Research at the AVNduallogo

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


Telodendria research from the Allison Lab

January 17, 2018

Telodendria are delicate structures that connect photoreceptor cells to one another and allow for information to be shared laterally between them. Despite their discovery in the late 19th century, telondendria are not widely known or well characterized in vision science. Nicole Noel recently studied these poorly understood features of photoreceptors in the zebrafish retina during her Master’s thesis in the Allison lab. Her work has now been published in the Journal of Comparative Neurology, with one of her beautiful photos featured on the issue cover.

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AVN Logo Contest

November 10, 2017

AVN needs a logo! AVN members, it’s time to get out your crayons. We’re having a contest and the winner gets a cash prize and will hopefully have their design displayed as our new logo.

Due: Jan 10th, 2018

Send your logo to:

Prize: $150

Please read these tips before starting: Logo tips



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Canada Graduate Scholarship MSc Applications due Dec 1st

November 7, 2017

Good funding opportunity for AVN students conducting basic and clinical research.

See here for further info:

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Upcoming Events

Date/Time Event
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
AVN Seminar by MacDonald Lab
KATZ Building, Room 7-003, Edmonton Alberta

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
AVN Seminar by Lehmann 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.

University of Alberta
7-030 Katz Centre
Edmonton AB, T6G 2E1

University of Alberta
7-030 Katz Centre
Edmonton AB, T6G 2E1