COS Awards for Excellence Recipients

2024 papers 1st prize Dominique Geoffrion (University of Montreal)
Inflammatory tear cytokine levels in patients with Boston keratoprosthesis type 1 versus primary angle closure glaucoma
2nd prize Winnie Yu (University of Toronto)
Cataract surgery complications in individuals who previously received intravitreal injections: a population-based cohort analysis
3rd prize Kanchan Sainani (University of Toronto)
Evaluation of Visual Outcomes in Retinoblastoma Survivors and Determining Factors Predicting Failure of Vision Salvage
2024 posters 1st prize Ness Little (University of Toronto)
Adeno-Associated Virus (AAV) Mediated Expression of Bcl-xL Attenuates Apoptosis in Human Corneal Endothelial Cells
2nd prize Chris Zajner (University of Western Ontario)
Patterns of Extraocular Muscle Enlargement in Graves’ Disease and Acromegaly
3rd prize Sheetal Pundir (McGill University)
Concentration-Dependent Structural Effects of Pilocarpine on the Anterior Segment of the Eye
2023 papers 1st prize Lia Huo (University of Toronto)
Sustained Release of Sh3-RdCVF to Rescue Cone Photoreceptor Death in Retinitis Pigmentosa
2nd prize Bryon McKay (University of Toronto)
2-Year Evaluation of Subretinal Fluid Drainage Techniques in Pars Plana Vitrectomy for Primary Rhegmatogenous RetinalDetachment (ELLIPSOID-2 Study)
3rd prize Oluwadara Onasanya (University of Manitoba)
The Incidence of post intravitreal injection endophthalmitis with and without anterior chamber paracentesis
2023 posters 1st prize Evan Michaelov (Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry)
A Randomized, Controlled Comparison of 180° vs. 360° Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty in Open Angle Glaucoma and Glaucoma Suspects
2nd prize Tina Felfeli (University of Toronto)
Evaluating the Long-Term Biological Stability of Cytokine Biomarkers in Ocular Fluid Samples
3rd prize Manlong Xu (University of Toronto)
SLE patients may be more likely than RA patients to tolerate a high cumulative dose of hydroxychloroquine without developing retinopathy
2022 papers 1st prize Dr. Henry Liu
Transfer Learning using Macular OCTA to Differentiate LHON Vasculature from Normal Vasculature
2nd prize Dr. Austin Pereira
A Comparison of the Toronto Artificial Intelligence Model for Intraocular Lens Power Calculation to 12 Preoperative Cataract Formulas: A Preliminary Validation Study
3rd prize Dr. Mariam Issa
Ophthalmic Findings in Marginally Housed Women in a Canadian Urban City
Dr. Raheem Remtulla
Leveraging Machine Learning Techniques to Predict Visual Acuity Improvement in Response to Occlusion Therapy in Amblyopic Eyes.
2022 posters 1st prize Dr. James (Jake) Armstrong
Corneal Hysteresis and Central Corneal Thickness: A Significant Association with SIBS Microshunt Surgical Outcomes
2nd prize Dr. Jonathan El-Khoury
Boston Type I Keratoprosthesis versus Penetrating Keratoplasty following a Single Failed Corneal Graft
3rd prize Dr. Jessica Cao
Novel 63µm ab interno gelatin microstent versus conventional 45µm microstent: Early results
2021 papers 1st prize Tina Felfeli, University of Toronto
The Virucidal Efficacy of Povidone-Iodine and Chlorhexidine Ophthalmic Solutions Against SARS-CoV-2
2nd prize David J. Mathew, Toronto Western
An improved chronic ocular hypertension circumlimbal suture model in rats
3rd prize Dominique Geoffrion, McGill University
Tear film cytokine profiles of Boston keratoprosthesis type 1 patients with and without glaucoma
1st prize Ali Salimi (McGill University), Mohamed Abu-Nada, Paul Harasymowycz
Comparative Evaluation of Cataract Surgery with and without Trabecular Micro-Bypass Stents in Primary Angle-Closure Glaucoma: One-Year Results
2nd prize Susan Ruyu Qi (University of Laval), Roxanne Arsenault, Fayçal Zine-Eddine, Emily Boyer, Valérie Gagné, Anne-Sophie Allard-Bernard, Marie-Ève Légaré, Mathieu Mercier
Immediately Sequential Bilateral Cataract Surgery (ISBCS): A Canadian Tertiary Care Centre Experience
3rd prize Nolan Chem (University of British Columbia), Geoffrey Law, Simon Warner, Frederick Mikelberg
Role of Corneal Hysteresis in Pigment Dispersion Syndrome
3rd prize Saerom Youn (Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry), Stephanie Cote, Monali Malvankar, Cindy Hutnik.
