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Your news at the heart of your Faculty of Dentistry / Issue 4 / March 28, 2013

It is with great sadness that the Faculty announces the tragic and sudden death of Dr. Tim Head on Friday March 22nd. Tim started as a member of the Faculty in 1980 and became head of the Faculty’s Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery unit, including the OMFS residency program from 1998-2008. He remained a very active member of the Division of OMFS and the Faculty and the broader dental community until his untimely death. He was heavily involved in the Canadian Association of OMFS, becoming President in 2000-01. He remained highly active in leadership roles concerning education in implantology, being president of the Canadian ITI-section. He was also a long time examiner for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. As a reflection of the esteem the Faculty held for Tim, he was the first internal (Faculty) member to be invited as the keynote speaker at the Faculty’s White Coat ceremony in September 2012.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues during this very difficult time. The Faculty, dental and broader community is in shock and mourns the loss of this mentor and very special man who has touched and enriched the lives of countless people. At the present time, Tim’s family has not expressed any intentions to hold a public funeral service. It goes without saying that our Faculty and the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery will, in due time, plan a memorial to recognize his invaluable contribution to our community and our profession. We will keep you all informed on these details.

We are certain many of you would like to extend your condolences and perhaps share your memories of Tim with his family. We invite you to send these at, which we will gather and relay to them on your behalf.

He will be greatly missed by so many.

Important Calendar Dates

April 5th  Deadline for nominations for the W.W. Wood Award for "Excellence in Dental Education." More info

End of April  DMD Class of 2015 deadline to pay April e-bills. More info

August 19  DMD III start date


Dent-P student models (Jeff Phan, Ivy Lin & Jodeci Malixi) at the 2013 McGill Medicine/Dentistry Fashion Show to raise funds for Anorexia and Bulimia Quebec

March 28th  Research Day 2013. More info

March 28th  9th Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Symposium (IGSRS). More info

April 2nd  Research Seminar, "Dentistry for geckos: using reptilian models to study tooth replacement." More info

April 5th & 6th  CE course, "Creating Endodontic Excellence and Shaping and Cleaning Workshop." More info

April 9th  Research Seminar, "Delayed diagnosis of cancer in low and middle income countries: The UK-Southeast Asia-Middle East psychosocial and cultural cancer research network." More info

April 20th  CE course, "Optimizing Esthetic Outcomes with Anterior Single Tooth Implants," 8:00am - 4:30pm. More info


Share the Warmth / Photo Ioana Dumitru

April 4th  Outreach Clinic, MGHSchedule


Graduate Student competition to attend workshops in London, Ontario. Deadline April 1st. More info
Volunteer at Sharing Smiles Day April 7th. More info
Trottier Public Science Policy Fellows program application. Deadline April 8th. More info
Help out with Dent-P interview process April 12th. More info


Interviews for the Dent-P program will take place on Friday, April 12th (9:00 am to 12:00 pm) in the Strathcona Building (Room M/48)

Innovation and Excellence

Dr. Jocelyne Feine at the IADR award ceremony in Seattle, WA, March 2013

Dr. Jocelyne Feine IADR Distinguished Service Award

The award is presented to an individual member of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) for outstanding instances of service to the Association or distinguished service over a period of time. It is intended to recognize members who have not served as officers of the IADR official. Press release

Our students, also honoured in Seattle, Washington, March 2013:

  • Jagjit Dhaliwal (Graduate Student) Young Investigator award of the Implantology Research Group
  • Khady Ka (Graduate Student) CADR Student Research Awards - 1st place Senior / Clinical Research Category. More info
  • Daniel Salah (DMD II) CADR Student Research Awards - 1st place Junior Category. More info
  • Akanksha Srivastava (Graduate Student) IADR Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research Outstanding Student Abstract Awards, Pre-doctoral Category
Zeeshan Sheikh (MDGSS President) GPS Graduate Research Mobility Award to go to Japan summer 2013 & Graduate Excellence Fellowship

Mohamed Nur Abdallah (MDGSS VP Communications) Graduate Excellence Fellowship

Azam Fayezi Sisi (MDGSS VP Finance) Graduate Excellence Fellowship

Ahad Ahmed (MDGSS VP Social) Graduate Excellence Fellowship

Fahad Siddiqui (MDGSS PGSS Representative) Graduate Excellence Fellowship
Zohreh Khavandgar (Graduate Student) Recent publication in Journal of Dental ResearchKhavandgar Z, Alebrahim S, Eimar H, Tamimi F, McKee MD, Murshed M. Local Regulation of Tooth Mineralization by Sphingomyelin Phosphodiesterase 3. J Dent Res. 2013 Feb 21.
Our Dent-P students Ivy Lin, Jeff Phan, Jodeci Malixi and Kevin Wu participated last week in the McGill Medicine/Dentistry Fashion Show “(Re)Born This Way”. The event aimed at raising awareness about eating disorders and raising funds for Anorexia and Bulimia Quebec (ANEB). The show also featured the work of budding local designers.

Thank you to Mary Farmus (CE coordinator) for our cartoon this week! Do you have a dentistry cartoon to share? Send it to

Did you know?

Did you know you can request or recommend a topic and/or speaker you are interested in hearing at McGill’s Continuing Dental Education Program? Details and criteria

People News

The other week, Brittany Wallace our colleague from the Continuing Dental Education unit (currently on maternity leave) passed by to say hello with her daughter Emma who, as we found out, is quite fond of falling asleep to loud music! Congratulations to Brittany and her husband on the precious new addition.

McGill-Wide Announcements

Affordable Fresh Produce: The Good Food Box Program of McGill Downtown. More info
Free On-Campus Hearing Screenings. More info
University Safety Blog is now live. More info

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