AVN's visiting speakers comprise leading investigators whose research spans the breadth of Ophthalmology and Visual Neuroscience. Their visits to the Universities of Alberta and Calgary have been co-supported by of our funding partners†

Mar 3, 2021 Dr. Brian Clark
Washington University School of Medical in St. Louis
Functional genomics of retinal development
Feb 3, 2021 Dr. Ryan MacDonald
University College London
Development and maintenance of glial-neuronal contacts in the retina
Jan 13, 2021 Dr. Brittany Carr
University of British Columbia
When poor construction leads to destruction: Examining the role of prominin-1 in photoreceptor outer segment morphogenesis and cone-rod dystrophy
Dec 2, 2020 Dr. Natalia Vergara
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Stem-cell derived retinal organoids: from human development to therapeutic innovation/i>
Nov 4, 2020 Dr. Vilaiwan Fernandes
University College London
Building maps in the visual system, with help from glia
Oct 7, 2020 Dr. Pierre Mattar
University of Ottawa
Transcriptional control of neural progenitor multipotency in the retina
Mar 23, 2020 Dr. David Hipfner
IRCM, Université de Montréal
Complex roles of G protein-coupled receptor kinases in the Hedgehog signaling pathway
Nov 19, 2018 Orson Moritz Dr. Orson Moritz
University of British Columbia
Using genetically modified X. laevis to examine mechanisms underlying inherited retinal degenerations
May 14, 2018 Yevgenya Grinblat Dr. Yevgenya Grinblat
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
Shaping the vertebrate Head from Z(ic) to A(lx)
May 11, 2018 Richard Harbottle Dr. Richard Harbottle
University of Heidelburg, Germany
Building a Novel DNA Vector Platform for Human Gene and Cell Therapy
May 9, 2018 Peter Carlsson Dr. Peter Carlsson
University of Gothenburg, Sweden
FoxF2 in development and disease of the CNS vasculature
April 24, 2018 Joe Corbo Dr. Joe Corbo
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Extreme Color Vision
June 5, 2017 Michel Cayouette Dr. Michel Cayouette
Cellular Neurobiology Research Unit, University of Montreal
Temporal identity factors - new approaches for stem cell therapies
March 31, 2017 Sabine Fuhrmann Dr. Sabine Fuhrmann
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University
Morphogenesis of the ventral optic cup: closing the gap
December 5, 2016 Jeff Gross Dr. Jeff Gross
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh
Genetic and Epigenetic Regulation of Eye Development
October 11, 2016 Jod Meta Dr. Jod Meta
Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore
Genetic Corneal Dystrophies
June 1, 2016 AnnekedenHollander Dr. Anneke den Hollander
Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Annual Research Day, Guest Speaker
Genetics of multifactorial eye diseases
April 19, 2016 Ann Morris Dr. Ann Morris
Department of Biology, University of Kentucky, USA
Visual system development and regeneration: a fish-eye view
January 29, 2016 EliseHeon Dr. Elise Héon
Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, University of Toronto
Bardet-Biedl syndrome: how the genetics are changing our understanding
December 11, 2015 DeborahStenkamp Dr. Deborah Stenkamp
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Idaho, USA
Seeing Double: Regulation of Tandemly-Duplicated Cone Opsins in the Zebrafish
November 13, 2015 IsabelleBrunette Dr. Isabelle Brunette
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada
The future of corneal endothelial cell transplantation
October 26, 2015 TomKume Dr. Tom Kume
Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA
Forkhead box transcription factors in cardiovascular & eye development
October 9, 2015 MikeSapieha Dr. Mike Sapieha
Centre de Recherche, Hopital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, Montreal, Canada
New Tricks from Old Neurons: Neurovascular Paradigms in Ischemic Retinopathies

† Walter MacKenzie Visiting Speaker Fund; Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute; Department of Biological Sciences; and Ocular Gene Therapy AIHS CRIO Team Grant