Research in the Clinical Vision Science Program

Research is an essential tool in the processes of:

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of current treatment regimens
  • Developing new treatment regimens
  • Generating new knowledge on both normal and pathological functioning of the vision system

The Clinical Vision Science program recognizes the importance of research to the profession and includes training in research methods for all students (VISC 5031.03). Clinical Vision Science students who opt to pursue the M.Sc. program stream will have the benefit of interactions with, and training from, experienced faculty members, many of whom they will see on a daily basis.

Interdisciplinary Model

The Program is strongly in favour of the interdisciplinary model of modern research and is very cognizant of the important, central role vision plays in linking several areas of research endeavor - from basic science to clinical investigation, from cell biology, genetics, amblyopia, ocular motility, and electrophysiology to behaviour and psychology - with many possibilities in between. This is readily evident in the varied backgrounds of the program faculty, but the program is also continually seeking out collaborations with investigators from a broad range of fields and institutions.

Some colleagues involved in the supervision of M.Sc. thesis students (past and present) include:

Dr. David Westwood

Dalhousie University School of Health and Human Performance
Drs. Paul Artes & Lesya Shuba    Dalhousie University Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Drs. Kevin Duffy, Patricia McMullen & Donald Mitchell Dalhousie University Department of Psychology
Dr. William Baldridge Dalhousie University Departments of Anatomy & Neurobiology and Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Dr. Charles Maxner Dalhousie University Department of Neurology
Dr. Mary Lou McGreggor Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
Dr. David Hunter Children's Hospital Boston, Department of Ophthalmology
Dr. Arif Khan King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital Riyadh, Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology
Dr. Ahmed Alsaleh   King Saud University Riyadh, Department of Ophthalmology