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Alberta Vision Net brings together researchers at the Universities of Alberta and Calgary to advance the understanding and treatment of ocular disease. With investigators from more than ten Departments, our network integrates ophthalmology and molecular biology with the following major objectives:

  • To foster fundamental and translational research to improve understanding and treatment of disease
  • Explore high impact novel research ideas, that offer the realistic prospect of fresh therapeutic approaches
  • Provide a rich cross-disciplinary environment and so offer outstanding training for fellows, residents and students
March Visiting Speaker


Dr. Sabine Fuhrmann, a vision scientist at Vanderbilt University, is visiting the U of A.

Her seminar  “Morphogenesis of the ventral optic cup: closing the gap” is at 3pm Friday March 31st in M-149 (Bioscience Building).

AVN Research Day – Monday 5th June

AVN’s Research Day is being held on Monday 5th June, in the Katz Auditorium. The meeting comprises:

  • Retinal Dystrophy Minisymposium – Novel Treatment of Retinal Degeneration
  • Trainee Poster Presentations and Talks
  • Keynote Speaker – Dr. Michel Cayouette, University of Montreal

AVN Catalyst Grants – August 2016

In the August 2016 Catalyst Grant Competition, funding has been awarded to: Dr. Andrew Waskiewicz, Dr. Michael Walter, Drs. Daniel Graf and Yves Sauvé, and Dr. David Pilgrim.

AVN Researcher Discovers the Possible Root of Night Vision

A recent collaboration between AVN member Dr. Ted Allison and Dr. Anand Swaroop at the US National Eye Institute demonstrated an evolutionary relationship between the rod and cone photoreceptors of the eye,

that may underlie the evolution of night vision. A key finding is evidence that this link persists to this day, actively driving cones to become rods in developing mammals. The results were published in Developmental Cell, and in a rare accolade, were also highlighted in Nature.

Upcoming Events

Date/Time Event
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dr. Sabine Fuhrmann
Biological Sciences Centre BS M-149, Edmonton

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
AVN Trainee Seminar - Casey Lab
KATZ Building, Room 7-003, Edmonton Alberta

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
AVN Trainee Seminar - Walter Lab
KATZ Building, Room 7-003, Edmonton Alberta


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Alberta Vision Net is made possible by generous support from the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, and the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation.

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