Research Day programme


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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.

Accreditation Statement
The 44th 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 4.0 hours.
Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the learning activity.
Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at

Pre-Registration is required to participate in the 2021 McGill Ophthalmology Research Day.
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Friday, October 22, 2021

8:30 a.m. Introduction - McGill University, Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Leonard Levin MD, PhD, FRCSC

8:35 a.m. Introduction - McGill Day 2020 Planning Committee Co-Chairs

Alexander Baldwin, PhD

8:40 a.m. Session I. Moderator: Sebastien Proulx

Each presentation is 12-minutes + 3-minute Q&A.

1. Histopathlogical and Immunohistochemical Study of Metastatic Orbital Tumors - Hiroaki Ito, Sabrina Bergeron, Jacqueline Coblentz, Alicia Goyeneche, Miguel N. Burnier

2. Computational Modelling of Myelin Oligodendrocyte Glycoprotein to Identify the Neuroprotective Mechanism of Action of Phosphine-Borane Compounds I Ocular Disease – Raheem Remtulla

3. Differing Eccentricity Dependence for Linear and Y-like Nonlinear Mechanisms – Ana Ramirez Hernandez, Curtis Baker, Ari Rosenberg

4. Ophthalmic Anomalies of Meningitis Within the Pediatric Population – Jia Yue You, Dr. Daniela Toffoil, Milad Modabber, Massimo Di lorio

9:45 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m. Session II. Moderator: Angela Zhang

Each presentation is 12-minutes + 3-minute Q&A

5. Retinal Vein Occlusion in Patients with Primary Angle Closure Suspects, Primary Angle Closure and Primary Angle Closure Glaucoma: A Prospective Case-Control Study – Harrison Watt, Ali Salimi, Cody Li, John Galic, John Chen, Jesia Hasan, Hady Saheb

6. Receptive Field Estimation of Primary Visual Cortex (V1) Neurons: A System Identficiation Approach Incorporating Cortical State – Jinani Sooriyaarachchi

7. Concentration-Dependent Structural Effects of Pilocarpie on the Anterior Segment of the Eye – Sheetal Pundir

8. Ocular Adverse Effects of Emiodarone: A Systematic Review of Case Reports – Mona Alshehri


11:00 a.m. The Art of Explaining Science to Non-Specialists

Dr. Diane Dechief, PhD, Science Communication Specialist and Faculty Lecturer, McGill University

11:30 a.m. Publishing Research with McGill University Health Centre

Fabienne Landry, Communications Coordinator – Research

11:35 a.m. Q&A with Dr. Diane Dechief and MUHC

Moderator: Ana Ramirez Hernandez

11:45 – 12:15 p.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. Session III. Moderator: Eric Mokri

Each presentation is 7-minutes + 3-minute Q&A.

9. Canadians’ Attitudes Toward Corneal Donation: Informational-Motivational Videos Increase Willingness Toward Corneal Donation – Ali Salimi, Harrison Watt, Hassan Elhawary, Mahshad Darvish-Zargar, Mona Harissi-Dagher

10. Glass versus Plastic: The Effect of the Synthetic Material in Contact with DMEK Tissue on Endothelial Cell Count - Abdullah Al Kaabi

11. 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 – Maya Alik

12. New Ophthalmic Changes in Patients with Alagille Syndrome - Jia Yue You, Robert K. Koenekoop, Da Palma, Igelman, Ku, Burr, You, Place, Wang, Oh, Branham, Zhang, Ahn, Gorin, Lam, Ronquillo, Bernstein, Nagiel, Huckfeldt, Cabrera, Kelly, Bakall, Iannaccone, Hufnagel, Zein, Koenekoop, Birch, Yang, Fahim, Pennesi

13. Ocular Findings in Patients Undergoing Cancer Treatment – Jacqueline Coblentz

14. The 100 Most Cited Ophthalmology Papers on Shaken Baby Syndrome - Anne Xuan Lan Nguyen, Fangfang Sun, Nicole Fallaha, Patrick Hamel, Rosanne Superstein

1:15 p.m. Closing Remarks/Voting


Keynote Biography


Diane Dechief (pronounced deCHEF)

Diane Dechief (pronounced deCHEF) joined the Faculty of Science’s Office of Science Education in the summer of 2021 after designing and teaching writing courses at the McGill Writing Centre for the past six years. Since 2017, she has focussed on teaching and research in science communication.

Diane’s doctorate is in information studies from the University of Toronto and her masters is in communication studies from Concordia University. As a graduate student, Diane focussed on equity and inclusion challenges faced by people who have immigrated to Canada, including name discrimination. Diane carries these concerns forward as she works to create inclusive learning environments for McGill students.




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