The Retina Foundation of Canada has completed another successful year – helping to increase awareness of retinal diseases, and to assist in the financing of the education of current and future retinal surgeons.


We are proud to be a trans-Canada foundation – our medical advisory committee is drawn from all parts of Canada, and our research grants and fellowships are awarded across Canada.

Continue reading CHAIRMAN’S REPORT 2015

Bursary Award Winners 2015

The winners of the 2015 research bursaries were selected recently.

Junior Research Grant:

1)  Zaid Mammo (University of British Columbia)
– Evaluating the effects of retinopathy of prematurity on perifoveal circulation using non-invasive angiography
2)  Salima Hassanaly (Universite de Montreal)
– Ocular phenotype of subjects with a loss of function proprotein convertase subtilisin/Kexin type 9 variant

Senior Research Grant:

1)  Flavio Rezende (Universite de Montreal)
– Intraocular concentrations of Semaphorin 3A in patients with diabetic macular edema treated with anti-VEGF
2)  Shelley Spurr (University of Saskatchewan)
– Caring For Kids Where They Live: Using Technology to Prevent Vision Loss in Northern Aboriginal Youth

Retina Health Day

Retina Health Day 2015
Retina Health Day 2015

Don’t worry, if you missed it. Photos, videos and transcripts will be available.

Participants had great things to say about how much they learned, how important understanding retina diseases is for those afflicted and how effective prevention is. They also expressed the hope that the Foundation would be able to continue its mission of educating and creating awareness of retina diseases.

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Retina Health Day: June 6th

Retinal Health Day: June 6th

An Interactive Presentation by the Retina Foundation of Canada

Saturday, June 6th, 2015
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

McGill University
McIntyre Medical Building, Palmer and Martin Amphitheaters
6th Floor, accessible via Peel Street

Join us for complimentary continental breakfast beginning at 8:45am.
Attendance is free of charge.
English and French sessions will be held concurrently.


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Bursary Winners 2014

Dr. Ashley Brissette, Queen’s University
Project: “The Role of Vitamin D in Retinal Neovascularization”

Dr. Crystal Cheung, University of Toronto
Project: “Progression of Geographic Atrophy and Intravitreal Injections of Ranibizumab Among Patients Treated for Age-Related Macular Degeneration”

Retina Canada Speakers’ Program: Dr. Wong

Retina Foundation of Canada is inviting you to the following program: (see invitation as PDF)

Can a Retinal Examination Provide Clues to a Person’s Risk of Stroke?

Learning objectives:

  • To provide an update on recent studies on the epidemiology of retinal microvascular signs
  • To discuss the relationship of retinal microvascular signs with risk of stroke, stroke subtypes and other cerebrovascular diseases
  • To discuss the potential application of retinal imaging for clinical prediction of stroke

Special guest:

Provost Chair Professor, National University of Singapore;
Vice-Dean, Office of Clinical Sciences, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School;
Group Director, Research, Singapore Health Services;
Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist, Singapore National Eye Centre;
Senior Principal Clinician-Scientist, Singapore
Professor Tien Y. Wong

Eye Research Institute

Date: Wednesday, May 21st


  • 6:30 – 7:00: Reception
  • 7:00 – 8:30: Conference and dinner

Where : Le Pois Penché Restaurant 1230, boul. De Maisonneuve O., Montreal

Please confirm your presence with Claudia Lachapelle at 514-237-8485


In compliance with the Rx&D Code of Conduct, this invitation is extended to health care
This program is supported in part by an educational grant from Novartis Canada Inc. 
Professionals only.

Dr. Arbour Pioneering Retina Disease Detection

Photograph by: Dave Sidaway, The Gazette
Photograph by: Dave Sidaway, The Gazette

Dr. Jean Daniel Arbour, a retina surgeon, says existing ways of checking retinas, such as this conventional camera being used on patient Paul Lowery at Notre Dame Hospital, can see damage only after it has happened. He is pioneering a new method to detect the early signs of vision loss by using spectral photography.  See the original article in the Montreal Gazette

Dr. Jean Daniel Arbour is a valued member of the Retina Foundation of Canada Medical Advisory Board.