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Endowed Research Scholar announcement


The QEII Foundation is proud to announce Dr. Jayme Vianna as the new QEII Foundation Scholar in Glaucoma Research, effective March 1, 2017. The QEII Foundation Scholar in Glaucoma Research, which was funded by a legacy gift by a visionary and anonymous donor, was created to fuel world-leading glaucoma research at the QEII.

Endowed research scholars support growth in a dedicated research field and accelerate life-changing health care advancements. These endowment funds are invested permanently, where only the interest from the investment is used to fund the long-term research position.

As the need for glaucoma research grows worldwide and new techniques to treat the disease are investigated, the QEII Foundation Scholar in Glaucoma Research provides an opportunity to make a lasting and transformational impact in the lives of patients facing a glaucoma diagnosis in their lifetime.

Dr. Jayme Vianna, who was born and attended medical school in São Paulo, Brazil, will play an integral role in enhancing optic nerve imaging for patients living with glaucoma. As a centre of excellence in ophthalmology research and care, the QEII’s reputation and outstanding contributions to the field of glaucoma research is exactly why Dr. Vianna chose to complete his fellowship, here, in Halifax.


Endowed Research Chairs

Endowed research chairs, like endowed research scholars, are catalysts for change, supporting growth in a dedicated research field. They are an investment with only the interest from the investment being used to fund long-term research in a specific discipline. A broad-based committee holds a robust search process to attract the most appropriate individual for the position. This individual is appointed for a five-year term. When the term is complete, an intensive review is held to ensure standards are being met.

Thanks to generous donors and partnerships, the QEII Foundation has established the following endowed research chairs:

  • Dr. Ian Alwayn: QEII Foundation Endowed Chair in Transplantation Research
  • Dr. Jafna Cox: Heart & Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research
  • Dr. Michael Dunbar: QEII Foundation Endowed Chair in Arthroplasty Outcomes
  • Dr. David Hoskin: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Atlantic Chapter Endowed Chair in Breast Cancer Research
  • Dr. Louise Parker: Canadian Cancer Society Nova Scotia Division Endowed Chair in Population Cancer Research

Each year, the QEII Health Sciences Centre sees over one million patient visits. Atlantic Canadians come to the QEII for specialized care in areas such as heart health, neurosurgery, organ transplantation, cancer care, and trauma care. The level of care provided at the QEII would not be possible without generous donors who believe in the power of research. Research advances healthcare, closing the gap between evidence and current practice.

Learn more about research at the QEII and how you can help.


The QEII Foundation inspires generosity to advance health care at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. With financial support from all levels of the community, the Foundation helps fund new technologies, research, innovation and education that contribute to life-changing moments experienced every day by patients and their loved ones.



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