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2022-2022 Vision Network Publication Award Laureates

August 1st  2022

Alexandre Lachance

Alexandre LACHANCE  
MD-MSc student, Université Laval
Supervisor : Dr. Ali Dirani

Publication: Lachance A, Godbout M, Antaki F, Hébert M, Bourgault S, Caissie M, Tourville É, Durand A, Dirani A. Predicting Visual Improvement After Macular Hole Surgery: A Combined Model Using Deep Learning and Clinical Features. Translational Vision Science & Technology, 11 (4), April 2022

Alexandre Lachance is completing both his medical studies (MD) and his master’s degree (MSc) at Laval University. He completed two years at the PharmD at Laval University in which he carried out research in neuroscience related to schizophrenia before being accepted into the MD-MSc program at University Laval. He is participating in many clinical research projects in the surgical retina field, specifically focusing on artificial intelligence, macular holes, and retinal dystrophies. Under the supervision of Dr. Ali Dirani at the University Center of Ophthalmology (CUO) of the University Hospital Center (CHU) of Quebec, his research aims mainly to improve the management of patients with macular hole by attempting to predict visual gain postoperatively of these patients, with the help of innovative methods such as artificial intelligence. Throughout his university education, he developed a solid research experience, cumulating 7 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 24 presentations at regional, national, and international congresses, and he received a total of 9 distinctions and research grants, in particular the prestigious research scholarship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). He was also one of seven expert panellists at the 2022 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in the segment on vitreoretinal surgery.


February 1st 2023  – to come