Research Day programme

McGill Ophthalmology Research Day

June 8, 2018

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  
                                      Leonard Levin MD, PhD, FRCSC

9:05 a.m.                     Introduction - McGill Day 2018 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                                   

  • Suppression of blur in dichoptically-presented images (Alex S. Baldwin, Robert F. Hess)
  • Novel anti-interleukin-1b rescues retinal integrity: an investigation via OCT imaging and automated segmentation. (Tianwei (Ellen) Zhou, Diane N. Sayah, Javier Mazzaferri, Santiago Costantino, Sylvain Chemtob)
  • Re-Evaluating Dorsal and Ventral Contributions to Motion Processing Using fMRI-Guided Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (Daniel Cohen, Kathy T. Mullen)
  • Solving the Princess and the Pea Problem of Translational Failure: A Monte Carlo Simulation (Andres G. Griborio-Guzman, Feyza Cukurova, Leonard A. Levin)
  • Prophylaxis against intraocular pressure spikes following uncomplicated phacoemulsification: a meta-analysis (Raageen Kanjee, Marko Popovic, Hady Saheb)
  • Impact of gaze and electrode position on ERG morphology (Mercedes Gauthier, Mathieu Gauvin, Maja Sustar, Marko Hawlina, Jean-Marc Lina, Pierre Lachapelle)


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

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

  • Targeted gene therapy of corneal endothelium using antibody tagged gold nanoparticles and femtosecond-laser assisted optoporation (Darwich, Rami; De Alwis, Hasitha; Patskovsky, Sergiy; Piche, Marilyse; Casey, Joseph R.; Wilson, Ariel; Costantino, Santiago; Sapieha, Przemyslaw Mike; Meunier, Michel; Brunette, Isabelle)
  • Absence of Lactate-Receptor G Protein-Coupled Receptor 81 (GPR81) in Mice Leads to Choroidal Degeneration Followed by Aberrant Neovascularization (Xiaojuan Yang, Raphael Rouget, Tang Zhu, Christiane Quiniou, Francois Duhamel, Houda Tahiri, Xin Hou, José Carlose Rivera, Pierre Lachapelle, Sylvain Chemtob)
  • The role of VEGF Expression in Superior Limbic Keratoconjunctivitis (Bergeron Sabrina, Debra-Meghan Sanft, Pablo Zoroquiain, Devinder Cheema, Miguel N. Burnier)
  • Can we integrate contours defined by contrast-modulated second-order texture? (Madeleine Kenwood, Dr. Robert Hess and Alex Bladwin)
  • Evidence Suggesting a Familial Trait in some Features of the Retinal Blood Vessel Arborization (Anne Bouthillier, Louis-Félix Berthiaume, Sarina Lalla, Olivier Bédard, Mathieu Gauvin, John M. Little, Pierre Lachapelle)

12:45 -1:15 p.m.          1st Poster Viewing (Atrium)

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.          Lunch (Atrium)

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

  • Assessing the visual function in a blink: clinical measurement of the photomyoclonic artifact (Anthony Fanous, Allison Dorfman, Mathieu Gauvin and Pierre Lachapelle)
  • Real-world outcomes of Aflibercept treatment for chronic diabetic macular edema in Bevacizumab non-responders in a Canadian setting (Ali Salimi, Milad Modabber, Natalia Vila, Michael A. Kapusta MD, FRCSC)    
  • Individual Differences and Interocular Inhibition in Binocular Vision (Philip Cooper, Janine D. Mendola) 

2:45 – 4:00 p.m.          Getting a research project done: from start to finish                             

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.         Questions and discussion

4:00 – 4:30                  2nd poster viewing (Atrium) and tallying of votes

4:30 p.m.                      Closing Remarks, Adjourn

Poster Presentations

Poster #




Do Eyes With Esotropia Have a High Prevalence of Narrow Angles

Ahmad Alali, MD,FRCS(C) Rossane Superstein, MD, FRCS(C) Oscar Kasner, MD, FRCS(C)


An innovative and interactive online learning platform to enhance medical student comprehension in Ophthalmology

Andre Ali-Ridha, Gerardo Discepola , Soumaya Bouhout, Ali Salimi, Marino Discepola.


Neuroplasticity induced by short-term monocular deprivation recovers without visual input

Seung Hyun Min, Alex S Baldwin, Robert F Hess


Restrictive Strabismus Secondary to Glaucoma Drainage Device: Clinical Observations and Surgical Management

 Modabber, Milad


Comparison of Neural Network, Logistic Regression, and Support Vector Machines Statistical Prediction Models for Giant Cell Arteritis

 Dr Edsel Ing (Principal Investigator) 

Dr Mark Gans (Site Investigator)

Dr Alla Muladzanov (resident)

Michael Bernier (medical student) 


A complete, homozygous CRX deletion causing nullizygosity is a new genetic mechanism for Leber congenital amaurosis


M. T. Ibrahim1, T. Alarcon-Martinez1, I. Lopez1, N. Fajardo1, J. Chiang2 & R. K. Koenekoop1


Prospective Evaluation of the Evolution of Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PEEPVD)

 Nassrallah, Georges, Kondoff, Matthew, Ross, Michael, Galic, John


Inter-ocularly balanced monocular deprivation: A new experience-driven plasticity protocol affecting binocular vision

Marielle Montenegro, Sebastien Proulx, Reza Farivar


Virtual Temporal Artery Biopsy Trial: Detecting Giant Cell Arteritis by Optical Coherence Tomography and Histopathological Examination of the Superficial Temporal Artery (V-TAB Trial)

 Rosen, Aaron,  Rosen, Aaron, Bergeron, Sabrina, Burnier Jr., Miguel N.


A Novel Application of the Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography for Imaging of Periocular Tumors: An Update


 Debra-MeghanSanft, Sabrina Bergeron, Denise Miyamoto, Pablo Zoroquiain, Bryan Arthurs, Christina Mastromonaco, Andre Romano, Miguel N. BurnierJr.


Does treating Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) with Ventriculo-Peritoneal (VP) shunt cause lamina cribrosa (LC) morphology change?

 Shalabi, Nabeel


Surgical Rescue Techniques Promoting Sutureless Closure of 23-Gauge Sclerotomies

 Vincent Sun, Errol Chan, Mohab Eldeeb, John Chen


Blur representation in amblyopia

 Yang, Charlene


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

 Zaguia, Fatma

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 6.25 hours (credits are automatically calculated).