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Vision

The Ottawa Hospital is conducting cutting-edge research to improve our understanding of vision disorders and develop better treatments. This page includes selected news stories about our vision research, links to researchers working in this area and related resources. Learn more below.

Research News


$2.4 M grant to help researchers develop gene and cell therapies for a leading cause of blindness
September 15, 2021 - A team led by Dr. Catherine Tsilfidis has received $2.4 M from the Ontario Research Fund to develop treatments for retinal diseases, a leading cause of blindness.
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and Faculty of Medicine support three translational research projects through Blueprint Excelerator
March 10, 2021 - The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and the Faculty of Medicine are providing up to $150,000 in in-kind support to help translate three laboratory research projects into clinical applications. The three projects will receive support from th
The Ottawa Hospital awarded six CIHR grants worth $2.6 million
September 7, 2020 - Could a common diabetes drug help prevent ovarian cancer? Can a tailored screening program help prevent eye disease in immigrants? Is sepsis different in females versus males, and if so, can this help us develop better treatments? These are just a fe
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Researchers


Name Scientific appointment Diseases, conditions and populations of interest Research and clinical approaches
Freeman, Ellen
PhD
Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Aging, Vision Epidemiology
Mattar, Pierre
PhD
Scientist
(Regenerative Medicine)
Ataxia, Autism, Glaucoma, Intellectual disabilities, Macular degeneration, Retinal disease, Vision Basic research, Bioinformatics, Cell therapy, Epigenetics, Gene expression, Genetics, Genomics, Model organisms, Molecular and cellular biology, Proteomics, Regenerative medicine, Stem cells, Systems biology, Transgenic/knockout models
Picketts, David
Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
(Regenerative Medicine)
Autism, Brain and neuromuscular disease, Intellectual disabilities, Multiple sclerosis, Stroke, Vision Basic research, Disease models, Epigenetics, Molecular and cellular biology, Regenerative medicine, Stem cells, Transgenic/knockout models
Thavorn, Kednapa
BPharm, MPharm, PhD
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Cancer, COVID-19, Diabetes, Gastrointestinal disease, Glaucoma, Global health, Health in disadvantaged peoples, Health in older peoples, HIV, Immigrant and refugee health, Population health, Septic shock, Stroke, Thrombosis / thromboembolism, Vision Clinical research, Cohort studies, Epidemiology, Health economics, Health research methods, Health services research, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Patient engagement, Pharmacy, Public health, Quality Improvement, Systematic reviews
Tsilfidis, Catherine
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Neuroscience)
Vision, Retinal disease, Glaucoma Molecular and cellular biology, Disease models