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Winning Research Topics
2010 Research Day Winners

  1. Best Poster Award:

Rachel Leeder (Supervisors: Dr. Derek Van Der Kooy, Dept. of Molecular Genetics)

'Constitutive notch signaling promotes stem cell properties inpostnatal retinal progenitors and induces symmetrical divisions in adult retinal stem cells'


  1. Alumni Award for Best Resident Annual Research Day Paper:

Stephen J. Dorrepaal (Supervisors: Dr. Sam Markowitz)

'Chromatic potential visual acuity in patients with age-related macular degeneration'

  1. John Gaby Prize for Best Fellow Annual Research Day Paper:

Darana Yuen (Supervisors: Drs. Graham Trope and Yvonne Buys)

'Corticosteroids versus NSAIDs on intraocular pressure and the hypertensive phase following Ahmed glaucoma valve surgery'


  1. Best Student Annual Research Day Paper:

Kay Lam (Supervisor: Dr. Agnes Wong)

'Defining the critical period for eye alignment development in infant primates: Effects of binocular decorrelation'

  1. Best VSRP Student Annual Research Day Paper:

Loksum Wong (Supervisor: Dr. Vincent Tropepe, Dept. of Cell and Systems Biology)

'Dmbx1 genes in zebrafish regulate cell cycle exit and differentiation of progenitor cells during retinal neurogenesis'

2009 Research Day Winners

  1. Best Poster Award:

Loksum Wong (Supervisors: Dr. Vincent Tropepe)

'The role of dmbx1 genes in zebrafish retinal development'

  1. Alumni Award for Best Resident Annual Research Day Paper:

Matthew Bujak (Supervisors: Dr. Edward Margolin)

'Monovision for diplopia study'


  1. John Gaby Prize for Best Fellow Annual Research Day Paper:

Fil Cortese (Supervisors: Dr. Agnes Wong)

'Neural correlates of pattern perception in human amblyopia: An MEG study'

  1. Best Student Annual Research Day Paper:

Ekta Lakhani (Supervisor: Dr. Carol Westall)

'Poor glycemic control predicts increseard neuron-retinal dysfunction in adolescents with Type 1 diabetes'

  1. Best VSRP Student Annual Research Day Paper:

Kim Le (Supervisor: Dr. Agnes Wong)

'Defining the critical period for smooth pursuit development in infant primates: Effects of binocular decorrelation'

2008 Research Day Winners

  1. Best Poster Award:

Michael Smith (Supervisors: Drs. Mary Chipman, Graham Trope, Yvonne Buys)

'Correlation between the Indian bleb appearance grading scale and intraocular pressure following phacotrabeculectomy'

  1. Alumni Award for Best Resident Annual Research Day Paper:

Jason Noble (Supervisors: Dr. Wai-Ching Lam)

'Evaluating the effectiveness of undergraduate of ophthalmology training in Canada'

  1. John Gaby Prize for Best Fellow Annual Research Day Paper:

Paul Tesha (Supervisors: TBA)

'Does speed of injection affect the incidence of nausea in patients undergoing fluorescein fundus angiography'

  1. Best Student Annual Research Day Paper:

Matthew Schlenker (Supervisor: Dr. Agnes Wong)

'The transitional vestibule-ocular reflex in patients with skew deviation'

  1. Best VSRP Student Annual Research Day Paper:

Marek Pacal (Supervisor: Drs. Rod Bremner, Derek Van Der Kooy)

'The role of Rb in differentiating retinal cells reveals clues to retinoblastoma initiation'

2007 Research Day Winners

  1. Best Poster Award:

Joe Mirabella (Supervisors: Carol Westall & Joanne Rovet)

'Contrast sensitivity deficits in offspring of women with thyroid disease in pregnancy'


  1. Alumni Award for Best Resident Annual Research Day Paper:

Efrem Mandelcorn (Supervisors: Colin McCartney & Mark Mandelcorn)

'A prospective unicentre randomized double-blind controlled clinical interventional trial comparing the efficacy of 2% Chloroprocaine/Bupivacaine 0.5% versus 2% Lidocaine/Bupivacaine 0.5% for retrobulbar anaesthesia in scleral buckling surgery'

  1. John Gaby Prize for Best Fellow Annual Research Day Paper:

Igor Kaiserman (Supervisors: Allan Slomovic and David Rootman)

'Fibrin glue for opposing wound edges in "Top Hat" Penetrating Keratoplasty: A laboratory study'

  1. Best Student Annual Research Day Paper:

Michael Richards (Supervisor: Agnes Wong)

'Early versus delayed correction of infantile strabismus in macaque monkeys: Effects on horizontal binocular connections in the striate cortex'

  1. Best VSRP Student Annual Research Day Paper:

Marek Pacal (Supervisor: Rod Bremner)

'What is the cell of origin of retinoblastoma?'

