Dr. Johane Robitaille honoured for contributions to Halifax

Friday, September 25, 2015 - 10:30

Halifax, Sept. 25 – Dr. Johane Robitaille, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Pathology and Pediatrics at Dalhousie University received a Destination Halifax Ambassador Award for her work bringing the 2015 International Society for Genetic Eye Diseases and Retinoblastoma (ISGEDR) Meeting to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. 

Close to 100 individuals interested in the field of genetic diseases of the eye and retinoblastoma met in Halifax to learn about the latest developments in the field, share knowledge and pursue international collaborations. The event included presentations of original research, plenary sessions and symposia addressing current topics by distinguished speakers.

“Dr. Robitaille’s pitch to ISGEDR members painted a clear picture of what a meeting in Halifax would look like,” said Hélène Moberg, Executive Director, Sales, Destination Halifax. “Her detailed description of the beautiful sites – and her comprehensive proposal – are to thank for Halifax being selected as the host destination.”

The 2015 ISGEDR Meeting included lectures by Elise Heon (Canada), Richard Weleber (USA) and Junyang Zhao (China). Symposia and sessions covered topics including Retinoblastoma, Ophthalmic Genetics, Ethics and Consenting, Congenital Cataracts, Developmental Genes and Eye Malformations, Gene Therapy, and Retina Degenerative Disease. Delegates enjoyed visits to Pier 21, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Peggy’s Cove.  

“Halifax was a stunning backdrop to our meeting,” said Dr. Robitaille. “Delegates came away with excellent memories.”

The Ambassador Program is an alliance of individuals and organizations who achieve economic growth for the Halifax region through the promotion of Halifax as a premier meetings and conventions destination. The program has been led by Destination Halifax since 2002.

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