The VHRN common infrastructures
The goal of the common infrastructures program is to provide for the Network researchers resources and tools available to all that they could not have afforded otherwise, to promote vision research in Quebec.
The Common infrastructures supported by the VHRN became essential to the functioning of several VHRN laboratories. Their impact is undeniable in terms of scientific articles in journals with peer review, summaries of presentations at provincial, national and international conferences and grants. The research results based on the use of these banks also allowed many times to strategically influence the transfer of knowledge and the implementation of new practices. The data bank of Visual Impairment & Rehabilitation enabled to influence the distribution of low vision care policy in Quebec. The common infrastructure program is by far considered the most useful and efficient program. The VHRN is making sure that it continues to be so.
In the case of a register or a genetic, tissue or clinical data-bank, endorsement by the ethics committee of the institution responsible for the bank or the register is a mandatory prerequisite. It is essential to any access and/or any use of this data bank or registrer.