Issue 114 / April 17th, 2020

Message from Dean Elham Emami - COVID-19


To all members of the Faculty of Dentistry, including learners, faculty, and staff,


Firstly, I would like to express how humbled I am by your resilience and dedication during this challenging time. We may all be practicing physical distancing to ensure our well-being and that of our community, yet it is precisely during this time that our dearest friends and colleagues remain at the front of our minds. We are a small community, and this crisis will surely bring us closer together as we all share in this struggle. 


Despite the interruption to normalcy this pandemic has caused, we have much to be proud of.


The Faculty remains fully operational thanks to all academic and support staff for their ability to swiftly shift to this new mode of work. Our academics have successfully transitioned teaching activities to remote learning where possible, and students have demonstrated great resilience in adapting to the circumstances during this challenging time. All the while, the Faculty’s academics, dental residents, and oral health care givers continue to work on the front-line of patient care in McGill affiliated hospitals and are now deploying all the necessary measures to deal with a potential influx of patients with the virus.  


I am grateful to everyone and proud of your outstanding efforts and collaboration—we are all in this together and have already accomplished so much in this short time. Ultimately, I am confident that this crisis will strengthen our resolve towards building a healthier future for all. 


Read Dean Elham Emami's full message.


COVID-19 News and Resources



Dentistry in the time of COVID-19: a webcast with McGill experts

Featuring three of McGill’s leading experts in oral medicine and infection control management, this webcast tackles your most pressing questions about the dental profession during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. It also includes one special CE credit offered by the ODQ (more information in video description).

Watch now.



Teaching & Learning during COVID-19

McGill's Teaching And Learning Services provides resources for students to help them adapt to this new normal, in addition to resources for instructors on how to design, teach, and assess remote learning courses.



COVID-19 Information & Resources

Stay informed and up-to-date on all the resources offered by McGill that is available for students, staff, and faculty regarding COVID-19.

Read more.


McGill Researchers Develop COVID-19 Infection Control Advice

The need to reassess, reexamine, and create revised infection control protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic is great. A group of McGill Dentistry researchers have answered the call to develop evidence-based infection control advice for dental profession decision-makers.

Read more.

This Month in Dentistry



Dentistry Research to Further Understanding of Bone Health in Space

In addition to her recent appointment as Interim Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Dental Education, Dr. Svetlana Komarova's research project on bone health in altered gravity is among the Canadian Space Agency's eight funded new scientific investigations to help mitigate health risks for future space travelers.

Read more.


Dr. Bassel Kano Receives Fellowships

Dr. Bassel Kano, Associate Professor and Director of Endodontics, has received two important Fellowships: in the American College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Congratulations, Dr. Kano!


Dentistry Postdoc Receives Mitacs Accelerate Award to Advance Nanocrystal Gel Trials

Dr. Ashwaq Al-Hashedi, postdoctoral researcher and co-founder of INViCARE (a Montreal-based biotech startup that develops innovative nanobiomaterials to prevent and treat implant infections) has received the Mitacs Accelerate Entrepreneur Award to boost clinical trials of nanocrystal gels.

Read more.

Special Thanks to the 2020 Outreach Winter Event Sponsors







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