Dr. Vincent Pernet has been Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Laval University since 2014. His research focuses on the mechanisms of plasticity and neuronal degeneration in diseases such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, as well as occurring during normal and pathological aging of the visual system.

Enabling the plasticity of visual neurons

With his team, he is interested in molecules likely to alter the functioning of retinal cells, such as the Nogo-A neuronal plasticity inhibitory protein, the proteins involved in Alzheimer’s disease (amyloid and Tau) and the CNTF-Stat3 pathway that governs neuronal growth. Dr. Pernet has demonstrated the important role of the Nogo-A protein in inhibiting the regeneration of the injured optic nerve, and in the plasticity of the visual system, intact or injured. Neutralization of Nogo-A strongly increases neuronal plasticity and visual recovery in ocular disease models. Recently, his team discovered that neutralizing Nogo-A with a blocking antibody also improves vascular repair and retinal function in a proliferative retinopathy model. These results suggest that Nogo-A may be a therapeutic target to restore normal retinal vasculature, and protect the eyesight of patients suffering from diabetic retinopathy or retinopathy of prematurity. Tests are underway to determine the effects of Nogo-A in diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.

Reducing the effects of normal and pathological aging of the retina

The aging of the visual system is characterized by a decline in retinal function, which can be followed using electroretinographic measurements. The molecular mechanisms responsible for the loss of activity in the eye’s neurons are not known. Dr. Pernet’s lab is trying to identify the factors that influence the observed reorganization of neuronal connections in the retinas of old animals. Ultimately, the results of this work could be used to stimulate functional reconnection of circuits in the aging retina.

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Pernet V

Nogo-A in the visual system development and in ocular diseases.

Journal Article

Biochim Biophys Acta, 1863 (6), pp. 1300-1311, 2017, ISSN: 0006-3002.

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Joly S, Lamoureux S, Pernet V

Nonamyloidogenic processing of amyloid beta precursor protein is associated with retinal function improvement in aging male APPswe/PS1ΔE9 mice.

Journal Article

Neurobiol Aging, 53 , pp. 181-191, 2017, ISSN: 0197-4580.

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Fischer D, Harvey AR, Pernet V, Lemmon VP, Park KK

Optic nerve regeneration in mammals: Regenerated or spared axons?

Journal Article

Exp Neurol, 296 , pp. 83-88, 2017, ISSN: 0014-4886.

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Joly S, Dalkara D, Pernet V

Sphingosine 1-Phosphate Receptor 1 Modulates CNTF-Induced Axonal Growth and Neuroprotection in the Mouse Visual System.

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Neural Plast, 2017 , pp. 6818970, 2017.

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Joly S, Dodd DA, Grewe BF, Pernet V

Reticulon 4A/Nogo-A influences the distribution of Kir4.1 but is not essential for potassium conductance in retinal Müller glia.

Journal Article

Neurosci Lett, 627 , pp. 168-77, 2016, ISSN: 0304-3940.

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Active projects

  • Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec - CHU de Québec-Université Laval, Subvention, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec - Université Laval, Centres de recherche affiliés, from 2017-01-01 to 2099-12-31
  • Centre thématique de recherche en neurosciences, Subvention, Institutionnel - BDR, BDR - Centres de recherche reconnus, from 1999-06-01 to 2020-10-18
  • Etude des mécanismes de plasticité neuronale dans le système visuel adulte blessé in vivo., Subvention, Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé, Chercheur-boursier Juniors 1 et 2, Seniors, from 2014-08-01 to 2018-06-30
  • Étude des mécanismes neurodégénératifs de la rétine interne de souris in vivo, Partenariat, Fondation Canadienne pour l'innovation (La), Fonds des leaders John-R.-Evans (FLJR), from 2015-06-01 to 2018-08-31
  • Mécanismes moléculaires contrôlant le développement des cellules de Müller de la rétine et leurs effets sur l’angiogenèse., Subvention, Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et génie Canada, Subventions à la découverte SD (individuelles et d'équipe), from 2015-04-01 to 2020-03-31
  • The inhibition of Nogo-A by gene therapy as a new treatment for glaucoma, Subvention, Velux Stiftung, from 2016-02-01 to 2019-01-31

Recently finished projects

  • Designing a new delivery system for glaucoma medication., Subvention, Glaucoma Research Society of Canada, from 2015-05-19 to 2016-05-18
  • Étude des mécanismes de plasticité neuronale dans le système visuel adulte blessé in vivo., Subvention, Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé, Établissement de jeunes chercheurs - Juniors 1, from 2014-08-01 to 2018-02-28
  • Fonds de démarrage du Département d'ophtalmologie et d'ORL-CCF., Subvention, Fondation de l'Université Laval, from 2014-08-01 to 2016-07-31
  • Soutien aux professeurs de la Faculté de médecine., Subvention, Université Laval - démarrage nouveau chercheur, Soutien facultaire aux jeunes chercheurs de la Faculté de médecine, from 2014-09-01 to 2016-08-31
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