Text Size

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.

Glaucoma Research Society of Canada grants $251,419 for 13 Research Projects in 2021

  • Dept of Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
    Delisted routine eye exams and increased utilization of family physicians and ophthalmologists for glaucoma diagnosis in Ontario
    Dr. Yaping Jin & Dr. Yvonne Buys 
  • Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Halifax, NS
    Impact of Glaucoma Severity on Progression Rates of Peripapillary Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer, Neuroretinal Rim, and Macular Ganglion Cell Layer

    Dr. Yong Woo Kim, Dr. Balwantray Chauhan & Glen Sharpe 
  • The Institute for Better Health, Trillium Health Partner, Toronto, ON
    Glaucoma Medication Adherence and Persistence Rates in Ontario
    Dr. Matt Schlenker 
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
    Randomized Prospective Study of Superior v Temporal LPI in PACS Patients
    Dr. Catherine Birt & Dr. Natalie Brossard
  • Lawson Health Research Institute, Ivey Eye Institute, London, ON
    A co-screening strategy to determine the risk of glaucoma in patients undergoing sleep studies
    Dr. Cindy Hutnik, Dr. William Reisman, Richard Zhang & Steven Villani 
  • Lawson Health Research Institute, Ivey Eye Institute, London, ON
    Impact of Meditation on Reducing Stress in Glaucoma Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic: An Electronic Pilot Feasibility Study
    Dr. Monali Malvankar & Dr. Cindy Hutnik 
  • McMaster University, HamiltonON
    Virtual Reality Application for Patient Education and Adherence
    Dr. Enitan Sogbesan 
  • McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
    HUG-5 Responsiveness in Outpatient Clinics – A Feasibility Study
    Dr. Keean Nanji, Dr. Enitan Sogbesan, Dr. Kevin Kennedy, Dr. Brian Chan & Dr. Feng Xie
  • Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Halifax, NS
    Refinement of Eye Movement Perimetry
    Dr. Brennan Eadie & Dr. Jayme Vianna 
  • Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
    Does Glaucoma Have a Rhythm of Its Own?
    Dr. Neeru Gupta, Dr. Yeni Yucel 
  • Lawson Health Research Institute, Ivey Eye Institute, London, ON
    Development of an Aspirin-Loaded Injectable Thermosensitive Gel for the Modulation of Wound Healing After Glaucoma Surgery
    Dr. Cindy Hutnik, Dr. Patti Kiser, Dr. Cady Zeman-Pocrnich, Dr. James Armstrong, Anastasiya Vinokurtseva & Richard Zhang 
  • Maisonneuve Rosemont Hospital, University of Montreal, Montreal, QC
    Renewal: Optic Nerve Head Tissue Strain Maps: Cross-Sectional Study in Glaucoma Patients
    Dr. Mark Lesk, Dr. Santiago Costantino, Dr. Marisse Masis-Solano 
  • Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, ON
    Renewal: Perceptual Grouping During Binocular Rivalry in Patients with Mild Glaucoma
    Dr. Luminita Tarita-Nistor, Dr. Yvonne M Buys



Funds Raised Goes to Researchers Throughout Canada

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 five million dollars in support of 247 research projects. The Society funds 10 to 15% of all independent glaucoma research in Canada.

Sound governance, a volunteer board, and low administration costs ensure that as much funds raised by the Society go directly to Canadian researchers.

Registered charity information returns including detailed financial information are available online at the federal government’s Charities Directorate (part of the Canada Revenue Agency). The Society’s Charitable Donation Registration Number is 88917 8695 RR0001.