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Issue 98 / September 7th, 2018




Dear students and colleagues,


Let me welcome you in starting the new 2018-2019 academic year. This year commences with new beginnings; a new Dean, a new Executive Academic team, new students and new faculty projects.

As a brand new Dean I am so privileged to have begun my journey with a wonderful summer full of amazing events. Continue reading. 






Simon Tran

Congratulations to Dr. Simon Tran and his team of researchers for their recent grant success. Tran along with co-investigators Dr. Jan Seuntjens and Dr. Jiangping Wu received a $902 700 Project Grant award from the CIHR for their project entitled “The use of autologous cell extracts to repair injured salivary glands”. Continue reading. 





The Faculty of Dentistry was extremely well represented at the 96th Annual General Session and Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). The conference, held in London, England from July 25 to July 28, 2018, is the biggest of its kind for dental research. Over 30 Faculty members, post-docs, graduate students and undergraduate students were on site in London to represent the Faculty. Continue reading.​



Much to Smile About… in Jamaica and here at McGill

McGill Dentistry has taken a tremendous step forward in establishing a long-lasting school partnership and annual student trip to Jamaica with Great Shape! Inc. This trip is an opportunity to change lives. It not only positively impacts the oral health and economic livelihood of rural Jamaicans, it’s also an incredibly rewarding and educational experience for the dental student. Continue reading. 




Summer Clinic

A huge congratulations to all of those that participated in this year’s Summer Clinic! The clinic was a great success treating patients from all walks of life living in the Montreal area. Summer clinic offers a wonderful service to those living with physical or intellectual disabilities and youth that would otherwise not be able to access dental care. The clinic wouldn’t be possible without your dedication and support!



Combining traditional values with western science at the Eagle Spirit Science Futures Camp

The Eagle Spirit Camp is evolving. Launched in 2005 by the First Peoples’ House, it began as a three-day camp for Indigenous youth, hosted by McGill University, with a focus on sports, education and student life. Since then, nearly 350 youth have taken part in this annual camp, developing their leadership capacity and learning about each other’s cultures and traditions. Continue Reading.



Shanghai Global Ranking

The McGill Faculty of Dentistry has been ranked by the Shanghai Global Ranking as number 31 in the world and 3rd in Canada for Dental & Oral Sciences, after UBC and Toronto. This is a great achievement for a small Faculty like ours, especially given the fact that this ranking is not normalized to the size of the Faculty. See full results here.





The Faculty had a phenomenal year in 2017 – 2018 in all aspects of our teaching, research and community service mission. Have a look at our Year in Review infographic for an overview of the year in numbers.
See it here.







«Est-ce qu'on peut tolérer que des gens, dans notre société si riche, souffrent des dents et des infections qui puissent entraîner les maladies plus générales ? Est-ce que cela cadre bien avec les valeurs de notre société? Je ne suis pas sûr», soulève Christophe Bedos, chercheur et professeur adjoint à la faculté de médecine dentaire de l'Université McGill.

La Presse




Researchers have discovered how certain biological structures—like terrestrial and marine snail shells—can have spirals that go both clockwise and counterclockwise, not only within the same species, but also within the shell of an individual organism. “This work provides key information towards understanding how organisms can have biomineralized structures rotating in opposite directions,” says senior study author Marc McKee. Continue reading. 






McGill Wide


Library seeking faculty participants for interviews about the Library catalogue

The Library is seeking faculty members who are users of the library catalogue(s) to participate in semi-structured interviews about their use of the catalogue and to provide feedback on our upgraded catalogue. Interested in taking part? For more information on this initiative, click here


Extracurricular opportunities abound at McGill

As the new semester kicks off, students, staff and faculty are reminded to take advantage of the many activities offered at McGill. Whether it be stargazing, taking a walk in the woods, cheering on our varsity athletes, or enjoying a night at the opera, the scope of things to do (usually free or at a minimal cost) at the University is impressive. Find out more.​


Self-defense for women

Sign up now for RAD, a self-defense course for women taught by McGill Security Services. The one day basic training workshop is offered to all female students, faculty and staff at a cost of only $20. There will be two courses one on Friday, Sept. 21 (9 am to 5 pm) and the second course will take place on Friday, Sept. 28 (9 am to 5 pm). Once you have signed up you will receive more information on the course.  Get more information and register.





IADR Vancouver call for abstract / symposia proposal now open

Webinars for students: NSERC and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship

Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Awards (G.R.E.A.T.)

Health Promotion Canada 2018 Recognition Award 




- September 12, 2018: White Coat Ceremony


- September 22 – October 1, 2018: International Humanitarian Outreach to Jamaica


- September 29, 2018: Run for Outreach


- October 11 – 13 2018: Homecoming Celebration Weekend





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