Canadian Optometry Schools Research Conference (COSRC 2017)

December ​7–9, 2017

Join us as the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Université de Montréal École d'Optométrie commemorate the 60th anniversary of the University of Waterloo and the 50th anniversary of the University of Waterloo School of Optometry.

The conference, including dinner, will be free for graduate students and post-docs in vision sciences and for optometry residents in Canada. There will be a modest fee of $50.00 (+HST) for faculty, alumni and other attendees attending the Friday dinner and dance. Attendees must pay for their dinner in advance of the conference via our online payment interface

Registration  now closed

Abstract submissions now closed

Registration for COSRC 2017 

A registration fee of $50.00 (+HST) is required for anyone not affiliated with the University of Waterloo and the University of Montreal who wishes to attend the conference. Please note there is a separate fee to attend the dinner/dance. Registering for COSRC 2017 will allow for up to 7 hours of Continuing Education credit (not COPE approved). The registration fee will be waived if you submit an abstract to present at the conference. Please note that if you register after November 1, 2017, the registration fee will increase to $100.00 (+HST). Registration fee covers attendance at all seminars, poster sessions, coffee breaks, and lunch on December 8th.

Click here to pay for registration.


Thursday, December 7

Friday, December 8

  • Talks and posters at the School (see Maps below)
  • Evening: Dinner & Dance at Fed Hall; payment for dinner/dance can be made online

Saturday, December 9

  • Morning talks and lunch at the School of Optometry (see Maps below)

Invited speakers

  • Dr. Austin Roorda, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

    • Dr. Roorda is our Larkworthy Memorial Lecturer 

    • Following the war, Dr. Donald Larkworthy attended and graduated from the College of Optometrists of Ontario in 1949 when it was located in Toronto.  This was one of the largest classes in history.  He spent his career practicing optometry in Stratford, Ontario and was committed to the health and vision care needs of his patients. Dr. Larkworthy was grateful for his career and the quality of life that it provided for his family.  He was also passionate about learning and advancement of the optometric profession and therefore, he made a bequest to the School of Optometry & Vision Science to establish the Larkworthy Memorial Lecture.

  • Dr. Etty Bitton, OD, MSc, Université de Montréal
  • Dr. Langis Michaud, OD, MSc, Université de Montréal
  • Dr. Ben Thompson, PhD, University of Waterloo
  • Dr. Daphne Maurer, PhD, McMaster University

Accommodations & Transportation

Accommodation for Montreal visitors is at the Inn of Waterloo and is offered as complimentary shared accommodation for UMontréal graduate students, residents and post docs. Faculty may elect to choose shared or single accommodation and the cost per room is $129.99. Bus transportation will be provided between the Hotel and the School of Optometry and Vision Science for all events.

  • For faculty members and other non-graduate student visitors: to book your room at our group rate ($129.99), contact the hotel directly with booking code: COSR. Please note the group rate is only guaranteed for bookings made by November 7, 2017.
  • For graduate students/residents/post docs: you will be asked for hotel booking information on the registration page. Anyone who registers after the November 1, 2017 registration deadline will be required to pay for their own accommodations. 


Inn of Waterloo

The Huether Hotel

University of Waterloo School of Optometry

The Second Murchison Callender Young Investigator Award

The Young Investigator Award recognises Dr. Murchison Callender, Professor Emeritus of the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, for dedication to education, in particular for his enthusiasm for engaging and supporting student research in the vision sciences. Prof. Callender was a founding organiser of the first research conference that brought together Canada’s two Schools of Optometry in 1987.

One eligible COSRC 2017 presenter will be awarded the Murchison Callender Young Investigator Award on December 9th. 


  • Allergan
  • CooperVision Inc.
  • Shire
  • TLC Laser Eye Centers
  • Canadian Optometric Education Trust Fund
  • University of Waterloo Graduate Student Association
  • Essilor


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