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Your news at the heart of your Faculty of Dentistry / Issue 43 / April 9th, 2015

Prestigious PBEEE Awards granted to Akanksha Srivastava and Mohamed Nur Abdallah 

Congratulations to Mohamed Nur Abdallah and Akanksha Srivastava for receiving the prestigious PBEEE awards! Both students are highly accomplished and placed first in their respective categories. This program is administered by Le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT / FQRNT) and is open to all foreign nationals in graduate programs at Quebec Universities. Read the full story here

10th Annual Faculty of Dentistry Research Day Winners

The Faculty of Dentistry Research Day has always been an excellent opportunity for graduate students, trainees, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants and research associates to showcase their research work. And this year was no different. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the day was packed with intellectually inspiring graduate research work from a wide range of subjects from both Research Divisions. Read here for all of the winners. 

McGill students receive awards at IADR Annual Meeting and Exhibition

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) held its Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Boston last month. Xixi Wu was presented with the IADR Implant Research Group Young Investigators Prize for Student Research and Mohamed Nur Abdullah recieved the CADR-NCOHR Student Research Award. Read the full story here.

PhD Student Basem Danish wins NCOHR Video Contest 

Congratulations to Basem Danish on his first place finish in the Network of Canadian Oral Health Research Video Contest! His video titled “Inequalities in oral health and access to dental services among Canadians” was selected by the judges as the best video in the category Impact of Canadian Oral Health Research. Two fellow McGill Graduate students tied for second place. Read the full story here.  

Three PhD students successfully defend thesis 

The past month has been a successful one for our graduate students, three of whom have successfully defended their PhD thesis. Congratulations to Zaher Jabbour, Cui Cui and Hazem Eimar! Read more about them here

Faculty Budget Update

At our last Faculty council, Dean Allison presented us with the most recent budget updates. Find his presentation with a description of our Operating Funds, our Income Generating Funds and our Restricted Funds attached here


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The MDGSS Cultural Food Day on April 16, 2015 @ 2001 McGill College Avenue 

Toronto Alumni Cocktail on May 7, 2015 @ The Loose Moose, Toronto

MDGSS Seminar: Management of paediatric obstructive sleep apnea from the dentist point of view: Do we have a real impact? on May 8, 2015 @ Strathcona 

Montreal Alumni Cocktail on May 25, 2015 @ Chez Plume, The Intercontinental Hotel, Montreal

Journées dentaire internationales du Québec from May 22 – 26, 2015 @ Le Palais des congrès de Montréal 

Important Dates

Friday, April 10 – Applications due for NCOHR’s Summer Research Institute Grant

Wednesday, April 15 - Breakfast with the Dean @ 2001 McGill College

Tuesday, April 28 - Breakfast with the Dean @ 2001 McGill College

Monday, May 11 - Breakfast with the Dean @ 2001 McGill College

Friday, May 29 - Spring Convocation

Wednesday, June 3 – Faculty Council @ Strathcona


Employment Opportunity:  Research Associate 

Johns Hopkins Summer Courses in Epidemiology and Biostatistics 

Applied Mixed Methods in Oral Health Research:  Summer Research Institute at McGill University Faculty of Dentistry  

Employment Opportunity: Full-time tenure track/tenured position, joint appointment with the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry in Pain Research 

Employment Opportunity: Five full-time tenure track positions linked to the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Human Pain Genetics 

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute announced Québec Tuition Fee Exemptions for Indian Students 

Employment Opportunity: Chief of the Department of Dentistry & Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of the McGill University Health Center

McGill Wide Events

Dr. Luda Diatchenko to speak at In Her Own Words: Stories from Distinguished Research Careers: April 15, 2015

Some of McGill’s most accomplished women researchers, including Dr. Luda Diatchenko, share experiences and advice on advancing a career in academia or academic administration. 

Quebec budget brings more cuts to universities: On March 26, Quebec's Minister of Finance, Carlos Leitão, tabled the provincial budget. This is Quebec's first balanced budget since 2008, but it represents a reduction in total allocations to universities and CEGEPS of some $100 million. Provost Anthony C. Masi comments on what this new economic reality means for McGill. Read the Provost's statement.


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