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.

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 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.

Fellowship & Grant Winners 2013

Winners of the Junior Investigator, Clinical Retina Research Grant ($5000 each):

  • Dr. Jonathan Micieli, University of Toronto
    • Project: Trends in Retina Subspecialization in Canada
  • Dr. Anastasia Neufeld, Dalhousie University
    • Project: Analysis of Macular Pigment Density in Patients with Asymmetric Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Fellowship Fund: Now Reviewing

Competition for fellowship and research bursary has now closed and review process is ongoing. Winners will be announced at our COS meeting in June.


The mission of the Retina Foundation of Canada is to cure retina disease and preserve vision.

The goal of this newly established fellowship prize is to facilitate the development of Canadian retina specialists in order to increase accessibility to care for the Canadian public. Download the application: 2013 Retina Canada Fellowship Application (right click to save to your computer) Continue reading Fellowship Fund: Now Reviewing 2012

The Retina Foundation of Canada has launched its inaugural fund-raising photo contest:

Do you like taking photos?

Do you like participating in charitable campaigns with catchy, month-themed names?

Do you enjoy having functional eyes?

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of the previous questions, I urge you to check out ‘Photobr’, a month-long photo contest being put on by the Retina Foundation of Canada. You’ll be supporting a great cause, and you can win great prizes like an iPad 3.

1. Visit
2. Register and then post a cool picture that you have taken. The idea is to celebrate your vision.
3. Ask friends and family to support your picture by clicking on the picture and making a tax deductible donation of any size.
4. Spread the word.

Thanks for participating!