2021 Award Winners

2021 Award Recipients

  • Charles Brandon Trelford – BEST GLAUCOMA PAPER AWARD FOR STUDENT
  • Diane Noël Sayah – BEST GLAUCOMA PAPER AWARD FOR GRADUATE STUDENT
  • Dr. Avner Belkin – BEST GLAUCOMA PAPER AWARD FOR OPHTHALMOLOGIST-IN-TRAINING
  • Adam Muzychuk, MD, BSC FRCSC – BEST GLAUCOMA PAPER AWARD FOR STAFF
  • Richard Zhang, BMSc – THE STEPHEN DRANCE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN GLAUCOMA RESEARCH

 

Awards Committee Annual Summary 2021

The judges for the Best Glaucoma Paper awards were Drs. Raageen Kanjee, Katie Birt, Sylvia Chen, Paul Mackenzie and Susan Wakil.

Student / Undergrad or Medical degree:

There was (1) submission.

The winner is Charles Brandon Trelford for the study: The Pro-Fibrotic Behavior of Human Tenon’s Capsule Fibroblasts in Medically Treated Glaucoma Patients, published in Clinical Ophthalmology in 2020.

The supervisor was Dr. Cindy Hutnik

Graduate Student / Masters or PhD:

There was (1) submission.

The winner is Diane Sayah, a PhD student for the study: The Association Between Ocular Rigidity and Neuroretinal Damage in Glaucoma, published in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science in Nov. 2020.

Dr. Mark Lesk was the supervisor for the study.

Ophthalmologist in Training / Resident or Fellow:

There were (3) submissions.

The winner is Avner Belkin for the study: Postural Changes and the Trans-Llamina Cribrosa Pressure Difference A Pilot Study in Neurosurgical Patients without Glaucoma.

He was a glaucoma fellow when working on the study, published in Ophthalmology Glaucoma in July 2020. Drs. Trope and Buys were the supervisors of the study.

Staff Member / Ophthalmologist or PhD Scientist:

There was (1) submission.

The winner is Adam Muzychuk, staff ophthalmologist from Calgary for the study: Management of Ocular surface Disease in glaucoma: A Survey of Canadian Glaucoma Specialists, published in Journal of Glaucoma in Dec. 2020.

The Stephen Drance Award for Excellence in Glaucoma Research:

The judges for The Stephen Drance Award were Drs. Cindy Hutnik, Ali Hafez, Eddie Moss, Caroline Lajoie, and Jonathan Wong.

There were (15) trainees who presented their research at the virtual COS in June 2021. The winner is Richard Zhang who was supervised by Dr. Cindy Hutnik for the following presentation: Development of a thermosensitive hydrogel for sustained drug release and in situ bleb support.

Other authors: James J. Armstrong, Cindy Hutnik.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Oscar Kasner, MD

Chairman, Awards Committee