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
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
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.
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.