2006 Research Day Winners

  1. Best Poster Award:

Raquel Heskin (Supervisor: Dianne Broussard)

'Immediate adaptive rescaling in the responses of secondary vestibular neurons to horizontal rotation'

  1. Alumni Award for Best Resident Annual Research Day Paper:

Feisal Adatia (Supervisor: Alan Berger)

'Tired, using the wrong hand: Lessons learned from the EYESI virtual reality surgical simulator, a potential tool in resident and fellow surgical teaching'

  1. John Gaby Prize for Best Fellow Annual Research Day Paper:

David M Asad (Supervisor: Louis Giavendoni)

'Emerging trends in the microbiology of bacterial endophthalmitis'

  1. Best Student Annual Research Day Paper:

Michael Richards (Supervisor: Agnes Wong)

Duration of binocular decorrelation predicts the intensity of fusion maldevelopment (latent) nystagmus in strabismic macaque monkeys'

  1. Best VSRP Student Annual Research Day Paper:

Slobodan Beronja (Supervisor: Ulrich Tepass)

The FERM protein Yurt is a negative regulator of the crumbs complex in the control of photoreceptor cell apical membrane size'

2003 Research Day Winners

2005 Research Day Winners

  1. Best Poster Award:

Pieter Gouws (Supervisors: Graham Trope and Ross Ethier)

'A New Valved Seton for Glaucoma Surgery'

  1. Alumni Award for Best Resident Paper:

Rajeev Muni (Supervisor: Peter Kertes)

'Agreement among Canadian retina specialists in the determination of treatment eligibility for photodynamic therapy in age-related macular degeneration'

  1. John Gaby Prize for Best Fellow Paper:

Juan Lopez (Supervisor: Alex Levin)

'Central Corneal Thickness in Children with Glaucoma and related Disorders'

  1. Best Student Paper:

Maryam Fesharaki (Supervisors: Douglas Tweed and Agnes Wong)

'Mechanisms of 3-D ocular control as revealed in patients with brainstem and cerebellar lesions'

  1. Best VSRP Student Annual Research Day Paper:

Slobodan Beronja (Supervisor: Ulrich Tepass)

'Essential function of Drosophila Sec6 in apical exocytosis of epithelial photoreceptor cells'

2004 Research Day Winners

  1. Best Poster Award:

Ishtiaq Ahmed (Supervisors: Drs. Ike Ahmed and Christoph Kranemann)

'East Indians Have Thinner Corneas Too!'

  1. Alumni Award for Best Resident Annual Research Day Paper:

Marisa Sit (Supervisor: Dr. Shelley Boyd)

'Vitreous levels of erythropoietin in diabetic retinopathy'

  1. John Gaby Prize for Best Fellow Annual Research Day Paper:

Sohel Somani (Supervisor: Drs. Michael Brent and Sam Markowitz)

'Visual field expansion in patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa'

  1. Best Student Annual Research Day Paper:

Jacky Yeung (Supervisor: Drs.Yeni Yucel and Neeru Gupta)

'Focal and Surround Damage to Retinal Neurovascular Tissue After Laser Injury'

  1. Best VSRP Student Annual Research Day Paper:

Nima Noordeh (Supervisor: Dr. Elise Heon)

'Genetic analysis of BBS1 in a Canadian Population with Bardet-Biedl Syndrome'

2003 Research Day Winners

  1. Best Poster Award:

Adrian Fawcett (Supervisors: Drs. Bill Hutchinson and Andres Lozano)

'Neuronal Oculomotor Responses of Human Subthalamic Nucleus: A Case Study'

  1. Alumni Award for Best Resident Annual Research Day Paper:

Kylen McReelis (Supervisor: Dr. Agnes Wong)

'Saccades in Unilateral Peripheral and Central Sixth Nerve Palsy'

  1. John Gaby Prize for Best Fellow Annual Research Day Paper:

Colin Willoughby (Supervisor: Dr. Elise Heon)

'Defining The Role Of Mutations In Optineurin In Early Onset Open Angle Glaucoma'

  1. Best Student Annual Research Day Paper:

Tim Corson (Supervisor: Dr. Brenda Gallie)

'Identification and Characterization of Potential Oncogenes Located in Genomic Regions of Gain in Retinoblastoma'

  1. Best VSRP Student Annual Research Day Paper:

Ted Erclik (Supervisor: Dr. Rod McInnes)

'Analysis Of Two Drosophila Homologs Of Chx10, A Homeobox Gene Essential For Mammalian Eye Development'