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Heather Sheardown

Patricia Simpson

Heather Sheardown is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University, is cross-appointed to the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine and holds an adjunct appointment at the School of Optometry at the University of Waterloo.  She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Ophthalmic Biomaterials and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and was previously the Scientific Director of the 20/20 NSERC Ophthalmic Materials Research Network.  The focus of her research is materials for contact lenses, intraocular lenses and drug delivery to the eye.  She has published more than 120 papers in peer reviewed journals and holds 18 patents or provisional patents on novel materials and drug delivery systems for ocular applications.