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Issue 100 / November 2nd, 2018






Service to the Community Program wins ADEAGies Award for Outstanding Vision

McGill’s Faculty of Dentistry has been named winner of the Award for Outstanding Vision, by the ADEAGies Foundation. Specifically, the Faculty is being celebrated for its Service to the Community Program, which provides free and reduced cost dental care for hundreds of Montreal’s most vulnerable people through a series of free clinics. One of the unique features the Faculty’s outreach work is that much of the clinical work is done by undergraduate or graduate students under the supervision of faculty members. Read more.




Discovering the properties of the avian eggshell

Egg shells are far from divulging their last secrets. Dr. Marc McKee and colleagues recently had a breakthrough discovering the mysteries of the shell's nanostracture. Watch the full documentary in French on Radio-Canada.




2018 Run for Outreach a Huge Success

Once again this year the annual Run for Outreach was a great success with many participants and over $8300 raised in support of the Service to the Community Program. Participants capped off their 5 or 10 km run with lunch on the mountain all together. See photos from the day here. ​




Universal Public Dental Coverage is Essential

Public dental coverage became a major issue in the recent Quebec election. It is high time to make this a reality. Millions of Canadians, and approximately 25 per cent of the population of this province, are unable to receive the dental treatment they need. We, dentists and dental public health professionals, call for the introduction of universal dental coverage in Quebec. Read the full opinion piece by Drs. Bedos and Nicolau.




Bone cell response to mechanical force is balance of injury and repair 

Researchers from the Faculty of Dentistry and Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada shed new light on the complex process involved in bone cells’ response to mechanical injury. The research, conducted by Dr. Svetlana Komarova and her lab, provides new insight on how the body adapts to all kinds of mechanical stresses – from pressure placed on bones during simple walking, to extreme forces experienced during intense exercise. Continue reading.




DMD IV graduation gift

The Class of 2019 is looking for DONATIONS! We will be assembling a graduation gift to the community which will include the following centres: Mile End Mission, Sun Youth, The Native Friendship Centre and Share the Warmth. Collection bins will be located in the Student Lounge and 5th floor reception desk until Friday, November 16th. Help us help those in need this holiday season! See full details. 







Open house 2018

On October 21st the Faculty of Dentistry, along with other health professional programs from the University, participated in the annual McGill Open House events. This year’s event was a huge success, attracting more than 7000 prospective students. Thank you to our Admissions Office and Student Ambassadors for making it such a success! Continue reading.




2018 Homecoming Celebrations Enjoyed by All

On October 12th the Faculty welcomed Dentistry Alumni for Homecoming to catch up and reconnect. Fun was had by all at Dean’s Breakfast, the Ernie Ambrose Lecture and the Alumni Cocktail. A special thank you to Dr. Lesley David, DDS’93 and Dr. Nick Makhoul, DMD’05 for engaging and sharing with us during the Ernie Ambrose Lecture. See photos from the event here.




2018 Student and Staff Health Fair

On Friday, October 26th 2018, an enthusiastic team of Faculty graduate students, a Dent-P student and staff promoted oral health and the Student and Staff Dental Clinic to over 150 McGill employees. Our booth was so popular, people chatted with us non-stop from 11:30 am to 2 pm. See photos from the day here.





Welcome Julie Brown, Development Officer 

The Faculty recently welcomed another member to its team, Julie Brown. Julie will be working alongside Natacha Lachaine as Development Officer to support the fundraising activities of the Faculty. Meet Julie. 



Every year student society representatives are elected by their peers. Here are our 2018 - 2019 undergraduate and graduate student representatives. For a full list of DSS and MDGSS members see here. 




In The News


Douleurs atroces à cause de ses dents 

Une femme des Laurentides ayant de graves problèmes de dents qui lui causent d’intenses douleurs aurait besoin de soins évalués à 15 000 $ qu’elle est incapable de se payer pour retrouver une vie normale (…) « Le système privé tel qu’il est augmente les inégalités sociales », dénonce le professeur à la Faculté de soins dentaires de l’Université McGill, Christophe Bedos. « J’appelle le nouveau gouvernement, la nouvelle Assemblée législative, à se pencher sur ce problème, car il y a des Québécois qui souffrent, qui sont dans les craques du système et cela va à l’encontre de nos grands principes de droits humains », revendique l’expert.

Journal de Montréal


Happy Birthday Dr. Wiener! 

The Faculty is the Alma Matter for Canada’s Oldest Man! Happy Birthday Dr. Wiener!! “The oldest man in Canada celebrates his 110th birthday [and he's a @DentistryMcGill grad!] … via @TheCJN


McGill Wide


Maclean’s ranks McGill No.1 for 14th-straight year 

For the 14th consecutive year, McGill has been ranked the top medical-doctoral university in Canada by Maclean’s Magazine. This year, however, the good news is shared with the University of Toronto, which tied with McGill for the No.1 spot. The two universities last finished in a tie atop the Maclean’s ranking in 2005. Full story.​





Free ADEA membership




- November 6, 2018: How to Build your Dream Team: Montreal Networking Panel


- November 7, 2018:  Paint for Pearly Whites



- November 8, 20187th Annual OMFS Research Day


- November 15, 2018: Cutting Edge Lectures in Science, Featuring Maryam Tabrizian


- December 12, 2018: Save the Date: Staff Christmas Party





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