McGill Ophthalmology Symposium June 14-15, 2024




Join us for the newly designed McGill Ophthalmology Symposium June 14th & 15th.
St. James Club, Montreal, Quebec
8:00am - 4:45pm

Ophthalmologist (McGill or Non-McGill) - $300
Retired Ophthalmologist - $150
Residents or Medical Students - $0.00

ALL attendees must register by the registration deadline. Due to the new format, walk-up registrations will not be permitted. 

Registration deadline is Friday, May 31st. 

Reminder: Industry looking to participate must register by contacting mcgillday.ophthalmology [at]

File mcgill_ophthalmology_symposium_program_2024.docx

Program Subject to Change

Program Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify and discuss advances in neuro-ophthalmic conditions and the affects it has on clinical practices
  • Examine the transformation of eyecare through innovations and information technology
  • Understand new neuro-ophthalmology medical therapies
  • Describe how neuro-imaging fits in to the paradigm of managing neuro-ophthalmic conditions
  • Review and understanding of the basics of neuro-imaging
  • Identify the use of clinical information systems to improve neuro-ophthalmology care


Day 1 – Friday, June 14th

Moderators: Dr. Alex Baldwin & Dr. Leonard Levin

8:00am – 8:30 am Registration & Breakfast

8:30 am – 8:45 am Welcome Remarks

Dr. Guillermo Rocha, Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, McGill University

Dr. Alex Baldwin, Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, McGill University, Co-Chair, McGill Ophthalmology Symposium.

Neuro-Ophthalmology Bread and Butter

8:45 am – 9:15 am Headaches for Ophthalmologists

Professor Susan Mollan (20mins + 10min Q&A)

9:15 am – 10:00 am Amaurosis fugax – Dr. Katherine Boudreault (10mins + 5Q&A)

Approach to the Patient with Diplopia – Dr. Mark Gans (10mins + 5 Q&A)

Cranial Nerve Palsy – Do I Need to Image, and How? - Dr. Francine Wein

(10mins + 5 Q&A)

10:00 am – 10:45 am BREAK

10:45 am – 11:15 am Eye Movements During Goal-Directed Search: What Do They Tell Us and How We Can Use Them - Dr. Suresh Krishna (20mins + 10min Q&A)

11:15 am – 11:45am New developments in amblyopia(7mins + 2 min Q&A)

  1. Using artificial intelligence to predict visual acuity improvement in response to occlusion therapy in amblyopic eyes - Daniel Chow
  2. At-home training on an app to improve vision in adults with amblyopia - Nicole Dranitsaris
  3. Impacts of amblyopia on your patients that you may be missing - Xingqi (Raffles) Zhu

11:45am – 1:15 pm LUNCH

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm POSTER SESSION

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Computational Neuro-Ophthalmology(7mins + 2min Q&A)

  1. Papilledema and Pseudopapilledema Detection using Artificial Intelligence - Tracy Aoun
  2. Understanding Nonarteritic ischemic Neuropathy using Computer Simulation – Amrit Das
  3. Interaction of Neuroprotective Compounds with MOG and Anti-MOG Antibodies: Implications for Treatment of Anti-MOG Syndrome - Raheem Remtulla

2:30 pm – 2:40 pm Special Presentations

Endowed Philanthropic Gift to Support Ophthalmology Residents

Mrs. Corrine Propas-Parver

Dr. Frederick Kingdom Retirement

Dr. Guillermo Rocha

2:40 pm – 3:15 pm BREAK

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Visual Biomarkers in CNS Inflammatory SyndromesDr. Fiona Costello (20mins + 10min Q&A)

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm Mystery Cases in Neuro-Ophthalmology – Session 1

Mystery Case #1 - Harrison Watt (7mins + 2min Q&A)

Mystery Case #2 -Stuti Tanya, Dr. Levin (7mins + 2min Q&A)

Panel Discussion: Professor Susan Mollan, Dr. Fiona Costello, Dr. Mark Gans

Moderator: Dr. Leonard Levin

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm Daily Concluding

DAY 2 – Saturday, June 15th

Moderators: Dr. Hady Saheb & Dr. Leonard Levin

8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration &Light Breakfast

8:30 am – 8:45 am Opening Remarks

Dr. Guillermo Rocha, Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, McGill University

Dr. Hady Saheb, Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, McGill University, Co-Chair, McGill Ophthalmology Symposium

8:45 am – 9:30 am Dr. Sean Murphy Lecturer –A Modern Day Approach to Optic Neuritis