Machine learning and artificial intelligence based diagnosis of glaucoma: A systematic review and meta analysis
2020 papers 1st prize Carolina L. M. Francisconi, Dalhousie University
Retina Displacement following Pneumatic Retinopexy vs Pars Plana Vitrectomy for Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment (ALIGN STUDY)
2nd prize Yusuf Ahmed, University of Toronto
Multi-centre comparison of the Toronto Portable Perimeter to the Humphrey Field Analyzer
3rd prize Rachel Curtis, Queen’s University
Smartphone compatible versus conventional ophthalmoscope; a randomized crossover educational trial
2020 posters 1st prize Angela (An Qi) Chang, Hong Liu, Ge Ge, Xinyi Li, Karin Luiza, Gordon Laurie, Wankei Wan, Cindy M. L. Hutnik
Abstract #106 – Lacritin peptide (N-94) conjugated solid silica nanoparticles as a novel drug delivery system for dry eye disease
2nd prize Prem Nichani, Marko Popovic, Matthew B. Schlenker, Iqbal (Ike) Ahmed
Abstract #33Micro-invasive glaucoma surgery: A selected review of landmark studies
2nd prize Matthew Fung, James Armstrong, Cindy M. L. Hutnik
Abstract #211Validation of a Bioartificial Tenon’s Capsule Tissue Model for High Throughput Novel Drug Testing
3rd prize Siddharth Nath, Carl Shen, Alex Koziarz, Laura Banfield, Mark A. Fava, William G. Hodge
Abstract #221Accelerated versus conventional corneal collagen cross-linking for corneal ectasia: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials
2019 papers 1st prize Jacob Rullo, Queen’s University
Intraocular antibodies as a novel target for understanding and treating vascular diseases of the eye
2nd prize James J. Armstrong, University of Western Ontario
Acetylation of COX-2: An immunoresolving therapy Alexander L. Pearson, University of Ottawa
A large international study of LHON epidemiology
3rd prize Jennifer L. Gao, Dalhousie University
Comparison of the diagnostic sensitivity of macular ganglion cell layer thickness, peripapillary retinal nerve fibre layer thickness, and Bruch membrane opening-minimum rim width in detecting glaucoma
2019 posters 1st prize Jim T. Denstedt, University of Western Ontario
Improving glaucoma surgery with the small molecule ALK-5 inhibitor SB-431542
2nd prize Andrei-Alexandru Szigiato, Université de Montréal
Long term visual outcomes of the Boston keratoprosthesis type I
3rd prize Qinyuan (Alis) Xu, University of British Columbia
Amyloid-ß localization in the human retina: Exploring potentials of early and non-invasive ocular detection of Alzheimer’s disease
2018 papers 1st prize Jordan Isenberg, Université de Montréal
Peptidyl-prolyl cis-trans isomerase A (PPIA) – a novel biomarker of multi-episodic (recurrent) ocular toxoplasmosis
2nd prize James J. Armstrong, University of Western Ontario
Acetylsalicylic acid reduces collagen contraction, remodelling and myofibroblast proliferation in Tenon’s Capsule tissue mimetic
3rd prize Andrei-Alexandru Szigiato, University of Toronto
The use of eyemasks for reducing neonatal stress following dilated retinal examination
2018 posters 1st prize Xinyi Li, University of Western Ontario
Bioactive protein-conjugated silica nanoparticles as a drug delivery system for dry eye disease
2nd prize Jade Marie Lasiste, McGill University
CITED1: A potential regulator of metastasis in uveal melanoma
3rd prize Parnian Arjmand, University of Ottawa
Fibrin glue and internal limiting membrane abrasion for optic disc pit maculopathy
2017 papers 1st prize Sina Khalili, University of Toronto
The effect of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor injection on growth and organ development of the neonate: In-vivo study
2nd prize Victoria C. Leung, University of Toronto
Corneal collagen cross-linking in the management of keratoconus in Canada: A cost-effectiveness analysis
3rd prize Ioannis S. Dimopoulos, University of Alberta
Gene therapy for choroideremia: Initial results
2017 posters 1st prize Jade M. Lasiste, McGill University
Metformin inhibits survival, migration, and vascular endothelial growth factor production in uveal melanoma cells
2nd prize Carl Shen, McMaster University
Fragility of results in randomized control trials in ophthalmology
3rd prize Husayn Gulamhusein, McMaster University
Standalone ab interno gelatin stent with MMC versus standalone trabeculectomy with MMC: Post-operative patient experience and healthcare utilization
2016 papers 1st prize Mark Seamone, Dalhousie University
The role of VEGF-A in exogenous endophthalmitis: a potential target for immunomodulation
2nd prize Carl Shen, University of Toronto
Characterization of changes in corneal endothelial cell density in early childhood
3rd prize Alice Zhang, McGill University
Choroideremia is a systemic disease with lymphocyte crystals and plasma lipid and RBC membrane abnormalities
2016 posters 1st prize Parnian Arjmand, University of Ottawa
Flashes and floaters: a survey of Canadian ophthalmology residents’ practice patterns
2nd prize Stephanie Cote, University of Calgary
Outcomes of Ahmed Glaucoma Valve mechanism removal
3rd prize Yogesh Patodia, Western University
Clinical effectiveness of currently available low-vision devices in glaucoma patients with moderate to severe vision loss
2015 papers 1st prize Manjool Shah, University of Toronto
