Montreal General Hospital meets with the Retina Foundation of Canada

Joe Jospe, Allen Berger, Donald Walcot, John Chen and Jean-Guy Gourdeau

Together, we are looking into the possibility of partnering to help fundraise for much needed medical equipment to improve retinal surgery at the MUHC.

In particular, retinal patients would benefit greatly from 3-D scanner, but the cost of such a scanner is over $100,000.

Let’s see if together we can meet this ambitious goal in 2018.

Use our secure online donation form at TD Bank / Bambora to donate.

Dr. Gallie: 2017 Senior Clinical Research Grant Recipient

Retina Foundation of Canada, it gives us great pleasure to introduce Dr. Gallie as the one of the recipients of the 2017 Senior Clinical Research Grant of the Retina Foundation of Canada.

The value of the research grant is $20,000 for their project titled, “Liquid Biopsy for non-invasive genomic analysis of ocular tumours”.

The Retina Foundation of Canada is a national organization dedicated to fighting retinal disease and preserving vision.  Supporting the efforts of Canadian researchers, who are investigating retinal diseases, has been one of the early initiatives of the Foundation.

Congratulations Dr. Gallie, we look forward to your research project and future publications or presentations.


Research Grant Winner Implants Quebec’s First Bionic Eye

Dr. Flavio Rezende, who won the Retina Foundation of Canada Clinical Research Grant in 2012, was part of the team to implant the first Argus II prothesis in Quebec.

We would like to congratulate Dr. Rezende on his accomplishment, and celebrate the gift of sight.

Dr. Rezende also received a Senior Research Grant in 2015 to study diabetic macular edema.

Read and watch more here in this Montreal Gazette article online.

Or read the article Montreal surgeon implants bionic eye in blind woman in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) by clicking on the image.


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.

Continue reading Retina Health Day

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.


Continue reading Retina Health Day: June 6th

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”