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2019-2020 Funded Projects

The VHRN is proud to present this year funded projects!

In 2019, the program generated great interest from our members, with 16 applications involving 58 teams in 18 provinces, states and countries including Ontario, Alberta, United States (Kansas, Minnesota, Maryland, North Carolina , Iowa), France, Spain, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, Qatar and Australia. The VHRN financed up to 6 research projects totaling $ 201,602 in grants.

Congratulations to all the recipients!


Corneal Neurotization: A systematic assessment of anatomical and functional outcomes (first application)
Isabelle BRUNETTE, Université de Montréal (Hôpital-Maisonneuve-Rosemont)
In association with: Gregory BORSCHEL, Asim ALI, Ezekiel WEIS, Ahmed AL-GHOUL, Annabelle REAUX-LE-GOAZIGO et Bouheraoua NACIM – University of Toronto, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto (ON), University of Calgary, Calgary, University of Alberta, Edmonton, (AB), CANADA, Centre de Recherche, Institut de la Vision, INSERM / CNRS / Sorbonne Université, CHNO des Quinze-Vingts, Paris, FRANCE

Optimizing vision restoration with neural networks and neural data (first application)
Christopher PACK, McGill University
In association with: Daniel BUTTS – University of Maryland, College Park (MD), USA

Impact of urban-related environmental factors on myopia and visual functions in school-age children (nouvelle demande)
Dave SAINT-AMOUR, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) -Université de Montréal (Centre du CHU-Sainte-Justine)
In association with: Payan DADVAND – Instituto de Salud Global de Barcelona (ISGlobal), Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelone, SPAIN

Vers une nouvelle generation de neuroprothèse corticale pour restaurer la vision (first application)
Matthieu VANNI, Université de Montréal (École d’optométrie)
In association with: Frédéric CHAVANE – Institut des Neuroscience de la Timone (INT), Marseille, FRANCE

The 2 following projects were partially funded by the Fondation Antoine-Turmel:

Visually Impaired Individuals: An international Collaboration (first application)
Aaron JOHNSON, Concordia University
In association with: William SEIPLE, Ronald SCHUCHARD et Donald FLETCHER – Arlene R. Gordon Research Institute, Lighthouse Guild, New York City (NY), Wichita State University, Wichita (KS) et University of Kansas, Kansas City (KS),  USA

Exploring employment, education and technology use outcomes for Canadians who are blind, deafblind, partially sighted or hearing impaired, using the Canadian Survey on Disability (first application)
Walter WITTICH, Université de Montréal (École d’optométrie)
In association with: Mahadeo SUKHAI – Queen’s University, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Kingston (ON), CANADA