Fiona Costello


Clinical Neurosciences


Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute



Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Ophthalmology
  • Visual pathways
  • Central nervous system
  • MS
  • Tumors

Research activities

Dr. Costello’s area of research focuses on using the eye as a model for brain disorders including multiple sclerosis and tumors. In 2013, Dr. Costello was named Chair to the Roy and Joan Allen Investigatorship for Vision Research and is working to establish a translational vision research program at the HBI. She has published nearly 125 peer reviewed papers, 21 book chapters and has been invited to give over 237 national and international presentations at numerous academic venues. Together with her colleagues, she has received more than eight million dollars in research funding.


Dr. Fiona Costello is a Professor, affiliated with the Departments of Clinical Neurosciences and Surgery (Ophthalmology), University of Calgary and a Clinician Scientist with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI). She completed her medical school (1995) and Neurology residency training (2000) at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and then embarked on a clinical fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa (2000 – 2002). Her fellowship training was supported by an E.A. Baker Scholarship she received from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Since 2007, she has run a clinical practice in Calgary as a neuro-ophthalmologist, serving the needs of patients with disorders involving the visual pathways and the central nervous system.