CORE APPOINTS NEW HEAD OF BIOSCIENCES
The Centre for Ocular Research &
Education (CORE) at the University
of Waterloo has appointed William
Ngo as head of biosciences.
Dr. Ngo, a postdoctoral fellow at the
University of Alabama Birmingham
School of Optometry, is to join CORE
early this year.
“I had the good fortune of directing
Dr. Ngo as he undertook his PhD at the
University of Waterloo and witnessed
first-hand his innate intelligence,
natural curiosity and ability to build
strong relationships with collaborators
internally and externally. That cement-
ed my belief that he will have great
influence on future discoveries
in ocular surface science,” said Lyndon
Jones, director of CORE.
Dr. Ngo’s research interests include
clinical diagnosis and management of
dry eye disease, contact lens discom-
fort, tear film biology and chemistry
and the mechanisms of oxidative stress
in meibomian gland disease. He has
authored more than 40 scientific
papers, posters, abstracts and presen-
tations in these areas.
In 2011, Dr. Ngo graduated from the
University of Waterloo School of Op-
tometry & Vision Science with his
Doctor of Optometry degree, followed
by earning his PhD in 2016.
NEW ED AT THINK
ABOUT YOUR EYES
EyesThink About Your Eyes, a public
awareness campaign about the im-
portance of scheduling an annual eye
exam with an optometrist, has hired
Jane Balek as its new executive director.
Balek brings more than 20 years of
experience working with non-profits
and associations, most recently with
the School Nutrition Foundation
where she served as executive director.
“Jane’s expertise in the campaign
and association space will provide the
leadership TAYE needs to grow in in-
dustry support and impact even more
patients,” said Dr. Steve Loomis, chair
of Think About Your Eyes.
PRESENCE IN ASIA
Marcolin Group has developed a plan
for strong growth and organizational
strengthening as well as distribution
strategies and commercial logistics
in the Asian market, in response to
the renewed growth of the optical and
sunglass segments in that area.
The very first initiatives taken were:
organizational extensive expansion
of manpower; exponential increase
in "Asian-friendly" styles; and a new
In October, Marcolin’s Asia Pacific re-
gional office in Hong Kong doubled its
office space by moving to a superior
and prestigious location within the
Harbour City shopping complex. The
new office also houses a large show-
room, sales offices and a new team
dedicated to Hong Kong’s local market.
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