Use of a 45-µm ab-interno subconjunctival gel-stent with adjunctive mitomycin-C for the treatment of uncontrolled open angle glaucoma
2nd prize Julie Morin, Université de Montréal
Neurodevelopmental outcomes of preterm infants treated with bevacizumab for severe
retinopathy of prematurity
3rd prize Gary Yau, Queen’s University
The association of intraocular pressure on visual function in papilledema from idiopathic intracranial hypertension
2015 posters 1st prize Raageen Kanjee, University of Manitoba
Six-year prevalence and incidence of diabetic retinopathy and cost-effectiveness of teleophthalmology in Manitoba
2nd prize Adrian C. Tsang, University of Ottawa
Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine retinopathy: a systematic review evaluating the
multifocal electroretinogram as a screening test
3rd prize Wendy (Wan) Wang, Western University
The interaction of primary human trabecular meshwork cells with metal alloy candidates for micro-invasive glaucoma surgery
2014 papers 1st prize Yufeng (Nancy) Chen, University of Western Ontario
Patient appropriate health literacy educational materials in ophthalmology
2nd prize Joshua Teichman, University of Ottawa
Randomized controlled trial of the efficacy of povidone-iodine in reducing bacterial load prior to cataract surgery when pre-treated with gel versus drops
3rd prize Yiannis Iordanous, University of Western Ontario
Cost-effectiveness analysis of iStent and phacoemulsification versus glaucoma medications in the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)
2014 posters 1st prize Caitlin Chang, University of Western Ontario
The role of gap junctions in survival of mechanically stressed primary human trabecular meshwork cells
2nd prize Vasudha Gupta, McMaster University
Safety evaluation of ocular drug delivery formulation: an in vivo approach
3rd prize Swati Chavda, University of Western Ontario
Quality of evidence for low vision rehabilitation in children
2013 papers 1st prize Talal Alabduljalil, University of Toronto
Demonstration of anatomical development of the human macula within the first five years of life using Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
2nd prize Stephen Dorrepaal, University of Toronto
Resistance of ocular flora to gatifloxacin in patients undergoing intravitreal injections – a case-control study
3rd prize Nawaaz Nathoo, University of British Columbia
Association between glaucoma, glaucoma therapies, and erectile dysfunction
2013 posters 1st prize Stephanie Kletke, McMaster University
Educational and vision-assistive smartphone apps for patients: a quantitative evaluation
2nd prize Jay Ching-Chieh Wang, University of British Columbia
Effects of CFH Y402H SNP, age and drusen on cytokine & growth factor levels in post-mortem human vitreous and retina
3rd prize Victoria Leung, University of Toronto
Investigating the relationship between socio-demographic factors and non-persistence with topical glaucoma medications
2012 abstracts 1st prize David Almeida, Queens University
Randomized controlled trial comparing nepafenac, ketorolac and placebo in preventing macular edema after uncomplicated cataract extraction
2nd prize Vivian Yin, University of Toronto
The effect of repeated topical fluoroquinolone use post intravitreal injection for neovascular age-related macular eegeneration (AMD) on ocular surface flora
3rd prize Laura Beltran-Agullo, Toronto Western Hospital
Faster visual recovery following Ex-PRESS than trabeculectomy: results of a prospective randomized controlled trial
2012 posters 1st prize Weerawat Kiddee, Toronto Western Hospital
Systematic literature review and meta-analysis of IOP elevation post intravitreal steroids
2nd prize M. Nour Haydari, University of Montreal
Living model for Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy
3rd prize Radwan Ajlan, McGill University
Risk factors affecting optic nerve head blood flow after therapeutic IOP reduction in patients with open angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension
2011 abstracts 1st prize Alexandre S. Reis, Paul H. Artes, Balwantray C. Chauhan, Marcelo T. Nicolela
Rates of change in patients with glaucoma and different patterns of optic disc damage
2nd prize Jason Noble, Navapol Kanchanaranya, Robert G. Devenyi, Wai-Ching Lam
The feasibility of air travel for patients with scleral buckles and intraocular gas
3rd prize Bethany Durling, Andrew Toren, David Jordan, Steve Gilberg, Vivek Patel
Incidence of discordant temporal artery biopsies in the diagnosis of giant cell arteritis
2011 posters 1st prize Kailun Jiang, Eleanor To, Jing Z. Cui, Joanne A. Matsubara
Assessment of drusen and inflammatory mediators in the post-mortem human eye: An immunohistochemical study
2nd prize Jamil Jivraj , Imran Jivraj, Christopher Rudnisky, Matthew Tennant
Prevalence of depression and quality of life impairment in patients with age related macular degeneration
3rd prize Sheila A. Marco, Karim F. Damji, Christopher Rudnisky
Combined cataract and glaucoma surgery: endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation versus trabeculectomy
2010 abstracts 1st prize Dean T. Jeffery
Vascular risk factors in patients with retinal emboli
2nd prize Hannah Chiu
Breaking down barriers in communicating complex Retinoblastoma information: Can pictures be the solution?
