We Support New Ideas

Our mission:
to fund new ideas at their inception

The Society’s independently judged, peer-reviewed research grants are highly valued by researchers and considered important and prestigious within the scientific community.

The Society has funded research projects by most of Canada’s top glaucoma researchers – doctors and scientists interested in finding new treatments and in preventing blindness from glaucoma. These highly respected researchers are recognized across Canada and internationally.

Their research includes:

  • seeking to protect good nerve cells in the eye and repair damaged ones
  • searching for genes related to glaucoma
  • improving blood flow to the eye, and
  • making glaucoma surgery easier for the patient.

80% of funds raised go directly to researchers

Sound governance, a volunteer board, and low administration costs ensure that more than 80% of funds raised by the Society go directly to Canadian researchers.

The Glaucoma Research Society of Canada is the only Canadian non-profit organization solely dedicated to funding glaucoma research. Since 1989, it has raised more than two million dollars in support of 150 research projects. The Society funds 10 to 15% of all independent glaucoma research in Canada.


2013 Research Grants

Researchers received $75,000 in grants for the following projects:

  • Studying the influence of retinal astrocytes on retinal ganglion cell survival – Dr. Jeremy Sivak, Dr. Izhar Livne-Bar, Toronto Western Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario
  • Examining the role of PEA15 in glial cell activation – Dr. John G. Flanagan, Dr. Jeremy Sivak, Toronto Western Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario
  • Studying self-induced motion in people with glaucoma – Dr. Martin Steinbach, Toronto Western Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario
  • Determining whether a communication exists between the cerebrospinal fluid and the eye – Dr. Yeni Yücel, Dr. Neeru Gupta, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario
  • Determining the biomechanic response of optic nerve head glial cells to combined stretch and compression – Kenneth Olsen, PhD Candidate, Dr. John G. Flanagan, Toronto Western Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario
at work in the lab Dr. Alexander Ball’s 2009 Lab Group

Your donations have funded numerous scientists who have gained international respect and reputations in advancing research into glaucoma.

The next decade should see some important breakthroughs including methods to maintain and possibly even repair damaged optic nerves in glaucoma.

Your support is essential to continue this valuable and much needed research.


Research Grant Applications

Researchers into glaucoma from across Canada apply annually for funding. Independent peers review the applications under the guidance of the Scientific Advisory Committee of renowned ophthalmologists and scientists from across the country. The Committee makes funding recommendations to the Society's Board of Directors.

Applying for a Grant