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26th Annual Meeting of the Vision Health Research Network (VSRN)

The 26th Annual Meeting held on November 1, 2023 at the CHUM’s Amphithéâtre Pierre-Péladeau in Montreal, was a great success thanks to the participation of over 220 students, post-doctoral fellows, researchers, physicians, specialists, and others. Over 110 presentations (oral and poster) took place throughout the day.

Many thanks for your participation!


PHOTOS: Click on this link to view some photos taken during the day

The Network was delighted to welcome Dr. Krzysztof (Kris) Palczewski, University of California, Irvine, CA, USA, who honored us with a talk on his latest research. His presentation was entitled « Eye on genome editing« . Dr. Palczewski is an eminent biochemist, pharmacologist, and molecular biologist, recognized in particular for his major multidisciplinary scientific contributions to the biology and chemistry of vertebrate vision, and to the therapy of retinal diseases.

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The Network took this opportunity to recognize the scientific careers and involvement of two VHRN researchers. The Network Director paid tribute to the Chairman of the Scientific Committee for the past 7 years, Dr. Patrick Rochette (Université Laval). Dr. Christian Casanova underlined the considerable contribution of Dr. Hélène Boisjoly as a « builder » of the Network since its very beginnings in 1995.


A section dedicated to the Network’s strategic partners generated a great deal of interest, stimulating interesting discussions with Network members.

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At the end of the day, the Network rewarded the best student oral and poster presentations, awarding a total of 16 prices for excellence.

List of winners

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The Network wants to know your opinion!  An evaluation form is available online here. We also welcome any comments you may have:


***please reply by November 20***


This activity has benefited from an unrestricted educational grant from the following companies:

  • SILVER category: Alcon, Bayer, Hoffman-La Roche, Sun Pharma
  • BRONZE category: Glaukos, Bausch + Lomb



A certificate of attendance will be issued to participants on request.

PHYSICIANS: We invite you to complete the evaluation form and add comments relevant to your practice – see the « Continuing Specialty Education » section of the form.

The Network would like to thank all the participants, volunteers, evaluators, moderators, presenters and organizers who helped make this day such a success!

For more information, please contact the network:



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