Michel Guillon PhD, FCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA, CCTI
Michel Guillon (Managing Director) has run the company since its inception; prior to this he was the Director of Clinical Research at the Cornea and Contact Lens Research Unit at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. His previous appointments have included Research Fellow at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Clinical Director at Hydron Europe Research Centre. Professor Guillon is a Past President of the International Society for Contact lens Research and Past European President of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators. To see some of Michel’s publications, click here.
Deborah Moore (Finance & Administration Director) joined the company as Administrator in 1994 and became a Director in 1996 with the responsibility for the company’s overall administration and financial management. Prior to joining she was the Personal Administrative Assistant to Professor Brien Holden at the Institute for Eye Research at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Sylvie Franz BOptom, MComm
Sylvie Franz (Director of International Operations) joined the company in 2016 and is based in California. Sylvie is an optometrist with over 20 years of experience in management of clinical research, product development, regulatory affairs and international business. She is responsible for developing and managing the company’s activities outside of the UK.
Trisha Patel BSc (Hons), CCRC
Trisha Patel (Director of UK Operations) is by initial training a biomedical scientist who further trained in clinical research management specialising in the ophthalmic field for the last five years. Trisha is involved with all aspects of clinical studies including data collection management, managing the clinical site and study operations and running the CRO part of the operation under the ISO quality system.
She is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) and is currently a board member of the UK Chapter of the ACRP.
Kishan Patel BSc (Hons)
Kishan Patel (Principal Clinical Investigator) has been with the company since 2013, and is involved with all clinical optometric aspects of study protocols. Previously Kishan has gained experience in Glaucoma research at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. Since qualifying as an optometrist in 2008 he has developed his professional skills in private practice, domiciliary and hospital work in addition to involvement with Eye medical camps in Malawi, Africa.
Ruchi Gupta MOptom (Hons), Optometry MCOptom
Ruchi Gupta is a Research Optometrist at Ocular Technology Group International Ltd. She graduated with a Masters of Optometry (Hons) from The University of Manchester in July 2014. During the Masters she worked both within a private & hospital setting, as well as studying specialist modules. Ruchi joined OTGi in 2015 and is involved within the clinical investigation during trials and has worked on numerous studies including contact lenses, dry eyes and in-vitro laboratory investigations.
Anand Patel BSc (Hons)
Anand Patel is a Sub Clinical Investigator and has been with the company since 2016. He is involved with all clinical aspects of study protocols. Since qualifying as an optometrist in 2009 he has developed his professional skills in private practice, including domiciliary and hospital work. He has also done further training in refractive surgery including LASIK, LASEK and Intraocular Lens procedures.
Priya Bhagani BSc (Hons) Optometry MSc Innovation Entrepreneurship and Management
Priya Bhagani is a Sub Clinical Investigator at Ocular Technology Group International Ltd and has been with the company since 2016 Ltd. Priya graduated in Optometry from The University of Manchester in July 2012. During her pre-registration year she worked both within a private & hospital setting. Since then she has further developed her skills whilst working in community based practice. She has also completed a Business Masters in 2016 at Imperial College London.
Berdina is our Receptionist/Patient Liaison and Recruitment Specialist for over 20 years at OTGi. Berdina is responsible for the professional and inviting environment of the clinic and is highly regarded by our volunteers. Berdina is responsible for organising and scheduling the appointments for our many volunteers for the various contact lens and dry eye studies.
Victoria Danquah Bsc (Hons)
Victoria is a Research Assistant at OTGi. She has experience in early phase clinical research from previously working at Parexel, Northwick Park Hospital. Her duties involve various aspects of clinical trials ranging from data entry to the carrying out of clinical procedures.
Eivyde Matuseviciute BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
Eivyde Matusevicute has been a part time Research Assistant at Ocular Technology Group – International since April 2016. She is involved in many aspects of clinical trials from initial set up and recruitment to archiving and destruction including carrying out specialised tests on volunteers. Eivyde is also studying MSc Clinical Drug Development in University College London.
Misha McIntosh BSc (Hons)
Misha McIntosh is a Clinical Research Data assistant at Ocular Technology Group International Ltd. Since graduating at Salford University in 2015, she has worked at Leeds teaching hospital as a biomedical support worker, providing laboratory administration support for the haematology and biochemistry scientists. She has experience managing Phase I to III clinical data from previously working at Covance. Her duties involve data collection, monitoring and statistical analysis.
