2019 Award Winners
The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is thrilled to announce the following winners of our awards this year.
ALBERTA ODD FELLOW REBEKAH VISION SCIENCE GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD
which is based on research ability and contribution to basic and/or clinical vision research related to treatment or prevention of age-related vision loss.
Dr. Matthew Benson
For his research in characterizing the effect of a PEX6 mutation on Peroxisome structure and function in a patient with peroxisomal biogenesis disorder
EDWIN ISAAC CLARKE SCHOLARSHIP
which is focused on studying and conducting research in the field of Ophthalmology and Cancer
Dr. Fay Zhai
For her research in the quantification of changes in the retinal pigment epithelium in patients with Choroideremia
Dr. Kelsey Roelofs
For her many contributions to the advancement of research in ocular oncology including the potential use of gene expression profiling in the management of high risk uveal melanoma
THE HELEN COLBURN SCHOLARSHIP
This award is based on research into the underlying cause(s) and/or method(s) of cure for eye disease.
Dr. Michele DuVal
For her research on gene regulation of neural fate in the development and regeneration of color vision
PATRICIA ANN PEATSUMMER STUDENT AWARD
For his project to compare the use of various hand-held cameras to capture images of the back of the eye
REG MARTINIUK RESEARCH DAY AWARD
For best presentation
Clinical: Dr. Simrenjeet Sandhu for presentation entitled "Compressed 3D and 2D digital images versus standard 3D slide film for the evaluation of glaucomatous optic nerve features"
Basic Science: Nicole Noel for presentation entitled "Modeling RP1L1-Associated Photoreceptor Disease in Zebrafish"
THE MARK MARSHALL DEPARTMENT OF OPHTHALMOLOGY AND VISUAL SCIENCES TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH AWARD
which is focused on cross-disciplinary vision science that will advance the understand and treatment of ocular disease
For his research in the investigation of the molecular mechanisms involved in the immune response to gene therapy vectors in human RPE cells in culture
For her research in the investigation of the retinal roles of UNC119 in an animal model and how mutations in this gene lead to disease progression in humans
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE RECIPIENTS!!