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McGill University - Faculty of Dentistry
Your news at the heart of your Faculty of Dentistry / Issue 32 / June 19th, 2014

Important Calendar Dates

August 18th  DMD III academic year start date (tentative)


June 20th  Dr. Robert Miller's Annual Student BBQ. 12 noon, SADB Pre-clinical Lab M-60 (DMD I - IV)

June 20th  First-year McGill Medical and Dental students annual talent show, "McGill's Got Talent," for the benefit of the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation. 6:30 pm, Cabaret La Tulipe (4350 Papineau Ave.) More info

September 3rd  New Facility Grand Opening Event, 6pm, Redpath Hall

September 11th  White Coat Ceremony.

November 28th  Faculty of Dentistry OMFS Research Day. Keynote: Professor Richard Shaw.

Dean Allison giving a tour of the new facility to our Faculty Advisory Board

New to the Faculty

A message from Dean Allison

Dear colleagues and students,

It is a great pleasure to announce that as of July 1st, 2014, the new Director of the Division of Periodontics will be Dr. Omid Kiarash. As you know, in recent months the Faculty has engaged in a significant search process to identify a new Director of the Division of Periodontics and we are very pleased that Omid has accepted this important responsibility as a result of that process.

Omid is a DMD graduate of our Faculty in 2003, with a Diploma in Periodontics and Masters in Dentistry from Case Western Reserve University in 2006. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. Since returning to Montreal following his specialist training in the USA, he has been working in private practice, and has been heavily involved in the Montreal Rive-Sud ITI Study Club, the Quebec Association of Periodontics, including currently being its Treasurer, and a number of other continuing education activities.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to again thank Dr. Veronique Benhamou for her excellent work and service as Director of the Division of Periodontics. She has been instrumental in creating a very good undergraduate periodontal program at the Faculty and one which is in excellent shape as we move into the new facility and make changes to our curriculum linked with the creation of the new 1st and 2nd year courses in the MD and DMD programs.

I know you will all join me in welcoming Omid and thanking Veronique.

Dean Paul


DMD II: Become a summer clinic assistant! More info

Become a Dental Student Ambassador! Deadline August 15th. More info

Graduate Students: Graduate Certificate in Chronic Pain Management (online learning). More info

McGill University's Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Learning. Deadline June 20th. More info


Important information regarding room bookings in the new facility. More info

A note from McGill Athletics: To encourage more active commuting among McGill staff, Athletics and Recreation is pleased to offer a "Green Commuting" membership to the McGill gym. Aimed at urban cyclists who want to freshen up before work, access to the showers will be made available from 7:30 to 9:30am Monday through Friday, through to September 1 2014 for $10.00. For an additional $39.00, a towel and basket service is available (until Sept 1, 2014) allowing staff the use of a clean towel and a place to store their gear. Memberships can be purchased at the McGill Sports Complex (475 Pine Ave) from 8:30am to 6:30pm, Monday to Friday. Bike racks are located outside the McGill Sports Complex. Green commuters must swipe their McGill ID upon entrance to the gym.

McGill-wide Announcements

New Heartbleed Vulnerability Update, May 29th. Read here

Innovation and Excellence

Dr. Tamimi on Global Television being interviewed by Richard Dagenais

Dr. Faleh Tamimi was recently interviewed on Global Television for his research regarding the effects of melatonin on bones. Watch the interview here

Dr. Harshdeep Mangat, MSc. Candidate, Division of OMFS, placed second overall in competitive application for translational research in oral and maxillofacial surgery (Chalmers J. Lyons Association). Project: Intrinsic Vascularization of Bioceramic Scaffolds in a Small Animal Model, a collaborative effort with Dr. Jake Barralet, supported by our Faculty of Dentistry and the Dr. Joel Berger Fellowship in OMFS research.

Haider Abo Sharkh, OMFS: Ron Warren Award, Resident Research Scholarship (CAOMS Foundation). Project: Standardization of Clinical Care Pathways in Maxillofacial Surgery

Jordan Giglotti, OMFS: Ron Warren Award, Resident Research Scholarship (CAOMS foundation). Project: Identifying Delays in Treatment of Oral Cancer at a Canadian Tertiary Medical Centre

People News

A message from Rosemary Cooke

2014 Ride to Conquer Cancer® After 2 years off I am back in shape to take part in this epic journey to conquer this terrible disease. I am asking you to support me in reaching my goal of $4,000.00 to this cause.

Every penny counts; so you donate and I will bike with your name, and the names of all the people you are donating for, in my heart as I cycle the 250K plus ride.


Donate here

New Facility News

Update on the new pre-clinical lab here

Did you know?

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June 20th is UN World Refugee Day

"According to the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) the number of people currently in situations of displacement has hit 45 million, the highest figure for 14 years. 15.4 million internationally displaced refugees and 937,000 asylum seekers, as well as 28.8 million people forced to flee their homes within their own countries. As many as 55% of these refugees come from only five countries: Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Syria and Sudan. The United Nations' (UN) World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 each year. This event honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence." (Source McGill Newsroom)


Over the last 12 months, I have had the pleasure of interviewing many passionate faculty members and students to speak about various initiatives and milestones in our faculty. I want to thank all those who participated in sharing their insights and perspectives and I invite you to stay tuned for a very special conversation series feature this August.

Hear the interviews you've missed and listen again to your favorites below! I look forward to more conversations with you.

Valerie Khayat, Communications Officer (Faculty of Dentistry)

If you would like to suggest someone for our conversation series or participate yourself, don't be shy! Send a line here

Dr. Sam Abi Nader
June 6, 2013
Romantha Descartes
September 26th, 2013
Dr. Laura Stone and Dr. Richard Hovey / October 24th, 2013

Dr. Robert Dorion
November 21st, 2013
Christina Vroom
December 5th, 2013
Carlo Cimo
February 13th, 2014

Dr. Kwong Li and Dr. Bruce Dobby
March 27th, 2014
Dr. Jeffrey Myers
April 17th, 2014
Sina Hashemi
May 22nd, 2014

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