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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:

Dear_Researcher_LOI_RFP_FY19

 

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.

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.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29522511

 

Congratulations to Lance Doucette

April 3, 2018

Lance (MacDonald Lab) recently received a Retina Foundation of Canada Clinical Research Grant that will support his research into novel causes of retinal and macular dystrophies.

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.

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: jhocking@ualberta.ca

Prize: $150

Please read these tips before starting: Logo tips

 

 

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:

https://www.ualberta.ca/graduate-studies/awards-and-funding/scholarships/cgsm-canada-graduate-scholarships-masters

Congratulations to Nicole Noel!

November 7, 2017

Nicole recently received an Alberta Innovates – Health Solution scholarship to fund her PhD research under the joint supervision of two AVN members – Dr. Ian MacDonald and Dr. Ted Allison. Way to go Nicole!

Take Ophthalmology 601 this winter

November 7, 2017

This graduate level course is open to graduate students with an interest in the broad field of ocular genetics. Individual lectures will be provided as background to supplement the discussion of pertinent papers and topics. Each session will be led by a local expert (currently 8) and cover principles of ocular genetics, development, function, and disease. The course marks will be 70% based on written answers to questions after each session and 30% for a final presentation and participation in class.

Course will be held in Katz 7-003B on Wednesday afternoons in the Winter term beginning Jan. 10th, 2018

Contact Lisa Trottier: trottier@ualberta.ca

Ophthalmology 601 2018 WINTER Syllabus

Scholarship opportunities

November 6, 2017

Scholarships available to undergraduates, graduate students, medical students, and residents doing vision research:

-THE MARK MARSHALL DEPARTMENT OF OPHTHALMOLOGY AND VISUAL SCIENCES TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH AWARD
-ALBERTA ODD FELLOW REBEKAH VISION SCIENCE GRADUATE STUDENT AWARD
-HELEN COLBURN SCHOLARSHIP
-EDWIN ISAAC CLARKE SCHOLARSHIP

All are due January 31st, 2018! See attachments for further information:

OVS Dept Awards 2017-2018

The Mark Marshall Department of Opthalmology and Visual Sciences Translational Research Award 2017-2018