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Your news at the heart of your Faculty of Dentistry / Issue 2 / February 28, 2013

Dean Allison with the CDAC visiting team during accreditation week, February 15th 2013


Tonight, February 28th, 6-9pm  Workshop on conflict resolution with Dr Robert Oppenheimer at Royal Victoria Hospital, H4 Nursing Lounge  (hosted by McGill Students in Healthcare Professional Alliance)

March 9th  CE course, "Pediatric Mini-Residency Module V: Management of Traumatic Injuries in the Primary and Mixed Dentitions," 8:00am - 4:30 pm. More info
March 12th  Research Seminar, "Evidence synthesis: subjectivity within an objective approach." More info
March 13th  Faculty Council Meeting - Impact of Budget Cuts on the Faculty will be discussed - MGH 5:30pm. All are encouraged to attend March 22nd  CE course, "Finding Evidence-Based Answers to Clinical Questions in a Busy Dental Practice," 1:30 to 5:00pm. More info

April 5th & 6th  CE course, "Creating Endodontic Excellence and Shaping and Cleaning Workshop." More info
April 20th  CE course, "Optimizing Esthetic Outcomes with Anterior Single Tooth Implants," 8:00am - 4:30pm. More info
SAVE THE DATE - May 11th  Annual Graduating Class Roast, Le Windsor Ballroom, 6:30pm-1:00am

Innovation and Excellence

Table Clinics, Feb. 18th 2013

Congratulations to the 2013 Table Clinics Winners
  • First Prize - CDA/Dentsply, Best Undergrad Poster - Carley Dool and Hannah Kashyap
  • Second Prize - Montreal Dental Club Prize - Faras Al Halabi
  • Third Prize - McGill Dental Faculty - Anne Beaudin
  • Alpha Omega/Mount Royal Dental Society Prize - Best Multi-Disciplinary Resident Presentation - Yonit Rebibo and Amanda Cristinziano
  • Hinman Award - Best Summer Research - Daniel Salah
  • Best Graduate Poster - McGill Dental Faculty - Nader Hamdan
 MSc granted February 2013:
  • Congratulations to Patricia Bendeira de Oliveira (R. Albuquerque/J. Feine) - "Comparing two methods of surgical treatment planning with mini dental implants"
  • Congratulations to Jelena Djokic (D. Reinhardt) - "Molecular properties of fibulin -3, -4 and -5"
  • Congratulations to Mahsa Esfandiari (C. Bedos/S. Esfandiari) - "Can oral health technology assessment promote evidence-based decision making in undergraduate dental faculties"
  • Congratulations to Waleed Zaid (S. Komarova/M. El-Hakim) - "In vitro effects of bisophosphonates on oral squamous cell carcinoma BHY cells and BHY-induced osteoclasts"
Dr. Laura Stone: Chronic pain alters DNA marking in the brain. Press release and article
This year’s 10th Annual Chinese New Year dinner raised approximately 14 000$ with over 400 people in attendance. Some highlights included Kevin Wu (Dent-P student) with a live Cello performance, Daniel (DMD 1) and his brother Avi Abramov (Tam Tam show by D&A Production), DMD II student Robert Vincelli & his band (Sweet Talking Liars). Xiao Li (DMD II student) event’s photographer throughout the night, paintings from Laura Mancini (DMD IV student) and from Dominique Czerednikow (Chantal Czerednikow's –DMD IV- older sister) sold in the silent auction. The organizing committee wishes to thank everyone who attended and supported this important cause.

