has created over the last few decades, with the help of the Medical
Research Council, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
of Canada and other public and private support, a broad array of competencies
in vision health research. It is now time to focus those efforts, to
better coordinate its scientists, and to develop more collaborative
projects, in order to establish an integrated research community capable
of responding to the expanding health research needs of Canadian society.
Council offers the opportunity to bring together a large and powerful
group of investigators and focus their energies on the health priorities
that will face this country in the decades ahead. The investigators
exist; the priorities can be identified. What is needed now is the will
to identify Canada's vision health services as a priority for the 21st
VHRC is a private foundation devoted to the promotion of research in
vision health. It presents the work and opinions of the canadian
investigators of all disciplines, fields and aspects of science and
medicine related to vision.
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objectives of the Vision Health Research Council are:
- To link, focus,
and expand in a concerted way Canada's research effort in vision health.
- To achieve a
significant advance toward reducing the impact of vision health problems
on Canadian society.
Our goals are:
- To see vision
established as a health priority in Canada.
- To create a world-class
environment for vision health research.
- To reduce the
impact of vision loss in Canada, by:
collaborative research, targeted at prevalent and significant
vision health problems.
partnerships with a variety of sectors and organizations to address
and reduce the impact of vision health problems.
and expanding technological transfer.
Results for Canadians
- Maintain and
consolidate a national critical mass of vision health investigators,
and expand the research effort in vision health in Canada
- Develop a unified
approach to vision health needs and research programs addressing them,
- linking more
closely basic science and clinical investigation;
multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to vision health
will be to support research, training, and other programs in vision
health. It will promote research and the development of research
in vision health, facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration, and provide
coordination to the national vision health research effort. The
Institute will represent the consortium of researchers involved in vision
health research across the country.
All financial means
will be applied to research, training, interactions, communications,
international liaisons, and collaboration with industry.
This will provide
an academic-based forum to discuss perspectives on vision health and
develop a collective vision and consensus. It will also develop
unifying strategies, thus providing for more effective management
of funding for vision health research.
The VHRC will
provide a point of convergence for all organizations involved in vision
health research. It will interface with other organizations interested
in and related to vision research and support, collaborate with, and
advise other organizations pursuing similar objectives. It will
act as a source of information about vision and vision health, disseminating
vision health information and publicizing the impact of vision
disease and impairment and the benefits of vision health research.
The VHRC will help
bridge the gap between industry and academia, while addressing the relationship
and timing between concept and product.
with Vision Health Stakeholders
VHRC is a
scientific organisation. It will help in all possible ways in the public
advocacy for Vision Health and Research and will certainly benefit from
these associations. It must by all means however rely on powerfull institutions
like the Canadian Institute for the Blind, the Baker Foundation, the
RP Research Foundation and all other similar Institutions.
function will be to provide support and counselling in Researcg and
Scientific matters. It appreciates its role on the Board of the new
National Coalition for Vision Health (NCVH) and could very well act
as its Scientific and Research arm if this is wecome.
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of Psychology and Biology, Atkinson College and Faculty of Science,
Scientist, Department of Ophthalmology, Hospital for Sick
of Ophthalmology, University of Toronto
Scientist, Department of Ophthalmology, Toronto Western Hospital
of Research, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Toronto
Eye Research Institute of Canada. (Recently renamed Vision Science
Institute of Medical Science, School of Graduate Studies, University
Research Professor, York University
Vision Health Research Council of Canada
Steinbach was born in New York and became a Canadian citizen in 1988.
He graduated with a PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
in 1968 at which time he became Research Associate and Special
Lecturer at the Department of Psychology of York University. He rose
quickly through the ranks and in 1981 he became Professor of Psychology
and Biology at the Atkinson College and Faculty of Science of
York University and served as Chairman of the Department of Psychology
from 1976 to 1979. He was a Founding Member of the Human Performance
Laboratory at the Institute for Space and Terrestrial Sciences
and also a Founding Member of the Centre for Vision Research at York.
those years he was exposed to an experience that deeply influenced him.
