Issue 115 / June 5th, 2020

COVID-19 & Research News



The case for Chronotherapy in COVID‐19

In this new review article, Dr. Faleh Tamimi et al.hypothesize chronotherapy may be used to effectively manage ARDS in COVID‐19 patients due to the intrinsic circadian clock of the lung and the immune system.

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Introducing the Canadian Society for Disability and Oral Health

The Canadian Society for Disability and Oral Health (CSDH) is a new initiative that brings together everyone working with patients who have special needs, including students, hygienists, assistants, dentists, and other health professionals. The CSDH provides connections, resources, and information with the goal of improving the oral health of this priority population.

Read more. 

And join the CSDH Facebook group!



COVID-19: Perspective of a Dean of Dentistry

In this article published in the JDR Clinical & Translational ResearchDean Elham Emami gives her perspective on how COVID-19 affects dental schools,and dentistry at large.

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Dentistry Professor Volunteers to support fight against COVID-19

Dr. Firoozeh Samim is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry, but given the COVID-19 crisis, she has taken on an additional role. As a volunteer dentist at the Jewish General Hospital, Dr. Samim provides support for infection prevention and control in CHSLDs.

Read more.



Welcome Hall Mission volunteers help those in need

Volunteers are the backbone of any community organization effort. We are humbled to see the Welcome Hall Mission partner with the Fondation de l'ordre des dentistes du Québec to help people in need and promote oral health in our communities.

Thank you!



Bones in space: understanding past to move forward

In this new article, Dr. Svetlana Komarova et al. are closing gaps in knowledge to help guide the planning of future missions in space. Although bone research remains a pillar of dental science research, its applications at large are even helping scientists reach the final frontier.

Read the research blog post.

Undergraduate Research Spotlight


Summer Research Sparks Success for Students

For students around the world, summer spells a period of rest and relaxation. But for third year Dentistry student Jiayi Li and many others immersed in summer research projects, the few months that normally account for downtime in the academic year present unique opportunities to spark an interest in and ultimately kick-start a career in research.

Read more.


Dentistry students receives NSERC Award to further understanding of bone

The NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award is meant to nurture interest and fully develop a student's potential for a research career in the natural sciences and engineering. Prana Khayargoli's work on the formation of fibrolamellar bone has been granted this important award from NSERC.



Awards & Kudos



Congratulations on your retirement, Maria!

Graduate Program Coordinator Maria Palumbo has been a positive presence in the Faculty offices for years. It is with a heavy heart that we wish her the best in retirement. Maria will be missed by many! 

Send her your best wishes here.



Heba Madi elected CADR/NCOHR Councelor-At-Large

Congratulations Heba Madi who has been elected Councilor-At-Large of the CADR/NCOHR Student Research Group. Heba is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Dentistry and is also the President of the MDGSS.



Dentistry Professor Receives Emerging Researcher Award

For his research on pain and opioid use, Dr. Etienne Vachon-Presseau received an FRQS research award, in addition to an award for emerging researchers. Recently, the Vachon-Presseau lab research was selected as cover illustration of the journal, Brain.

Congratulations, and read the article that made the cover of Brain.


Montrealer becomes Princeton's first Black valedictorian

Montrealer Nicholas Johnson was named Princeton's Valedictorian; when asked about his son's accomplishments, McGill alumn Dexter Johnson (DDS '89) said, "For us this is a major milestone. Not only for black people, but for the world in general."

Read more.



McGill Alumnus Awarded IADR Gold Medal

University of Toronto Professor Barry Sessle was awarded the International Association of Dental Research's highest honour, the Gold Medal, in recognition of his contributions to science. This year is also marks the 20th anniversary since Dr. Sessle received an Honorary DSc. from McGill.

Read more.



Dean Emami receives Fellowship from American College of Dentists

Dean Elham Emami has received an important Fellowship in the American College of Dentists; this title reflects exceptional leadership, achievements, and involvement in the dental profession and in the community.

Congratulations, Dr. Emami!

This Month in Dentistry


Winter Outreach Event Returns to Traditions

During this time of uncertainty and restriction, we feel thankful that the Winter Outreach Event was still able to take place this year. The event was also a return to tradition. Throughout the years, the Winter Outreach Event organizers have explored various event formats, from galas to nights at the museum. This year, the team decided to return the event to its roots and host a Chinese dinner, as did the many cohorts of dental students in years past. 

Thank you, from the Winter Outreach Event team.



Faculty Welcomes Dr. Reza Sharif-Naeini as Associate Member

The Faculty welcomes Dr. Reza Sharif-Naeini

Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology & Cell Information Systems Group, as an associate member working on advances in neurophysiology and pain research.


Dentistry Entrepreneur Receives Bombardier Foundation Grant

Dr. Ashwaq Al-Hashedi, Faculty of Dentistry post-doc and founder of INViCARE, has received the Huguette Fontaine Grant for the Technological Innovation Sector from the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation.

Read more.




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