Laboratory of Dr. Marc McKee: Gains made towards treatment of rare bone diseasePress release


Mobile Outreach Clinic, Feb. 2013 – Share the Warmth / Photo Ioana Dumitru

March 7th  Outreach Clinic, Famijeunes, 3904 Notre Dame West. Schedule

Important Calendar Dates

March 1st  Deadline for applications for Summer Research Scholarships 2013 (Dent P, DMD 1, DMD 2). More info
March 3rd  Deadline to complete Online Course Evaluations for Dent410 Clinical Practice. More info and direct access
August 19th  DMD III start date


Participate in Montreal’s first Sharing Smiles DayMore info

Applications for 2013 Summer Research Scholarships for Dental Students. Deadline March 1st. More info

Free Conference Sunday, March 3rd, "Une régénérescence des tissus du parodonte et de la pulpe dentaire." More info

Submissions for Research Day 2013: Deadline March 8thMore info

Nominations for Most Valuable Person Award: Deadline March 15thMore info

Nominations for Research Day 2014 Co-Chair: Deadline March 15thMore info

2013 Chinese New Year Dinner for Outreach a great success!

A message from Dean Allison

Photo Ioana Dumitru

On February 20th, our 2013 Annual Chinese New Year Dinner took place once again. The event was organized by our 2nd year DMD class to raise funds for the Faculty’s Outreach program. This year marked the 10th edition of the event that has become a tradition in our Faculty, one through which we all come together to advance an important part of our mission: serving the community. The event was a great success with over 400 people in attendance to support our outreach initiatives. The evening even featured many of our Faculty’s very own talented students who performed and donated their artworks for the silent auction. The event came to life with a live band, a cellist, dancing and wonderful prizes. It was a fun evening and an excellent example of everyone’s dedication to the Faculty and to the Outreach program.

Our continuous commitment as a Faculty is what has made our Outreach program a model for dental schools across Canada. It is the reason why its excellence was also particularly recognized during our recent accreditation. Thanks to all of you for participating in such great numbers. And a special thank you to Chloë Fung, Natashia Bose-Roberts, Nazanin Hojjati and Tina Imbriglio who did a fantastic job in organising this year’s dinner for a cause that is so important to us all in our Faculty and that, as we know, impacts so many lives in our community.

People News

Meet the Mcgill Faculty of Dentistry Staff at the MGH!

video created earlier this year by Meghan Myers-Colet

Did you know?

February 28th is Rare Disease Day

There are between 6,000 and 8,000 rare diseases affecting 1 in 12 Canadians. Many others are affected or at risk but remain undiagnosed and unaware. Rare diseases are often caused by mutations in a single gene, unlike more common complex diseases involving many genes.  Thus, progress in understanding and treating single-gene-mutation rare diseases may move at a faster pace than for more complex diseases. (Data from Canadian Association for Rare Disorders and Rare Disease Day 2013)
Read more on recent gains made towards the treatment of a rare bone and tooth disease in our own Faculty, by the laboratory of Dr. Marc McKee.


Dr. Norman Miller has been appointed as Faculty Advisor for DMD students to help with academic, social and personal problems. His role is to manage issues in a non-official manner. Discussions with Dr. Miller are confidential. He can be reached at: (514) 398-5384 and

Please take note that, Ms. Patricia Bassett and Ms. Maria Palumbo are back at their usual  location in B/15.

University-level candidates who applied to our 4-year Undergraduate Dental Program will be interviewed March 11th and March 13th. The interviews will take place at the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building.

McGill-Wide Announcements

McGill-wide 13:1 petition against Government Cuts: Link
Updates on government budget cuts: Link
Air Canada online booking (Procurement Services): By popular demand, it is now possible for McGill staff to book University-related travel online via Air Canada’s “Rewards for Business” website. More info
McGill has signed an agreement with Porter Airlines (Procurement Services): Procurement Services is pleased to announce an agreement with Porter Airlines applicable to all University-related travel. Effective immediately, McGill travellers can benefit from contracted discounts. More info
New Security uniforms as of Feb. 25: Security Services’ uniformed personnel will have a new and improved look starting Feb. 25. Read about this and more in The Dispatcher, the Security Services newsletter.
Walksafe is a free night time accompaniement service available to McGill staff, students and other residents of the Island of Montreal. More info
Self-defence course for women taught by McGill Security Services, March 22nd-23rd, $20. More info

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