Dr Adriana Di Polo

Science Keynote Speaker: Dr Adriana Di Polo

Professor and Canada Research Chair
Department of Neuroscience
Department of Ophthalmology
University of Montreal, Canada

Dr. Di Polo is a Professor in the Departments of Neuroscience and Ophthalmology at the University of Montreal (Quebec, Canada) and currently holds a Canada Research Chair in glaucoma and age-related neurodegeneration. She completed her Bachelor of Science in biology from the Universidad Central de Venezuela (Caracas, Venezuela) and her PhD in physiology from the University of California (Los Angeles, USA; Supervisor: Dr. Deborah Farber). Dr. Di Polo then pursued postdoctoral training at the Center for Research in Neuroscience at McGill University (Quebec, Canada; Supervisor: Dr. Albert Aguayo).

Dr. Di Polo’s research program focuses on understanding mechanisms of neuronal, glial, and vascular deficits in glaucoma. The ultimate goal of her laboratory is to develop regenerative therapies to restore retinal ganglion cell function and, ultimately, vision in patients affected by glaucoma. She has received continuous research funding throughout her career and is presently Principal Investigator on grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense USA, and other competitive grants and awards from non-profit organizations as well as industry.

Dr. Di Polo serves on numerous national and international committees. She is the current Director of the Retina and Posterior Segment Group of the Quebec Vision Health Research Network and will serve as the Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) President in 2023.

She is an ARVO Gold Fellow since 2015. Recent accomplishments include the 2019 Shaffer Prize from the Glaucoma Research Foundation and the Lewis Rudin Glaucoma Research Prize awarded in 2020.