Distinguished Professor Emeritus

John FlanaganBSc (Aston), PhD (Aston), 


Email: jgflanag@uwaterloo.ca


John Flanagan is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Waterloo. He graduated in Optometry and Vision Sciences from Aston University, Birmingham, UK in 1980, where he later earned his PhD in 1985.

He has held continuous federal research funding for over 25 years (MRC/CIHR/CHRP/ORF) with additional research funding from the American Health Assistance Foundation and the Glaucoma Research Society of Canada. He has supervised 36 graduate students and has authored over 140 peer reviewed publications. In addition he has 10 book chapters, 3 books, a CDRom and given numerous invited lectures to both professional and academic audiences around the world. His research interests include basic mechanisms of human glaucoma (glial cell activation, proteomics, neuroprotection), ocular imaging, clinical psychophysics, 24-hour intraocular pressure, ocular blood flow and studies of vascular reactivity. Awards include Certificate of Merit for Research Excellence, Glaucoma Research Society of Canada; Claire Bobier Lecture, University of Waterloo; Springer Lecture, University of Alabama; the Glenn A Fry Award from the American Academy of Optometry; Outstanding Performance Award, University of Waterloo; and most recently the 2011 Institute of Medical Science Mel Silverman Mentorship Award, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He was a plenary lecturer at the 2003 AAO meeting, and was appointed as faculty for the inaugural World Glaucoma Congress in 2005 and the each subsequent WGC meeting. He was a founding member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society, was the Program Chair from 2002 to 2007, OGS President from 2007 to 2012, and is currently the OGS Executive Vice President. In 2008 he was appointed Chair of the Clinical Research Ethics Committee at the University of Waterloo. He has also served as a Governor and Senator at the University of Waterloo, and was a member of the Senate Executive Committee.



  • Pathophysiology of glaucoma
  • Cell culture model of glaucoma, capable of manipulating biomechanical stretch and ischemia
  • Biomechanics of the lamina cribrosa of the optic nerve
  • Ocular hemodynamics
  • Clinical psychophysics and imaging
  • Aspects of spatial and temporal vision processing
  • Structure/function relationships
  • Sleep
  • Diurnal variation in Optic Nerve Head (ONH) topography, Intraocular pressure (IOP), blood pressure and ocular perfusion

Diabetic eye disease

  • Particular interest in diabetic macular edema and its natural history
  • Ocular hemodynamics in diabetes
  • Clinical psychophysics and imaging
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