award. In 2002, Professor Michael
A. Walter of the University of Alberta was the winner.
VISION SCIENTISTS AWARDED CANADA RESEARCH CHAIRS
McGill University: Erik Cook
McMaster University: Patrick Bennett, Digby Elliott, Allison
Queen’s University: Craig W. Hawryshyn, Douglas Munoz,
University of Alberta: Ordan J. Lehmann, Douglas Wong-Wylie
University of British Columbia: Jason Barton, Max S. Cynader,
Robert S. Molday
University of Calgary: Sheelagh Carpendale, Sarah McFarlane
Universite de Montreal: Sylvain Chemtob, Pierre Jolicoeur, Franco
Lepore, Len Levin
Universite Laval: Lucie Germain
University of Ottawa: Alan Mears
University of Toronto: Belinda Chang, C. Ross Ethier, Geoffrey
University of Victoria: Robert L. Chow
University of Waterloo: James A. Danckert, Elizabeth Irving,
University of Western Ontario: Mel Goodale, Ravi S. Menon
York University: J. Douglas Crawford, John Tsotsos
- Bal Chauhan: Dalhousie
- Jocelyn Faubert:
Essilor Chair Universite de Montreal
- Elise Heon: Hospital
for Sick Children, Mira Goddard Chair in Vision Research
- Rejean Munger: U
of Ottawa Eye Institute, Clifford, Gladys and Lorna J. Wood
Chair for Vision Research
- Maurice Ptito: University
of Montreal, Hartland Sanders Research Chair
- Cathy Tsilfidis:
U of Ottawa Eye Institute, Don and Joy Maclaren Chair for Vision
here for the list
May Griffith, University of Ottawa
CIHR Strategic Initiatives
are Funding Vision Researchers and Trainees:
1. York University’s
Centre for Vision Research (CVR) is now able to see its way clearly
to training the next generation of researchers in the interdisciplinary
study of human vision health, thanks to new funding from the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
The CIHR has awarded $1.4 million over six years to a group of
scholars at the CVR for this purpose. The scholars are the largest
interdisciplinary vision research group in North America.
Led by York Professor
Hugh Wilson, professor of spatial and computational vision,
the group represents a core of Canadian leaders in the study
of vision internationally, and includes researchers at Toronto
Western Hospital, Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health
Sciences Centre, the University of Waterloo and the University
of Western Ontario.
2. Regenerative Medicine
Grant of $1.5M:
Dr. Isabelle Brunette
(Université de Montréal, Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont,
Montréal) and team will conduct research to improve the
outcome of corneal transplantation.The aim of the research is
to ultimately decrease the waiting lists for this kind of surgery.
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