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Your news at the heart of your Faculty of Dentistry / Issue 46 / May 21st, 2015

Student Spotlight – Anthony Rossi ready for year ahead as President of the DSS

Anthony Rossi is set to assume the position of President of the Dental Student Society. After finishing his DEC at John Abbott College, Anthony was accepted into the Dent-P Program and has volunteered his time and knowledge ever since. With his varied experiences and strong sense of leadership, he has big plans as President. I sat down with him to talk about next year. Read the interview here

Dr. Bruce Dobby recognized for years of outstanding service to the University 

Dr. Bruce Dobby, Outreach Program Co-Director, was recognized for years of unwavering dedication and commitment to the Faculty, University and Montreal community. Dr. Dobby was awarded the Distinguished Service Award at this year’s McGill Alumni Association Honours and Awards Banquet. Congratulations Dr. Dobby for this well-deserved award! Read the full story here

Outstanding Alumnus Award goes to Dr. Melvin Schwartz

Congratulations to this year’s winner of the Faculty of Dentistry Outstanding Alumnus Award Dr. Mel Schwartz, Chief of the Dental Department at the Jewish General Hospital! Dr. Schwartz has provided and continues to provide outstanding service to the residents, patients and colleagues who visit and work at the JGH. Read the full story here

Drs. Lesley Bergman and Sarah Lachine receive the Dr. Mel Schwartz Award for Excellent Patient Care in the GPR Program 

Congratulations to both Drs. Lesley Bergman (McGill DMD 2014) and Sarah Lachaine for the outstanding work they have done in the GPR Program this year. The award, given to both doctors, recognizes the excellent quality of clinical care they have provided to patients as a dental resident. Read the full story here.

Au revoir! Dr. Dagenais accepts full time position with the NDEB

Dr. Marie Dagenais has recently announced that she will be leaving the Faculty for a new venture with the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) in Ottawa. Dr. Dagenais will assume the position of Director of Examinations and Credential Verification. Over the last nearly 30 years she has had a large impact on the Faculty and will be sorely missed. Read the full story here

Celine Ash and Nikoo Taghavi awarded Most Valuable Person Award

Congratulations to Celine Ash and Nikoo Taghavi for being awarded the Faculty’s Most Valuable Person Award. Both have been selected for their outstanding contributions to the Faculty. Celine and Nikoo have been central to much of the efforts as the Faculty has undergone tremendous change over the past year. Read the full story here

Dr. René St-Arnaud, Associate Faculty Member, appointed as Director of Research of Shriners Hospitals 

Congratulation to Dr. René St- Arnaud for being appointed as Director of Research of Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada. Appointed Acting Director of Research in 2011. Dr. St-Arnaud also holds cross-appointments as a tenured Full Professor of Medicine, Surgery, and Human Genetics at McGill University, where he is also cross-appointed to the Faculty of Dentistry. 

2015 – 2016 Dental Student Society Committee Selected

The 2015 – 2016 DSS Executive Committee has been voted. To see the full list of members click here.

In and Around the Faculty

2015 Graduation Roast videos are here! 



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, May 29 – Spring Convocation and champagne luncheon

Monday, June 1 – Breakfast with the Dean @ 2001 McGill College

Wednesday, June 3 – Faculty Council @ Strathcona

Wednesday, June 17Annual Spring Dinner 


American Academy of Implant Dentistry Foundation (AAIDF) call for grant applications 

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 


Marelli B; Le Nihouannen D; Hacking SA; Tran S; Li J; Murshed M; Doillon CJ; Ghezzi CE; Zhang YL; Nazhat SN; Barralet JE. Newly identified interfibrillar collagen crosslinking suppresses cell proliferation and remodelling. Biomaterials. 54:126-35, 2015 Jun.

Lim TK; Shi XQ; Johnson JM; Rone MB; Antel JP; David S; Zhang J. Peripheral nerve injury induces persistent vascular dysfunction and endoneurial hypoxia, contributing to the genesis of neuropathic pain. Journal of Neuroscience. 35(8):3346-59, 2015 Feb 25.

Alvarado S; Tajerian M; Suderman M; Machnes Z; Pierfelice S; Millecamps M; Stone LS; Szyf M. An epigenetic hypothesis for the genomic memory of pain. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. 9:88, 2015.

Cortes AR; Pinheiro LR; Cavalcanti MG; Arita ES; Tamimi F. Sinus floor bone failures in maxillary sinus floor augmentation: a case-control study. Clinical Implant Dentistry & Related Research. 17(2):335-42, 2015 Apr.

Rafiei S; Tiedemann K; Tabaries S; Siegel P.M; Komarova S.V. Peroxiredoxin 4: A novel secreted mediator of cancer induced osteoclastogenesis. Cancer Letters. 361(2):262-270, 2015.

Geffers M; Barralet J.E; Grolla J; Gbureck U. Dual-setting brushite-silica gel cements. Acta Biomaterialia. 11(1):467-476, 2015.



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