Dr. Ralph Chou, OD, MSc, Professor Emeritus of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science
Editor in Chief
Dr. B. Ralph Chou is Professor Emeritus of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. His research interests are industrial and environmental eye protection, particularly from impact and optical radiation hazards. He has been a consultant to industry and the Government of Canada on eye protection against ultraviolet radiation. From 1994 to 2014, he served in various capacities with Canadian Examiners in Optometry, including founding Secretary of its Board. He continues to work on evaluation of clinical competencies. He serves on several standards technical committees of the Canadian Standards Association and the International Organization for Standardisation, and as a member of the Eclipse Information Committee of IAU Commission 46. He was a contributor to the NASA solar eclipse bulletins from 1997 to 2010. Following his second 4-year term as President of the Toronto Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Ralph is now the Co-Chair of its David Dunlap Observatory Management Committee, conducting public outreach programmes with Canada’s largest optical telescope.
Dr. Claude Giasson, OD, MSc, PhD, FAAO Professor - Université de Montréal (tissue engineering, regeneration and corneal physiology)
Claude Giasson is professor at the School of Optometry, Université de Montréal and researcher at the Laboratoire d’organogénèse expérimentale of the Centre hospitalier, universitaire de Québec. He completed an O.D. and a M.Sc. in 1982 and 1987 at the Université de Montréal. His research themes focus on reconstruction of ophthalmological tissue (cornea). He is interested in cell biology of corneal layers and of epithelial cells on corneal equivalents, confocal imaging of cornea and morphometry of corneal endothelium. Dr Giasson has been a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry since 1988, a member of the Training Committee of the Ordre des Optométristes du Québec since 1998, an academic editor of the Canadian Journal of Optometry since 2004. He was the secretary of the École d’optométrie from 2004 to 2012. During his career, he has supervised the work of many graduate and undergraduate students in their research projects. Over the years, more than 50 revision papers from his students were published in the professional journal of the Quebec Association of Optometrists, l’Optométriste. Along his teaching career, he has tried to demonstrate the importance of research and science in the development of our profession, to stimulate the use of on-line research data banks and to motivate students to improve their writing skills, as a way to structure their thoughts. He has been thankful for the opportunity to teach to generations of bright young minds, the students in optometry.
Dr. Kristine Dalton, OD, MSc, PhD, Assistant Professor – University of Waterloo (sports vision, contact lenses)
Kristine Dalton is interested in the clinical aspects of optometric practice, particularly those relative to athletic performance, including contact lenses, refractive surgery, ocular health, injury prevention and vision training. She looks at eye movements and vision strategies used by athletes to collect information while playing sports; particularly how their vision strategies relate to information collection, balance and other biomechanical aspects of performance. Vision training, particularly vision strategy training to enhance athletic performance. Gross anatomy, structure, function and pathology of the human eye, particularly the anterior segment of the eye, including the tear film and cornea are also areas of interest. Dr. Dalton looks at interactions between the structure and composition of the tear film and corneal health. Contact lenses use for correction of pathology including Keratoconus, Pellucid Marginal Degeneration, and Dry Eye Disease
Dr. Hélène Kergoat, OD, MSc, PhD, FAAO Professor - Université de Montréal (neurophysiology of vision, clinical optometry)
Hélène Kergoat is full professor at the School of Optometry, University of Montreal. She received her Optometry degree (1978) from this same institution and her MSc (1987) and PhD degrees from the School of Optometry, University of Waterloo. Her main research interests are in visual neurophysiology, ocular blood flow and aging. She has been clinician-scientist of the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec and the Institute of Aging of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in the area of aging. She is the head of the Geriatric optometric clinic that she created at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal in 1994.
Dr. Sara MacIver, BSc, OD, FAAO Clinical Lecturer – University of Waterloo (ocular disease)
Sara MacIver is a clinical supervisor in the Ocular Health Clinic at the School of Optometry and Vision Science and at the Health Science Optometry clinic which is the School’s satellite clinic. She maintains a patient population of glaucoma, Diabetes, Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), uveitis, and other ocular diseases. The school’s satellite campus adjoins the family medicine practice associated with McMaster Medical School. Sarah has been involved in inter-professional collaboration with the family medicine practice and optometry. A part of this has been integrating Optometry learners and McMaster residents to help teach the benefits of inter professional relationships.
Dr. Daphne McCulloch, OD, PhD, Professor - University of Waterloo
Daphne McCulloch's formal education includes a Doctor of Optometry degree (Waterloo), Fellowship in Primary Care (Pennsylvania), and PhD degree (Indiana). She has held positions at the School of Optometry (Indiana), the Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto), and the Children's Hospital (Los Angeles). For the past 12 years, Dr. McCulloch has been a professor of visual neurophysiology at Vision Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University where she has been the Associate Dean for Research, Knowledge Transfer and Commercial Development. Dr. McCulloch's professional service also includes being the past Secretary of the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (ISCEV).
Dr. Benoit Tousignant, OD, MPH, Clinical Faculty, School of Optometry - Université de Montréal (public health, clinical optometry)
Benoit Tousignant is a community and public health eye care professional who has an active clinical profile in eye care with marginalized populations. He is interested in human resources for eye health capacity-building, management and policy making and has an established record in developing, managing, monitoring & evaluating training programs for health care workers. Dr. Tousignant is also experienced in tertiary education and administration, professional regulation, competency evaluation and research.