Dr. Jean Daniel Arbour
heads the ophthalmology department of the faculty of medicine at the University of Montreal, where he is also associate professor.
After receiving his M.D. from the University of Montreal, Dr. Arbour interned in general surgery, specialized in ophthalmology and then went to Harvard University in the United States for medical and surgical retina training. At Harvard, Dr. Arbour also conducted research on macular degeneration and photodynamic and antiangiogenic therapy.
Dr. Arbour is currently vitreoretinal surgeon at Notre—Dame Hospital, which is part of the University of Montreal hospital centre (CHUM). He is also the founder of the hospital's ophthalmology research centre, where he has been the principal investigator in genetic studies of wet AMD and numerous international studies of new treatments in macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. The author of many articles published in medical journals, Dr. Arbour has also given more than 70 national and international scientific conferences on retinal disease.
Dr. Arbour was president of the Quebec association of ophthalmologists from 2005 to 2009. He is currently treasurer of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society.Dr. Francine Behar—Cohen
has served as professor and staff ophthalmologist at the Hôtel—Dieu de Paris since 2006. A retinologist, she is currently setting up a clinical research unit. Dr. Behar—Cohen received her M.D. and a Ph.D. in cellular biology from the Paris—Descartes University and did her internship in Paris hospitals and her residency in vitreoretinal surgery at the Hôtel—Dieu de Paris. In 2001, Dr. Behar—Cohen headed an Avenir team at France's national institute of health and medical research (INSERM,) and in 2003 she founded INSERM Unit 598, dedicated to the physiopathology of eye diseases and therapeutic innovations. In 2008, this unit became the Cordelier Research Center, located in Paris. Dr. Behar—Cohen has been researching ocular drug delivery systems and pharmacology for more than ten years. She is also investigating intraocular infl ammation and the role of inflammation in retinal pathologies previously considered noninfl ammatory?including ADM and diabetic retinopathy. She is the author of more than 110 publications and about a dozen books or book chapters.Dr. Pierre Labelle
is an ophthalmologist at Maisonneuve— Rosemont Hospital and full clinical professor in the department of ophthalmology of the faculty of medicine at the University of Montreal.
After receiving his M.D. and his diploma in ophthalmology, Dr. Labelle completed a research fellowship in retinal diseases and surgery at Washington University in St. Louis in the United States. He earned the first medal awarded by the Canadian Ophthalmological Society for his work on the prevention of sports—related eye injuries and was awarded the Securitas prize by the Régie de la sécurité dans les sports du Québec, Quebec's sports safety board, for his public awareness work.
Dr. Labelle is president of the Association des médecins ophtalmologistes du Québec, Quebec's association of ophthalmologists, and heads the ophthalmology departments of Maisonneuve—Rosemont Hospital and the faculty of medicine of the University of Montreal. Under his direction, the Centre Michel—Mathieu was established at Maisonneuve— Rosemont Hospital in 1999, an internationally renowned institute of excellence in ophthalmology. Given his interest in clinical research, Dr. Labelle has collaborated on many research projects, including projects investigating macular degeneration.Dr. Florian Sennlaub
heads a research team at France's national institute of health and medical research (INSERM) in Paris. Born in Germany, Dr. Sennlaub studied medicine in Germany, Scotland and France. He received his M.D. from the University of Humboldt in Berlin and a Ph.D. from René— Descartes University in Paris before devoting himself fulltime to research in ophthalmology.
He worked for three years at the research centre at Sainte—Justine Hospital in Montreal before putting together his own team to explore the mechanisms of ocular degeneration and neovascularization at the Cordelier Research Center in Paris. Dr. Sennlaub regularly publishes articles in journals specializing in biomedical research. His research is supported by French and European agencies.