Dr. Fiona Costello (30minutes + 15 Q&A)

9:30 am – 10:45 am Neuro-Ophthalmology Favourites

Pearls in Neuro-Ophthalmology – Dr. Mathieu Millaire (10mins + 5 Q&A)

GCA – Dr. Kinda Najam (10mins + 5Q&A)

Lethal Nystagmus – Dr. Leonard Levin (10mins + 5 Q&A)

Functional Vision Loss – Dr. Daniela Toffoli (10mins + 5 Q&A)

“Glaucoma” in Neuro-Ophthalmology – Dr. Julie Falardeau

(10mins + 5Q&A)

10:45 am – 11:15 am BREAK

11:15 am – 11:45am Glaucoma: Neuro-Ophthalmology’s Little Brother(7mins + 2min Q&A)

  1. Towards Early Glaucoma Detection: Contrast Modulation Perimetry as a Selective Diagnostic Tool - Ana Ramirez
  2. Decade-Long Outcomes of Two First-Generation Trabecular Micro-Bypass Stents with Cataract Surgery in Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma - Ali Salimi
  3. Potential inequities in glaucoma research in Cochrane reviews and randomized clinical trials - Mostafa Bondok

11:45 am – 12:15 pm New Developments in Neuro-Ophthalmology(7 mins + 2 min Q&A)

  1. Paracentral Acute Middle Maculopathy in Migraines with Aura - Andrew Farah
  2. Optic Nerve Hypoplasia in Coffin-Siris Syndrome: A Case Series - Sid Rahman
  3. Behavioural and real-world impact of Visual Snow Syndrome - Ahmed Al-Qahtani

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm LUNCH

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Dr. Stephen Fichman Lecturer - Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension: New Developments You Need to Know About

Professor Susan Mollan (30minutes + 15 Q&A)

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Dr. Dario Lorenzetti Lecturer – Neuro-Ophthalmic Complications Related to Systemic Drugs: Update and Refresher

Dr. Julie Falardeau(30minutes + 15 Q&A)

3:00 pm – 3:10 pm Dr. Michael Flanders Retirement Presentation

Dr. Guillermo Rocha

3:10 pm – 4:00 pm Mystery Cases in Neuro-Ophthalmology – Session 2

Mystery Case #3 - Ali Salimi (7mins + 2min Q&A)

Mystery Case #4 - Raheem Remtulla (7mins + 2min Q&A)

Panel Discussion: Professor Susan Mollan, Dr. Fiona Costello, Dr. Julie Falardeau

Moderator: Dr. Leonard Levin

4:00 pm – 4:10 pm Concluding Remarks


  1. Binocular combination under asynchronous viewing conditions - Daniel Gurman
  2. Does human perception have access to purely monocular information? - Rinku Sarkar
  3. Reading efficiency in amblyopia - Dasha Vanichkina
  4. Cyanoacrylate Glue as a Novel Skin Substitute in Periocular Skin Excisions: Case Series and Literature Review - Mostafa Bondok
  5. Ranibizumab and aflibercept levels and its impact on vascular endothelial growth factor in human breast milk - MotazBamakrid
  6. Hypertensive uveitis secondary to hyaluronic acid injections: A Case - Peter Tai
  7. Efficacy and safety of nanomicellar cyclosporin 0.09% in patients with dry eye disease refractory to emulsion cyclosporin 0.05%: a prospective crossover study - Siddharth Nath
  8. The mechanisms of crossed and uncrossed disparities in coarse stereopsis - Penghan Wang
  9. Impaired perception of isoluminant red-green contrast modulation stimuli: Evidence for a magnocellular pathway mechanism - Ana Ramirez
  10. Testing the effect of luminance masking on visual cortex with fMRI studies - SujeeviniSujanthan
  11. Uncovering Visual Distortions in Amblyopia: A Comprehensive Approach - HaneiehMolaei
  12. Evaluating Quality of care and post-operative outcomes for Inuit patients in Nunavik - Sid Rahman
  13. Sensitivity to stimuli defined by luminance and isoluminantcolour contrast across the visual field – Savannah Dunberry
  14. Apoptosis-mediated RPE cell damage above drusen in enucleated and eviscerated eyes - Emma Youhnovska
  15. Analysis of Ocular Emergencies: Incidence and Clinical Patterns Over Four Years at Major Tertiary Centers in Montreal, Canada - Jonathan El-Khoury
  16. Levobupivacaine versus Bupivacaine in Peribulbar Block for Ophthalmic Surgeries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis - Marwa Al Ghafri
  17. Fine-Scaled Visual Cortex Intersubject Correlation and Functional Connectivity Patterns During Movie - Austin Cooper
  18. Increased intermodulation frequencies observed with MEG during perceptual ambiguity - Erik Mokri
  19. TMS-fMRI to assess dorsal-ventral connectivity in object recognition from SFM cues - William Nguyen

