Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai shares his experience as a visually impaired student who was fast tracked through high school and entered university at age 15, highlighting the numerous challenges and the benefit of a growth mindset. Dr. Sukhai further describes new initiatives in low vision research and shares advice for people who are striving for success in life and work while dealing with a visual impairment. About the guest: Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai is the world’s first congenitally blind biomedical research scientist. Mahadeo is Director of Research and Chief Inclusion and Accessibility Officer for the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the …

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Ophthalmologist and vision science researcher Dr. Brian Ballios provides an overview of stem cell therapies for inherited retinal diseases, including Retinitis Pigmentosa. Dr. Ballios further discusses the importance of genetic testing, highlighting that knowledge of a patient’s underlying mutation is often required to access clinical trials and approved therapies. About the guest: Dr. Brian G. Ballios, MD, PhD, FRCSCAssistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Vision SciencesThe J. Ardeth Hill – Fighting Blindness Canada Professor in Ocular Genetics ResearchAcquired and Inherited Diseases of the Retina, Vitreous and Choroid Dr. Ballios is a fellowship-trained clinician scientist, with a focus on medical …

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In this episode, Ophthalmology and visual science researcher Dr. Yves Sauvé gives an overview of how vision works in the eye and in the brain, highlighting normal and pathological changes in these structures that can alter the visual experience. Dr. Sauvé further describes modifiable lifestyle factors that can influence vision as we age, as well as various related topics that he covers in depth in his book, Feeling the Meaning Of Life. About the guest: Dr. Sauvé is a recently retired neurophysiologist from the University of Alberta. He authored 97 peer-reviewed papers on vision, developed and taught sensory physiology …

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In this episode, Dr. Carlos Quezada Ruiz describes the evolution and challenges of clinical trials from his unique perspective as an active retina specialist who also oversees modules of some of the world’s most impactful clinical trials in Ophthalmology in his role as Senior Medical Director at Genentech. Dr. Quezada Ruiz further highlights the importance of a patient-centric approach for everyone working in the field of Ophthalmology, including industry professionals, basic scientists, and clinicians. About the guest: CARLOS QUEZADA-RUIZ, M.D., F.A.S.R.S.Senior Medical Director, Clinical Science Ophthalmology Carlos Quezada-Ruiz, M.D. is a Senior Medical Director on Genentech’s Ophthalmology Clinical Science …

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For this episode, Bruno was joined by Dr. Rubens Belfort as a guest editor to have a candid conversation with Dr. Arun Singh. Dr. Singh has more than 250 articles published in peer reviewed journals. He is the editor of British Journal of Ophthalmology, and a manuscript reviewer for 14 national and international journals. We dove into the intricacies of scientific publications, discussing what works, and what can be improved. About the guest: Arun D. Singh, MD is the director of the Department of Ophthalmic Oncology in the Cole Eye Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is well-published researcher with …

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In this episode, Dr. Allan Slomovic provides a high level overview of current and emerging therapies for corneal and ocular surface diseases. Dr. Slomovic further shares stories of mentorship and philanthropy, as well as a very personal experience with COVID-19 as a patient himself. About the guest: Dr. Slomovic is the University Health Network Marta and Owen Boris Endowed Chair in Cornea and Stem Cell Research, as well as Research Director of the Cornea/External Disease Service at Toronto Western Hospital. He is the past President of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) and past Chair of CPD and the Canadian …

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Dr. Sukhai shares his journey from congenitally blind newborn to visually impaired biomedical researcher with a deep passion for science and inclusion. Dr. Sukhai further highlights recent research data surrounding the impact of COVID-19 on people with low vision. About the guest: Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai is the world’s first congenitally blind biomedical research scientist. Mahadeo is Director of Research and Chief Inclusion and Accessibility Officer for the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind), having previously served as a researcher at the University Health Network in Toronto. Dr. Sukhai also holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of …

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Tom Brunner, President and CEO of Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF), shares the history of ophthalmic laser technology and how he ended up leading a global organization dedicated to funding promising Glaucoma research. Tom further provides a detailed overview of Glaucoma onset and progression, highlighting risk factors and the importance of early diagnosis. Some of the most significant clinical trials in Glaucoma in recent decades—funded by GRF—are also discussed. Nine Years of Innovation Catalyst for a Cure Report Glaucoma Research Foundation learn more and donate About the guest: Tom Brunner joined Glaucoma Research Foundation in 2003 after a successful 30-year …

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Mike May is the Chief Evangelist at Goodmaps, founder of the Sendero group, a paralympic World Record holder in downhill skiing, and a serial entrepreneur who regained some vision after 43 years of blindness thanks to a novel corneal stem cell therapy. Mike discusses the impact of regaining some vision, highlighting the need for a diverse skill set to thrive in business, sports and life. About the guest: Mike May is Chief Evangelist for Good Maps, Inc., a pedestrian navigation company with an emphasis on accessible navigation for people who are blind or visually impaired including indoor navigation. He …

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In this episode, Jim Thoune describes his journey from a young boy who lost his vision due to Retinoblastoma to becoming a world class blind chess competitor. Jim discusses highlights from his career, how parents can help their blind children succeed, his passion for scuba diving, and much more. About the guest: Not a blind man, but a man who happens to be blind as well as five feet 8 inches tall, with gray-white, curly hair and a medium build. Totally blind since age 5 due to Retinoblastoma, I am a 71-year-old retired Government employee, where I divided my …

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