Vision Science Graduate Student Conference 2024

Tuesday, April 23, 2024 (all day)

We are excited to announce that our annual Vision Science Graduate Student Conference will be held on Tuesday, April 23rd, this year!

Please register here.

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Our last research seminar of the series (The Larkworthy Lecture) is planned to wrap up the day's events and will be followed by a reception.

Larkworthy Lecture - Reconciliation: An Indigenous ontology of climate change

  • Presented by Dr. Deborah McGregor, PhD, Associate Professor Canada Research Chair Indigenous Environmental Justice Osgoode Hall Law School York University.
  • Location: Optometry room 347

We strongly encourage faculty and staff to attend as much of this conference as your schedule will allow. You will be updated on research within the School and it is an opportunity to support our graduate students by attending the graduate awards presentation.

Note: All graduate students are expected to attend this two-day event.


Tuesday April 23rd Presenter Abstract Title 
8:00 - 8:10 Morning Session Introduction and Housekeeping (Kristine Dalton)
8:10 - 8:30 Haile Fentahun Darge Development of 3D-printed eye model to simulate intraocular pressure for validating external IOP measurements
8:30 - 8:55 Alexandra Kamphuis Management of mild keratoconus: Referral for corneal cross-linking and soft toric contact lens
8:55 - 9:15 Mehdi Al Atrach Vitamin E diffusion-limited drug delivery contact lenses
9:15 - 9:40 Ziqing (Jennifer) Li Unilateral proptosis: A case of chronic swollen eyelid
9:40 - 10:00 Rishav Bhardwaj OW-SLR: Overlapping windows on semi-local region for image super-resolution 
10:00 - 10:20 Coffee break - Outside 347 / 301
10:20 - 10:45 Jenny Lee Reaching 20/20 with vision therapy: Vision therapy in managing moderate refractive amblyopia after patching
10:45 - 11:05 Lauren Hoare Eye-body coordination during walking in children with amblyopia
11:05 - 11:30 Filipa Leitao Fusion regained: Overcoming double vision with vision therapy for congenital superior oblique palsy 
11:30 - 11:40 Anne Marie Yeboah Investigation of physician management of persistent post-concussion visual symptoms
11:45 - 12:20 GRAD Student Awards + Grad Flix Highlight (Paul Murphy, Kristine Dalton)
12:20 - 1:10 Lunch- Student Commons
1:10 - 1:15  Afternoon Session Introduction and Housekeeping (Paul Murphy)
1:15 - 1:35 Marisa McKinney Translating vision screenings to eye exams
1:35 - 1:55 Allison Lynch Enhancing pilot vision standards for aviation: A study on visual degredation effects and stress responses in flight simulation
1:55 - 2:15  Ashita Bidarkar ERGs following short-term chromatic adaptation in myopes and non-myopes
2:15 - 2:35 Teddy Chow Beyond the Jessen method: Central corneal thickness is a key predictor of compression force in orthokeratology 
2:35 - 2:55 Coffee break - Outside 347 / 301
2:55 - 3:15 Cassandra Huynh Molecular dynamics of anaysis of small molecule inhibitors of pro-inflammatory cytockines 
3:15 - 3:35 Mana Monfared Exploring tear evaporation using the Waterloo Evaporimeter: An in vivo examination post-application of a lipid eye drop
3:35 - 3:55 Piyush Garg 3D printed contact lenses: A new dimension in ocular drug delivery
03:55 - 4:15 Nijani Nagaarudkumaran Modeling inflammatory response in the aging cornea
4:15 - 4:20 Conference Wrap Up and Thank You's (Kristine Dalton) 
4:30 - 5:30 Dr. Deborah McGregor Larkworthy Memorial Lecture: Reconciliation: An Indigenous ontology of climate change
5:30 - 6:30 Reception - Outside 347 / 301