Prof Balwantray Chauhan

Dalhousie University

Balwantray Chauhan is Mathers Professor and Research Director of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at Dalhousie University. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK, and his postdoctoral training at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, under Dr. Stephen Drance.

Dr. Chauhan’s clinical research interests centre on changes in the visual field and optic nerve
head in glaucoma. He has devised new strategies for detecting glaucomatous progression and conducted research leading to their translation to clinical practice. A key contribution in this area is the Topographical Change Analysis (TCA), used for identifying changes in optic nerve head topography with imaging techniques. His recent contributions have been on the acquisition and analysis of anatomically and geometrically accurate neuroretinal rim
measurements. Dr. Chauhan is Principal Investigator of the Canadian Glaucoma Study, a multicentre study on the risk factors for the progression of open-angle glaucoma.

He also conducts research with experimental models of optic nerve damage. Areas of activity include studies of neuron-glia interaction in the retina and optic nerve, in vivo imaging of retinal ganglion cells and neuroprotection. This research is conducted in the Retina and
Optic Nerve Research Laboratory, a multidisciplinary facility he was instrumental in establishing.

Dr. Chauhan has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Achievement Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Gold Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and the Alcon Research Institute Award. He isPresident of the Glaucoma Research Society. His research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Atlantic Innovation Fund and other public and private sector agencies.