Faculty Members

Dr. Ian M MacDonald

Department of Medical Genetics
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About Me

Ian M. MacDonald MSc, MD CM is a Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Alberta and past Chair of the Department for 20 years. Prior to becoming Chair in Edmonton, in 1992, he was a Career Scientist of the Ontario Ministry of Health at the University of Ottawa. From 2007-2008, he served a two year term as Branch Chief of Ophthalmic Genetics at the National Eye Institute of the NIH. Dr. MacDonald completed residency training in Family Medicine at McGill University, Montreal, Ophthalmology residency training at the University of Ottawa and Clinical Genetics fellowship training at the University of Ottawa, Queen's University, Kingston and the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. He is an Editor Emeritus of the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology and currently serves on the Editorial Board of Survey of Ophthalmology and the American Journal of Ophthalmology for Genetics.

Dr. MacDonald's areas of interest are inherited ocular disorders, in particular, maculopathies and choroideremia. In 2009, in recognition of his work in Canada to foster the development of academic Ophthalmology, he was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.


My laboratory is devoted to translational research on heritable ocular disorders. As part of pre-clinical research studies, we are focused on the characterization of the genetic basis of retinal disorders through molecular genetic techniques. Further, the laboratory is engaged in pre-clinical and clinical studies of ocular gene therapy.

Research Keywords

choroideremia, Goldmann visual field, Natural history, Ocular genetics, perimetry, retinitis pigmentosa, VEP