High-resolution diffusion MRI reveals divergence of cortico-cortical connections and enhanced connectivity of the central visual field – Ziqi Hao


 Dr. Stephen Fichman Lecturer

Professor Susan Mollan

Susan Mollan

Professor Susan Mollan has an established international reputation in Neuro-ophthalmology.  She is a Consultant Neuro-Ophthalmologist at University Hospitals Birmingham and a Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham, England. She is a board member at the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society and an international senior examiner for the UK Royal College of Ophthalmologists.  

She is a respected researcher and the director of Ophthalmology research at her institution. She is the chief data officer at INSIGHT. INSIGHT is a Health Data Research UK bioresource for eye health (28 million images and linked clinical data).  She actively works to provide pragmatic guidance for clinicians through national and international guidelines and publications both in Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension and Giant Cell Arteritis. She has been instrumental in key randomized control trials conducted in Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension.


Sean B. Murphy Lecturer

Dr. Fiona Costello

Dr. Fiona Costello


Dr. Fiona Costello is a Professor, affiliated with the Departments of Clinical Neurosciences and Surgery (Ophthalmology), University of Calgary, and a Clinician Scientist with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI). She completed her medical school (1995) and Neurology residency training (2000) at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and then embarked on a clinical fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa (2000 – 2002). Her fellowship training was supported by an E.A. Baker Scholarship she received from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. From 2002 to 2007 she worked as an Assistant Professor in Medicine (Neurology) and Ophthalmology, at the University of Ottawa. Since 2007, she has run a clinical practice in Calgary as a neuro-ophthalmologist, serving the needs of patients with disorders involving the visual pathways and the central nervous system. 

Dr. Costello’s area of research focuses on using the eye as a model for brain disorders including multiple sclerosis and tumors. In 2013, Dr. Costello was named Chair to the Roy and Joan Allen Investigatorship for Vision Research and is working to establish a translational vision research program at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. She served as Director, Office of Surgical Research with the Department of Surgery at the University of Calgary from 2013 to 2017. In 2023, she was appointed Associate Dean of Research (Chairs and Professorships), at the Cumming School of Medicine. Dr. Costello is currently an editorial board member with several academic journals including the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, the Journal of Neurology, the Multiple Sclerosis Journal, and Neurology. She has worked in several leadership roles with the Canadian Neurological Society, the Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation, the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society, the International Women in Multiple Sclerosis Network, and the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis. 


Dario Lorenzetti Lecturer


Dr. Julie Falardeau

Dr. Julie Falardeau

Dr. Falardeau received her Medical Degree from University of Montreal and completed her Ophthalmology Residency at the same institution. She subsequently did a fellowship in Neuro-ophthalmology at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. She returned to the University of Montreal for 2 years as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and then moved to Portland, Oregon in 2005. She is the Thelma and Gilbert Schnitzer Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology,and is the head of the Neuro-ophthalmology department at the Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health and Science University.

Dr. Falardeau was awarded by the American Board of Ophthalmology for her outstanding contributions to the Oral Board Examination, and is currently serving on the ABO Board of Directors. She is a board member of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society, and is actively involved in NANOS pipeline efforts. In April 2024, shecompleted her 2-year term as the Immediate Past President of the Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology, after serving the organization for 15 years.She was recently recognized by the Gender Equity in Academic Medicine Committee at Oregon Health and Science University as the recipient of the Outstanding Frontline Hero or Hidden Hero Award.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Falardeau has been actively involved in educational activities at the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She is the Neuro-Ophthalmology Subcommittee Chair for the AAO Annual Meeting Program Committee, and is a member of the AAO Subspeciality Day Advisory Committee.

She was section editor for various NANOS learning resources including the Illustrated Curriculum, Neuro-Ophthalmology Examination Techniques, and Essential Neuro-Ophthalmology Examination Techniques for Non-Neuro-Ophthalmologists.

Dr. Falardeau is dedicated to teaching and has received several Teaching Awards over the years.

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