Issue 117 / August 26th, 2020

This Month in Dentistry



Students Welcomed Back to the Faculty
The Fall term has yet to start for many McGillians. Yet as usual, undergraduate students in the Faculty of Dentistry have taken an early start in the preclinical simulation lab. Equipped with the safest PPE measures and reconfiguring the space in the preclinical lab to accommodate students and physical distancing to ensure the health and safety of students and instructors. For students, it's an exciting return to the preclinic. For instructors, it's an equally exciting opportunity to continue teaching and mentor students. See more photos.



Making your Trip to the Dentist Safer

COVID-19 has made many things more tricky – an appointment with your dentist, for instance. A trio of students from dentistry and engineering have been putting a lot of thought into the nature of aerosols produced during a dental procedure, and the result of their work could be a new aerosol management system that is affordable, effective and practical.

Read more.


And donate to the Seeds of Change Campaign to make this vision a reality.



Introducing the Class of 2020

This convocation was surely different than years past, but no less special. Enjoy the Faculty of Dentistry's Virtual Convocation Ceremony, celebrating the graduating classes from undergraduate and graduate programs, and including special messages from the Faculty.

Watch now.



McCall MacBain Scholarship: A flagship graduate scholarship at McGill

A full graduate scholarship for Master's or PhD program and community to help you make a difference in the world. Deadline to apply is September 24.

Applications now open.


McGill named Regional Winner in Global Clinical Case Contest

The McGill University Faculty of Dentistry wins the North American session of Dentsply Sirona's Global Clinical Case Contest. The GCCC is a worldwide restorative dentistry contest for dental students. Having won the North American regional competition, Dr. Michel Sina Mounir (with Professors Dr. Beatriz Ferraz dos Santos and Dr. Berge Wazirian) will present their case during the Global Finals.

Read more about the GCCC.



Recent Events in Beirut

McGill University and the Faculty of Dentistry are deeply saddened by the tragic events that took place in Beirut. Our most heartfelt thoughts are with the victims and their families, as well the global Lebanese community, including students and alumni, during this difficult time. If you need support during this time, various McGill resources such as the Wellness Hub are available.

Student Wellness Hub.



Workday is now live

R2R Workday, McGill’s new Academic Personnel and HR Management System, went live on Tuesday, August 4. At this juncture, all McGill Academics and Administrative and Support Staff, most importantly those who supervise people, will have completed their training. For those of you who supervise people, it is critical that you are able to perform the actions required of you to avoid disruption to your direct reports.

Learn more.

Faculty News



Welcome to the Faculty: Dr. Julia Cohen-Levy

Dr. Cohen-Levy joins the Faculty of Dentistry. Dr Cohen-Levy is an orthodontist with a PhD in Neuro-science from University of Paris 6, France and 2 years of Postdoctoral fellowship in Sleep Apnea at the St-Justine Hospital.

Full of enthusiasm and energy, she is bringing her clinical and research expertise to the Faculty and will  share her contagious passion for orthodontics.

Welcome, Dr. Cohen-Levy!



Dr. Reinhardt named Distinguished James McGill Professor

The Distinguished James McGill Professorship (DJMP) is McGill’s highest honour, created in 2017. This year, the Office of the Provost and Vice Principal has selected 10 honorees for the award, including Faculty of Dentistry Professor Dr. Dieter Reinhardt, whose work focuses on the biogenesis, function and pathological aspects of the extracellular matrix and its interactions with cells.

Read more.


Happy Retirement!

The Faculty of Dentistry wishes all the best to Drs. Isaac Katz and Fred Muroff, who have each dedicated over 50 years of service to patients and society at large. As key faculty members in the endodontic and periodontic divisions, respectively, Drs. Katz and Muroff's contribution to McGill University is immense, and their impact on the profession through mentoring students will last for years to come.

Thank you for your  many years of service, Drs. Katz and Muroff!



Equity and Anti-Racism at McGill: Strategic Plan

After months of consultation over the 2019-2020 academic year with 100s of members of the McGill community, McGill’s first Strategic EDI Plan was endorsed in April 2020 by Senate and the Board of Governors. This Plan will ensure that EDI considerations are accounted for in all core University activities, and sets out a range of objectives and measures that McGill will undertake over the next five years.

Consult the Strategic EDI Plan, and read more about Equity at McGill.


Virtual Learning



CSDH: Connecting with Patients with Nonverbal or Limited Communication Skills

The Canadian Society for Disability and Oral Health hosts the second in a series of discussions dedicated to improving the oral health and quality of life of people with special needs. In this edition, the panelists discuss the challenge of connecting with patients with nonverbal or limited communication skills in the dental health setting and offer practical insight and solutions from a variety of perspectives.

Watch now.


Oasis-CADR: Update on Canadian Oral Cancer Research

In this edition of the ongoing Oasis-CADR webseries, three Canadian Association for Dentistry Research members, including Dr. Belinda Nicolau, discuss some recent clinically-relevant oral cancer research, and its significance among patients and dental professionals.

Watch now.




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