Research Day programme


McGill Ophthalmology Research Day
June 21, 2019
The Research Institute of the MUHC
1001 boul. Décarie


Program Learning Objectives

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the methodology of the research.
  • Analyse a scientific publication in relation to vision research.
  • Discuss the recent data of fundamental and clinical research in their environment.
  • Interpret the results of recent research work done in diseases of the eye in such subspecialties as glaucoma, retina, cornea, neuro-ophthalmology, uveitis, pediatric ophthalmology, and vision science.
  • Discuss the impact these recent developments could have on their practice.

8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Introduction - McGill University, Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Leonard Levin MD, PhD, FRCSC

9:05 a.m. Introduction - McGill Day 2019 Planning Committee Chair

Reza Farivar, PhD

**Each presentation will be 12 minutes in length, followed by a 3-minute discussion period.

9:15 a.m. Session I. Moderator: Alexandre Reynaud

  1. Monitoring RGC Axonal Phosphatidylserine Externalization in Vivo as an Early Biomarker during Rodent Optic Nerve Degeneration (Fan Yang, Mohammadali Almasieh, Leonard A. Levin)
  2. Study of the Concentration-Dependent Structural Effects of Pilocarpine on the Anterior Segment of the Eye in Patients Scheduled to Undergo Laser Procedures (Daniel Peretz, Gerardo Discepola, Hady Saheb) – presented by Gerardo Discepola
  3. The Effects of Monocular Deprivation on the Pulfrich Phenomenon (Sasha Novozhilova, Alexandre Reynaud, Robert F. Hess)
  4. An unexpected spontaneous Pulfrich phenomenon in amblyopia (Alexandre Reynaud and Robert F. Hess)
  5. Ocular Behçet’s Disease: Visual Prognosis after 20 years of follow-up (Rita Pinto Proença, Cristina Fonseca, Catarina Canha, Maria Julia Fernandes, Rui Proenca)
  6. Effect of topical corticosteroids on early post-operative intraocular pressure following combined cataract and trabecular micro- bypass surgery (Ali Salimi, MSc, Aaron Winter, MD, MSc; Cody Li, MD, MSc; Paul Harasymowycz, MD, FRCSC; Hady Saheb, MD, MPH, FRCSC, DABO)

10:55 a.m. Coffee break (Atrium)

11:15 a.m. Session II. Moderator: Alex Baldwin

  1. Visual plasticity induced by short-term patching does not accumulate across days in adults with normal vision (Seung Hyun (Sam) Min, Alex S. Baldwin, Robert F. Hess)
  2. Understanding and overcoming the limits in amblyopic stereovision (Sara Alarcon Carrillo, Alex S. Baldwin, Robert F. Hess)
  3. Determining the diagnostic utility of the photomyoclonic artifact (PMA) (WenQing Yu, Mathieu Gauvin, Pierre Lachapelle)
  4. A proposed method for locating retinal abnormalities through stereovision testing (Alex S Baldwin, Tenia Wang, Robert F Hess)
  5. Expression of cysteinyl leukotriene receptors 1 and 2 in uveal melanoma (P. Garcia de Alba Graue, A. Goyeneche, J. Coblentz, T. Ferrier, M.N. Burnier)

12:45 -1:15 p.m. Lunch (Atrium)

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. 1st Poster viewing (Atrium)

2:00 p.m. Session III. Moderator: Christopher Shooner

  1. Re-balancing the eyes using monocularly-directed attention (Sandy Wong, Alex S. Baldwin, Kathy Mullen, Robert F. Hess)
  2. Determination of the Optimal Slab Algorithm on OCT-Angiography for the Detection of Choroidal Neovascularization (Adam Samet, Aaron Rosen, David E. Lederer)
  3. Membrane Permeability Analysis of Neuroprotective Phosphine-Borane Complexes and Their Metabolites (Raheem Remtulla & Dr. Leonard Levin)
  4. Prevalence of Glaucoma in Individuals with a Positive Family History - A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (Daniel Peretz, Samir Touma, Hady Saheb) - presented by Samir Touma

3:00 – 4:15 p.m. Getting a research project done: from start to finish

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. Questions and discussion

4:15 – 4:45 2nd poster viewing (Atrium) and tallying of votes

4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks, Adjourn

Poster Presentations

Poster #




Recognition of unique pattern for spatial distortion in Amblyopia and Logistic Regression Diagnostic
Prediction Models for Giant Cell Arteritis: Development and Validation

Haneieh Molaei, Reza Farivar


The risk of pseudophakic cystoid macular edema in
patients with previous surgery for vitreo-retinal interface
disorders: A retrospective study. Background and Rationale

Mark Bamberger Michael Politis, Rachel Smith, Raheem Remtulla, Michael Kapusta


In-vivo post-operative anatomical localization of the iStent and iStent inject trabecular micro-bypass glaucoma shunts using anterior segment swept-source optical coherence tomography

Thomas A. Berk, Hady Saheb


Isolated Congenital Bilateral Lacrimal Gland Agenesis: A Case-series and Literature Review

Modabber M, Ghazawi N, Darwich R, Russel L, Khan A


Detection of abnormal cortical morphology in children and adolescents with intermittent exotropia by anatomic magnetic resonance imaging

Xi Wang, Lu Lu, Shi Tang, Xiaohang Chen, Meng Liao, Qiyong, Gong, Xiaoqi Huang, and Longqian Liu


Risk Factors for Urgent Ophthalmologic Intervention in Orbital Fractures at a Level I Trauma Center

Nassrallah, Georges; Gaffar, Judy; Kondoff, Matthew; Ross, Michael; Deschênes, Jean


Medication-Induced Angle Closure: A Systematic Review of the Literature & Diagnostic Algorithm

Rosen, A. I., Smith, R., Amar, A., Cohen, S.


Are surface representations needed for object recognition?

Luiza Passos Volpi, Reza Farivar-Mohseni


Interventions to improve gender equity in eye care in low-middle income countries: A systematic review.

Mercer GD, Lyons P, Bassett K.


Assessment of WINROP algorithm as a screening tool for detection of retinopathy of prematurity in a diverse Canadian cohort.

Fatma Zaguia, Philippe Lamer, Jiaru Liu, Martine Claveau, Therese Perreault, Robert Koenekoop, Daniela C. Toffoli, Ayesha Khan


Steroid Treatment Masking the Diagnosis of IgG4-related Orbitopathy

Catherine Liu

12 Retinal Vein Occlusion(RVO)in Primary Angle Closure Suspects (PACS), Primary Angle Closure (PAC) and Primary Angle Closure Glaucoma (PACG) Patients: A Prospective Case-Control Study Cody Li, Ali Salimi,Harrish Nithianandan, Alaa Mofti, Jesia Hasan, John Galic, John Chen, Hady Saheb
13 A Monocentric, Randomized, Clinical Study, Evaluating The Efficacy of Lifitegrast 5% Added to CSA 0.05% on Dry Eye Disease Signs and Symptoms   Majd Mustafa, MD, Sarah Aumond, O.D., Claudine Courey, O.D., Johanna Choremis, MD, FRCSC

Accreditation Statement

The 42nd Annual McGill Ophthalmology Research Day is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1), as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and was approved by the Canadian Ophthalmological Society. Physicians may claim a maximum of 5.25 hours.