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Preliminary scientific program

Note: All presentations will be given in English

Monday, July 25, 2022


15:45-16h00                Boarding (Symphony Bus International)

Metro station Berri-UQAM (corner Berri & de Maisonneuve), Montréal, QC

IRCM group/Summer School, contact: to come

16:00                           Departure from Montréal to Le Baluchon (duration: 2h00)

17:00-18:30                 Arrival at venue and check-in

Le Baluchon Éco-Villégiature, 3550, Chemin des Trembles, St-Paulin, QC, J0K 3G0

18:30-19:30                 Reception and welcoming remarks by VHRN Director

Michel Cayouette, PhD (Professor, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM)/University of Montreal, Canada)


19:30                             Welcome dinner


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Tuesday, July 26 , 2022


7:00-8:30                      Breakfast


8:30-8:45                      Opening remarks

Adriana Di Polo, PhD (Professor, University of Montreal, Canada) &

Stuart Trenholm, PhD (Assistant Professor, McGill University, Canada)

8:45-9:45                     May Griffith PhD (Professor, Dept. Ophthalmology, University of Montreal, Canada)

“Restoring function to the human cornea: bench to bedside and back” (40 min + 20 min Q&A) 

9:45-10:45                   Adriana Di Polo, PhD (Professor, Dept. Neuroscience, University of Montreal, Canada)

« The neurovascular unit: a new therapeutic target for glaucoma” (40 min + 20 min Q&A) 

10:45-11:15                  Coffee Break

11:15-12:15                  Michel Cayouette, PhD (Professor, IRCM/University of Montreal, Canada)

“Regenerating the retina via cell reprogramming” (40 min + 20 min Q&A) 


12:15-14:00                  Lunch


14:00-15:00                 Darlene Dartt, PhD (Professor, Harvard University, United States)

“Ocular surface nerves: structure, function, and protection of Vision”  (40 min + 20 min Q&A) 

15:00-15:10                  Isabelle Hardy, MD, FRCSC (Director & Professor, Dept Ophthalmology, University of Montreal, Canada)

“Dr Suzanne Véronneau-Troutman, a pioneer in many ways” (5 min + 5 min Q&A) 

15:10-15:30                 Coffee break/Poster viewing

15:30-17:30                Free time (outdoor activities or other)

17:30-18:30                 Krystel Huxlin, PhD (Professor, Dept. Ophthalmology, University of Rochester Medical Center, USA)

“A vision for the future: How to recruit neural plasticity for sight restoration after stroke” (40 min + 20 min Q&A) 

18:30-19:30                 Poster session


19:30                            Dinner BBQ


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Wednesday, July 27, 2022


7:00-8:30                      Breakfast


8:30-9:30                      Arjun Krishnaswamy, PhD (Assistant Professor, Dept. Physiology, McGill University, Canada)

“The assembly and function of motion-selective retinal circuits” (40 min + 20 min Q&A)  

9:30-10:30                    Stuart Trenholm, PhD (Assistant Professor, Dept. Neurology & Neurosurgery, McGill U., Canada)

“Effects of vision loss on the brain’s internal compass” (40 min + 20 min Q&A) 

10:30-11:00                  Coffee break/Poster viewing

11:00-12:00                  Flash talks by students (selected from abstracts, 6 x 5 min talks +  5 min Q&A/talk)


12:00-14:00                 Lunch


14:00-15:00                Botond Roska, MD, PhD (Director, Institute for Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology, Basel, Switzerland)

“Optogenetic retinal therapy and cell type specific therapies” (40 min + 20 min Q&A) 

15:00-15:30                 Class photoshoot

15:30-15:45                 Coffee Break

15:45-17:30                 Free time (activités plein air ou autre)

17:30-18:30                Maureen Neitz, PhD (Professor, Dept. Ophthalmology, University of Washington, United States)

“A solution to the worldwide myopia epidemic: A tale of translation from bench to clinic” (40 min + 20 min Q&A) 

18:30-19:30                Poster session 


19:30                           Gala Dinner


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Thursday, July 28, 2022


7:30-8:45                    Breakfast


8:45-9:45                    Walter Wittich, PhD, FAAO, CLVT (Associate Professor, School of Optometry, University of Montreal, Canada)

“An overview of vision rehabilitation: what we can do now while we wait for the ‘cure’?” (40 min + 20 min Q&A) 

9:45-10:45                  Rob Koenekoop, MD, PhD (Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology, McGill University, Canada)

“How to discover a new retinal gene for retinal degeneration, build a human data base and perform a human therapeutic trial for blindness” (40 min + 20 min Q&A) 

10:45-11:00                Coffee break

11:00-12:00                Flash talks by students (selected from abstracts, 6 x 5 min talks +  5 min Q&A/talk)

12:00-12:15                Closing comments and wrap-up


12:30-14:00                Lunch


14:00-14:15                 Boarding (Symphony Bus International) at Le Baluchon

IRCM group/ Summer School, contact: to come

14:15                            Departure from Le Baluchon to Montreal (duration: 2h00)

16:30                            Arrival at Montréal – Metro station Berri-UQAM (corner Berri & de Maisonneuve)