Balwantray Chauhan, PhD

Mathers Professor and Research Director

Department of Ophthalmology

and Vision Sciences

Glaucoma Research Group

Dalhousie University

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dr. 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 PhD at the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK, and his postdoctoral training at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, under Dr. Stephen Drance.

His 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. Dr. Chauhan is Principal Investigator of the Canadian Glaucoma Study, a multicentre study on the risk factors for the progression of open-angle glaucoma. His recent contributions have been on the acquisition and analysis of anatomically and geometrically accurate neuroretinal rim measurements.

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.  His research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Atlantic Innovation Fund and other public and private sector agencies.

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