Issue 104 / March 1st, 2019


What’s Your McGill Moment?

On a single day in 2018, thousands of McGillians joined together for #McGill24, raising nearly $1.9 million to support students, teaching, and research. The Faculty of Dentistry is incredibly #McGillProud to be part of such a generous community. Dentistry is already making a big impact in the community—from our many free clinics, various outreach activities, and efforts promoting oral health in Montreal—but this year, we’re gearing up to make an even greater difference. On March 13, share your McGill moment and join in at:​



Remembering Dr. Robert Wiener

Robert Wiener (DDS ‘36), Canada's oldest man and McGill Dentistry alumnus, passed away at the age of 110 on February 17th. The Faculty of Dentistry mourns his passing, and celebrates his many achievements, enduring commitment to serving his community, and the example he set for his students, colleagues, friends, and family.
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Dentistry Alum Receives CDA Distinguished Service Award

Congratulations to Dentistry alumni Dr. Paul Kavanagh (DDS ‘79), who was recognized by the Canadian Dental Association with the prestigious Distinguished Service Award. The award is given to dental professionals who demonstrate outstanding contributions to dentistry and committed service over the years. Congratulations, Dr. Kavanagh! Read more.





NSRC Announces New Grant to Foster Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Research 

“Efforts to promote science are important for a forward-looking and welcoming research community that leaves no one on the sidelines,” writes Minister of Science and Sport Kristy Duncan. In this article, NSERC announce the creation of a new fund to foster equity, diversity, and inclusion in research, and champions the diversity of Canadian research communities. In fact, “Canada’s Research Community is as Diverse as Our Country.” Read more about this new grant.



Dentistry PhD Student Competing in Dobson Cup Finals

PhD student Yara Oweis has reached the final stage in the Health Sciences Track of the Dobson Cup entrepreneurship competition. Working in Dr. Tamimi’s lab, Oweis’ research on C-Marker–a new composite disclosing agent that will revolutionize the way dentists identify the margins of white fillings–will compete against 40 startup teams for over $200,000 in seed funding. Read more about the Dobson cup, and be sure to cheer for Yara during the finals on March 27, 2019.




Oral Health Research: Thinking Out of the Box

“We urgently need ongoing policies, public strategies, and research to prevent oral disease,” writes Dean Elham Emami. In this CIHR spotlight, she discusses how interprofessional collaboration and thinking out of the box can lead to novel solutions for persistent societal problems. Read more.




JGH takes increasingly active role in dental research

Drs. Ana Velly and Mervyn Gornitsky are leading dental research at the Jewish General Hospital, highlighting the growing connection between oral health and general health. Read more.



Dentistry Research on Expert Panel for Report on Medical Assistance in Dying

Invited by the Council of Canadian Academies, Dr. Mary Ellen Macdonald was part of an independent expert panel investigating the state of knowledge on medical assistance in dying for mature minors. Considered the ‘best minds’ in their fields, CCA panel members help inform policy and public health. Read more.






A Historic Gift: The McCall MacBain Foundation

$200-million gift will establish the leadership-driven McCall MacBain Scholarships for outstanding graduate students. Known for its community leadership and altruism in higher education, Dentistry is sure to nominate McCall MacBain Scholars in the years to come. Read more.




Black History Month @ McGill and Dentistry

This year, McGill celebrated Black History Month; to mark the occasion, the Faculty of Dentistry launched a new initiative, the Popcorn, Cinema, and Debate on Health (and Dentistry) screening series to reflect on issues related to health and society. On February 20, the Dentistry community gathered to watch and discuss Sidney Poitier’s 1950 acting debut, No Way Out. We thank the many BHM event organizers and community members that helped celebrate and centre Blackness at McGill University. 




Night at the Museum: A Fundraising Success

On February 2nd, the Faculty of Dentistry celebrated the 21st anniversary of the Outreach program with a night at the Museum of Fine Arts. With art appreciation, a variety of prizes, and live music–this night at the museum was one to remember. Continue reading about the Faculty’s largest fundraising event for community outreach here.



March 2nd: Nuit Blanche @ McGill

On March 2, join us during Nuit Blanche, as McGill comes alive at night! From flashlight tours of Redpath Hall, multimedia installations, and live performances, Nuit Blanche promises to bring the past, present, and future of McGill to life. For more information and to register, click here.



Our Condolences

The Faculty of Dentistry offers its most heartfelt condolences to Carol D’Souza, who mourns the loss of her mother. Memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Arthritis Society.




Food for Thought: Key Health Inequalities in Canada

In their latest report, the Public Health Agency of Canada traces the “inability to chew” as a marker of poor oral health, “particularly pronounced between socioeconomic groups.” This month, the Faculty of Dentistry encourages its members to learn more about inequalities in health in Canada by reading the report, and watching an informative video here.









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