Ali Mearza MB BS FRCOphth
Our Medical Monitor is Mr Ali Mearza . He has been an ophthalmic consultant for 10 years and is currently the Clinical Director of Ophthalmology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. His sub-specialist interests are cornea, cataract and laser refractive surgery.He has over 30 publications to his name and has presented his work at numerous National and International meetings.
This important compilation of articles (nearly 600 pages) follows from the Gaffney Turtle Symposium held in October 2009 at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, Drumheller, Alberta, Canada. The scientific meeting honored the work of Eugene S. Gaffney, paleontologist and pioneer in the application of cladistics to the study of turtle evolution. Morphology and Evolution of Turtles was conceived as a festschrift volume to the congress. As stated in the preface, such a volume “would ideally contain a mix of focused papers that would appeal to specialists, along with papers having a broader scope that would appeal to a more general audience.” The editors have certainly tried to achieve this.
Morphology and Evolution of Turtles is organized into six sections. The first section is a brief tribute to Eugene Gaffney (Perspectives on the Life and Accomplishments of Eugene S. Gaffney), including an autobiography by the celebrated scientist.
The second section is centered on the hotly debated issue of “The Origin of Turtles,” the third section concerns “The Early Diversification of Turtles,” the fourth section focuses on the “Diversity and Biogeography of Pleurodira,” and the fifth section presents “Diversity, Biogeography, and Paleobiology of Late Cretaceous and Tertiary Turtles.” The final section deals with “Pathologies, Anomalies, and Variation in Turtle Skeletons.” The second section starts (Chapter 3) with an interesting review on the ancestry of Chelonia. Chapter 4 discusses hypotheses concerning the ontogenetic origin of the turtle body plan, whereas Chapter 6 presents the case for a multidisciplinary approach to the study of turtle morphological evolution. The chapter on “The Evolution of the Turtle Shell” might seem a little redundant, but it actually has a special focus on the history of science. The last chapter in this section provides a morphometric analysis of internal carotid circulation in turtles.
Most of the papers from the following three sections are devoted to the description and discussion of new fossil types, ranging from the Jurassic to the Miocene (Chapters 8–10, 12–18, 21, 25, and 26), often including a phylogenetic analysis (Chapters 8, 9, 13–15, 20, and 21). Chapters 14 and 18 also deal with biogeography or ecology. Chapter 11 describes the rediscovery of a lost holotype, whereas Chapter 22 is a re-examination of two holotypes. Chapters 19, 20, and 23 review Cretaceous turtle diversity in Eastern Central Europe, New Mexico, and Asia, respectively (although in the latter case, the review is restricted to Trionychidae). Chapter 24 relates the story of sea turtle fossil discovery in Europe.
Except for the introductory one, the final section is the shortest of the volume (only two chapters). It begins with an extensive review of abnormalities in turtle skeletons and ends with a description of the morphological variation found in Terrapene coahuila.
The book is superbly edited and lavishly illustrated. Contributors come from the most reputed institutions in the world, covering North and South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. However, as is often the case in this kind of exercise, the result is a bit of a patchwork, with few links among the different papers. Indeed, many of the sections and chapters would have benefited from a broader introduction, to help place them in context. The balance between review papers and tightly focused papers favors the latter (238 vs. 300 pages, respectively), and even the reviews are sometimes very focused. Reviews such as Chapter 24 (Fossil European Sea Turtles: A Historical Perspective) and Chapter 27 (Osseous and Other Hard Tissue Pathologies in Turtles and Abnormalities of Mineral Deposition), although very well documented, may also seem a little out of place.
Finally, morphology and evolution are addressed only from the viewpoint of paleontology, and there is virtually nothing about extant species (the final section is an exception). Hopefully, noting that the book is part of Springer’s Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series should limit the risk of confusion about its scope. Overall, Morphology and Evolution of Turtles should appeal to a paleontologist more than to a researcher in any other field, let alone a more general audience. Despite its shortcomings, the book succeeds in showing the vitality of a field nourished by the seminal work of Eugene S. Gaffney.
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