3rd prize Toby Chan
Intrastromal versus topical moxifloxacin in a rabbit model of Pseudomonas aeruginosa keratitis
2010 posters 1st prize Stephanie Proulx
Tissue engineering of a posterior corneal substitute using the self-assembly approach
2nd prize Toby Chan
Descemet – stripping automated endothelioal keratoplasty versus triple procedure: A comparative case series on visual outcome an complications
3rd prize Boram Hong
Visual function in school age children with a history of prematurity: Preliminary resultsMalcolm Gooi
Morning vs. evening adherence to once-daily glaucoma medication
2009 1st prize Kay Lam, University of Toronto
2nd prize Kenman Gan, University of Alberta
3rd prize Corey Smith, University of Western Ontario
2008 1st prize Jason Blair, MD, University of Ottawa
2nd prize Darana Yuen, MD, University of Western Ontario
3rd prize Tariq A. Alasbali, MD, University of Toronto
Adnan Pirbhai, MD, University of Western Ontario
2007 1st prize Farzin Forooghian, MD, University of Toronto
2nd prize Feisal Adatia, MD, University of Toronto
3rd prize David Almeida, MD, Queen’s University
2006 1st prize Rajeev Muni, MD, University of Toronto
2nd prize Alexander Tan, MD, Dalhousie University
3rd prize Jovina See, MD, Dalhousie University
2005 1st prize Varun Chaudhary, MD, University of Western Ontario
2nd prize Farzin Forooghian, MD, University of Toronto
3rd prize Natasha Yepes, MD, University of Toronto
2004 1st prize Alain Proulx, MD, University of Western Ontario
2nd prize Hussein Hollands, University of British Columbia
3rd prize Robert J. Campbell, MD, University of Ottawa
2003 1st prize Khalid Hasanne, MD, Queen’s University
2nd prize Lesya Shuba, MD, Dalhousie University
3rd prize Anthony M. Carlsson, MD, Queen’s University
Robert J. Campbell, MD, University of Ottawa
2002 1st prize Bernard R. Hurley, MD, University of Ottawa
2nd prize Kupura Krishnadev, BSc, University of Toronto
3rd prize Robert Campbell, MD, University of Ottawa
2001 1st prize Geoff A. Bellingham, MD, University of Western Ontario
2nd prize Hussein Hollands, MD, Queen’s University
3rd prize Toni Nemeh, MD, McGill University
2000 1st prize Ali F. Hafez, MD, Université de Montréal
2nd prize Tara A. Young, MD, Univeristy of Toronto
3rd prize Michael C. Johnson, MD, University of Alberta
1999 1st prize Michael Altaweel, MD, Dalhousie University
2nd prize Sanjay K. Gupta, MD, Univeristy of Ottawa
3rd prize Rajinder S. Rathee, MD, Queen’s University
1998 1st prize Carolyn Anderson, MD, University of British Columbia
2nd prize Anthony Carlsson, MD, Dalhousie University
3rd prize Ike Ahmed, MD, University of Toronto
1997 1st prize Michele Mabon, MD, Université Laval
2nd prize Sanjay Sharma, MD, Queen’s University
3rd prize Rosa Braga-Mele, MD, Univeristy of Toronto
1996 1st prize Edward Yu, MD, University of Ottawa
2nd prize Saeed Al-Yami, MD, University of Ottawa
3rd prize Matthew Lee-Wing, MD, University of Ottawa
1995 1st prize Leland Dhurjon, MD, Dalhousie University
2nd prize Shane Munro, MD, University of Ottawa
3rd prize Peter Kertes, MD, University of Ottawa

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