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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


BrightFocus Foundation grant competition

May 23, 2018

The BrightFocus Foundation has an upcoming grant competition for those conducting research on macular degeneration, with a Letter of Intent due June 26th.

Details can be found here:



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Nicole Noel received a CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship

May 10, 2018

Nicole is working on her PhD thesis under two AVN members, Dr. Ian McDonald and Dr. Ted Allison. Congratulations to Nicole for receiving a CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship to support her during her studies.

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AVN researchers identify a novel ocular disease – Superior Coloboma

April 3, 2018

A recently published paper in PLoS Genetics (Hocking et al., March 2018) is the culmination of a long-standing collaborative project by two AVN labs (PIs: Ordan Lehmann and Andrew Waskiewicz). The group identified eight patients with tissue gaps in the superior portion of the iris, retina, and/or lens – a novel congenital disease the researchers termed Superior Coloboma. By using zebrafish to revisit ocular development, the authors discovered the superior ocular sulcus, a transient groove bisecting the dorsal retina and the potential origin of superior coloboma. Moreover, they showed how patterning cues control formation and closure of the sulcus and its developmental function in directing growing ocular blood vessels.


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