CORE Director Tops Expertscape Global Contact Lens List

Multiple CORE Staff Achieve High Rankings; University of Waterloo Also Recognized

WATERLOO, ONTARIO, July 18, 2019—Expertscape has recognized multiple scientists and researchers at the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) as among the world’s most respected contact lens authorities.  Lyndon Jones, PhD, DSc, FCOptom, FAAO, director of CORE, was ranked as the number one global expert. The University of Waterloo placed second among institutions.

The biomedical-focused website objectively ranks people and institutions by their expertise in more than 27,000 topics, based on searches of PubMed-logged articles spanning the past decade. Expertscape allows health care professionals and consumers to find the best institutions, the leading experts, and the latest publications about a range of medical subjects. The entire contact lens ranking can be accessed at

“I’m humbled to be recognized alongside so many peers from around the world who are constantly adding to the growing and fascinating body of knowledge surrounding various contact lens-related topics,” said Dr. Jones. “They are close collaborators, incredibly talented professionals and personal friends in many cases. Day in and day out at CORE, I’m privileged to partner with the most dedicated and brilliant leaders in the field. It’s our life’s work and such an honor to be recognized for the contributions our team has made—and there’s so much more ahead.”

Four current CORE team members are ranked among the top 60 contact lens experts:

  • #1 Lyndon Jones, PhD, DSc, FCOptom, FAAO, CORE director, professor
  • #23 Desmond Fonn, MOptom, FAAO distinguished professor emeritus and founding director
  • #48 Doerte Luensmann, PhD, Dipl Ing (AO), FAAO, senior clinical scientist
  • #58 Chau-Minh Phan, MSc, PhD, postdoctoral fellow

Two faculty members at the School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of Waterloo are also among the top 60:

  • #25 Luigina Sorbara, OD, MSc, FAAO, professor
  • #45 Trefford Simpson, MSc, PhD, DipOptom, professor

In addition, the list includes four former CORE staff members who have transitioned to roles across the ophthalmic spectrum, including research and development roles with global manufacturers, consultancies and academic centers.

“Seeing the prominence of both current and former colleagues makes us feel proud of the wonderful people who have contributed to CORE’s legacy of research, and illustrates the remarkable impact of our centre over the last three decades,” said Dr. Jones.

CORE also is represented on Expertscape’s contact lens solutions global experts’ list with four current and former staff members included in the top 20. Dr. Jones is ranked number two.

CORE has been involved in some of the most meaningful advancements in the history of contact lenses, including the evolution of silicone hydrogel lenses and extended wear, the development of the daily disposable lens modality, and understanding dropout and dissatisfaction with lens wear. Many of the contact lens and dry eye products currently on the market have undergone preliminary testing at CORE prior to their regulatory approval. The organization is also at the forefront of evaluating myopia management contact lenses, in addition to other medical device and pharmacological-based myopia treatments.

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About the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE)

The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) was established in 1988 at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science. Over the next three decades, the organization evolved from a three-person operation into a thriving hub of basic and applied research, collaborating with sponsors, agencies and academia on advanced biosciences, clinical research and education. Its uncompromising independence and results of the highest quality have been at the heart of many of the most prominent advances in eye health. Today, its approximately 50-person team serves a range of ophthalmic sectors, including medical devices, ocular pharmaceuticals, digital technology and others, with a focus on the anterior segment. For more information, please visit



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