He was, in 1974 and 75, Fellow in Strabismus Research at the Smith-Kettlewell
Institute of Visual Sciences in San Francisco. There, Professor Jampolsky
was the mediator to a deep understanding of the relationships between
clinical and basic sciences that reoriented his whole career.
1981 he accepted his first clinical appointment at the University of
Toronto as Visiting Research Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology
at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. There followed a suite
of increasing responsibilities: Senior Scientist, Department of Ophthalmology;
Professor of Ophthalmology; Staff Scientist, Department of Ophthalmology,
Toronto Western Hospital; Director of Research, Department of Ophthalmology
and finally, Professor at the Institute of Medical Science, School of
1984 to 1990 he was involved in the Scientific Planning Committee of
the Eye Research Institute of Canada of which he became the Interim
Director in 1990, Associate Director and finally Director from
1997 on. The Eye Research Institute of Canada was renamed Vision
Science Research Program in 1999.
a scientist his influence has been considerable. He has trained numerous
young scientists. His work has been supported by all major Granting
Agencies: the National Research Council, the Medical Research Council
of Canada, the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council
of Canada and the National Eye Institute of the National
Institutes of Health, U.S.A. Some 70 publications, 150 scientific
presentations and colloquia, 10 book chapters and proceedings and 20
symposia as organiser or participant barely cover his scientific production.
has been a brilliant ambassador for Canadian Science in the United States
and abroad. He was Trustee of the American Association for Research
in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) from 1981 to 1986 and Vice-President
Steinbach became intimately associated with the Vision Health Research
Council from the outset in 1997 as a Founding member and Vice-President.
He travelled across Canada from Halifax to Vancouver to promote VHRC's
mission and organised meetings of Canadian vision investigators at ARVO.
has been granted the most prestigious lifetime award of Distinguished
Research Professor of York University, an honour bestowed to a very
limited number of persons. He in turn is honouring the Vision Health
Research Council of Canada by gallantly accepting its Presidency.
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Scientific Advisory Board
People on this Board have
agreed to serve for the period of time needed to establish the Vision
Health Research Council as a representative body, replacing the former
initial structure created by the Sherbrooke Symposium – Vision
Health Research Council Foundation. It is the first step in making VHRC
become truly democratic by having an open nomination process that includes
all of the vision health scientists across Canada.
The 36 people on this list
were nominated initially by a steering committee of 10 who met in Montreal
in October 2001. The list was modified following a larger meeting of
the VHRC in June 2002 in Toronto.
VHRC Provisional Trustees
Bobier W. (Waterloo)#*
Brownstein S. (Ottawa)
Brunette I. (Montreal)#*
Brunette J.R. (Sherbrooke)#*
Campbell M. (Waterloo)#
Chauhan B. (Dalhousie)#
Chemtob S. (Montreal)
Cruess A. (Queen’s)#
DiPolo A. (Montreal)
Faubert J. (Montreal)#
Gallie B. (Toronto)#
Germain L. (St-Foy)#
Goodale M. (Western)#
Gresset J. (Montreal)
Griffith M. (Ottawa)#
Hess R. (McGill)
Heon E. (Toronto)#
Hurwitz J. (Toronto)#
Jackson B. (Ottawa)*
Lachapelle P. (Montreal)
LeBlanc R. (Dalhousie)#*
Maberly D. (UBC)
MacDonald I. (Edmonton)#
Matsubara J. (UBC)#*
Mikelberg F. (UBC)#
Molday R. (UBC)
Persaud D. (Dalhousie)#
Rootman J. (UBC)
Sharma S. (Queen’s)#
Sharpe J. (Toronto)
Simonet P. (Montreal)#
Sivak J. (Waterloo)
Steinbach M. (York, Toronto)#*
Stell W. (Calgary)#
Strong G. (Waterloo)#
Walter M. (Alberta)#
# present at June 2nd, 2002 meeting in Toronto
* member of the executive
The former board
of governors and trustees of VHRC are listed in the archives.