Junior and Senior Research Bursary Winners 2018

Carolina Francisconi, University of Toronto
Retinal displacement after pneumatic retinopexy versus vitrectomy for the management of primary retinal detachment.

Carolina Francisconi, Retina Canada Junior Bursary Winner 2018

Netan Choudhry
Vitreous Retina Macula Specialists of Toronto
Correlation of Wide-field OCT-Angiography and Ultra-Widefield Fluorescein Angiography in Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (WONDER)

Netan Choudhry Retina Canada Senior Bursary Winner

Patient Care Equipment Purchase in Collaboration with the Montreal General Hospital Foundation

New technology greatly enhances a retinal surgeon’s ability to provide enhanced care to retinal patients.

The NGENUITY® 3D Visualization System allows retinal surgeons to operate looking at a high definition 3D screen, instead of bending their necks to look through the eye-piece of a microscope

A machine, called the NGENUITY 3D VISUALIZATION SYSTEM has been developed which aligns perfectly with our Foundation’s goals of improved clinical care and enabling the education of future retinal surgeons. Read more about the system here.

Currently retinal surgeons hunch over a microscope and peer into an infinitely small space to do corrective surgery – drawbacks include a microscopic work area, an inability for students to see what is being done, and, not unimportantly, fatigue and back strain as surgeons have to bend over their microscopes for long periods of time.

This new instrument, powered by a 3 D high dynamic range camera and a 3 D 4 K OLED monitor creates a singular operating room experience, by redefining how surgical information is captured and displayed. It allows the surgeon to sit upright – no back strain; work in a significantly bigger work space; and share his actions with students can watch the screen as the procedure is being done. Simple in concept but transformational in practice.

Currently widely used in Europe, it is just now coming to North America. There is only one such machine in operation in Canada at the Hopital Notre Dame in Montreal. We wish to join with the Montreal General Hospital Foundation to finance the purchase of one of these machines, at a cost of $110,000 – each party is to provide 50% of the funds.

How to donate.

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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.

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

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

or [email protected]

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.