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McGill University - Faculty of Dentistry
Your news at the heart of your Faculty of Dentistry / Issue 17 / November 7, 2013

Dear colleagues,

The Faculty of Dentistry is saddened to inform you that Dr. Seymour Miller, one of our most dedicated clinical instructors in the Division of Orthodontics, passed away on Sunday November 3rd. Dr. Miller was involved with our Faculty for many years. His dedication as well as the love of his profession was second to none. During his illness he taught us lessons of courage and humility that will never be forgotten. He was truly an amazing man and will remain an inspiration to our Faculty for many years.

Our thoughts are with Seymour’s family and friends.

Dean Paul Allison

Official obituary, Shiva details, and information on donations in Dr. Seymour Miller’s memory here

Important Calendar Dates

November 22nd  DMD I: CDSPI lecture on insurance offer, Strathcona M/48. More info

January 21st, 2014  Table Clinics 

March 8th, 2014  Research Day abstract deadline. More info

March 26th, 2014  Research Day, at the Holiday Inn Montreal, from 8am to 5pm  

May 29th, 2014  Spring Convocation. Health Sciences Ceremony at 2pm


McGill-wide Centraide campaign: see list of events here

November 8th and 9th  CE Course: Optimizing Teamwork and Enhancing Patient Care (Periodontal Symposium in collaboration with John Abbott College). More info

November 15th and 16th  CE Course: All-on-4 Continuum, Module I. More info

December 12th  Mineralized Tissues and Extracellular Matrix Research Workshop, 9am to 12 noon, Strathcona M/48. More info


November 14th  Outreach Clinic, Famijeunes. Schedule

Watch the new facility campaign video here


#McGillAndMe student video challenge. Share what you are passionate about in 15 seconds to win a dinner for four at a local restaurant. Deadline November 15th. More info

Sanster Award. Deadline March 31st, 2014. More info

Several Teaching Assistantships are available to Graduate Students in the Winter 2014 term. More info

Help organize Research Day 2014. More info

Become the Research Day Vice-Chair for 2015 (to be the Chair for the 2016 event 2016). If you are interested, please send a request for more information to Mohamed Abdallah.

Thank you to Zeeshan Sheikh for this week’s cartoon!

Did you know?

"In Canada before the 1860s there was no legislation to prevent anyone from setting himself up as a dentist, and many people with little or no knowledge and limited skills passed themselves off as dentists. In 1858, the year in which the first Canadian currency was issued, there were eight dentists listed in the Province of Quebec. Five of them were in Montreal; the other three were in Quebec City. The dentists had all been trained by apprenticeship, and, doubtless, they were quite skilled. Most had served a four-year indentureship, but others had not. There was no law to determine the length of training."

From A History of the McGill Dental School, by Mervyn A. Rogers. Photograph: McGill Archives


Best wishes to colleague Maria Palumbo, Admissions & Student Affairs/Graduate Program Coordinator, who celebrated her 60th birthday yesterday!

November 8th, 1pm  Reem Alansari: PhD Oral Thesis Defense. More info and CV

November 19th, 10am  Kady Kâ: PhD Oral Thesis Defense. More info and CV

November 14-15th  Nonviolent Crisis Intervention program by Security Services. More info

Important Security Alert from IT Services: Beware of a phishing attempt circulating with the subject line, "Apply for Financial Aids, sender: "" See the sample email

McGill Libraries has added new online drug information for dentistry. More info

Innovation and Excellence

Marika Arnold (left) and Erica Abbey (right) DMD II, giving oral health tips at the McGill Health Fair in October

Degrees conferred in October 2013. Congratulations to all!

Dr. Svetlana Tikhnova, PhD (Dr. J. Feine and Dr. P. Allison). Doctoral Thesis Title: A comparison of treatment choices when dental caries lesions are diagnosed with two visual-tactile systems the Nyvad and ICDAS II+LAA

Dr. Shahul Hameed Kumamangalam Puthiyannal, MSc (Dr. B. Nicolau). Masters Thesis Title: Association between periodontal health and oral cancer in a sample of subjects from India

Dr. Farnaz Rashid-Kandvani, MSc (Dr. C. Bedos and Dr. B. Nicolau). Masters Thesis Title: Access to dental services for people using a wheelchair

Dr. Nader Hamdan, MSc (Dr. J. Feine and Dr. R. Albuquerque). Masters Thesis Title: Dietary intake differences between patients wearing two-implant mandibular overdentures and conventional dentures: a randomized controlled parallel trial

Dr. Akanksha Srivastava, MSc (Dr. J. Feine and Dr. S. Esfandiari). Masters Thesis Title: Willingness-to-pay for Mandibular two-implant overdentures: a societal perspective

Our New Facility news in The Gazette

On behalf of the Dental Students’ Society and entire student body, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Seymour Miller. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dr. Miller was a very motivating teacher and mentor who would never hesitate to provide his guidance and reassurance in times of need. 

He will truly be missed.

Sina Hashemi, President of the Dental Students’ Society

New Facility News

Latest news on the new facility: colours, colours, colours!

It was a most colourful and fun Halloween. Here are some of the costumes around the Faculty last week. The tooth fairy even made an appearance! See more photos on our Facebook page

McGill-Wide Annoucements

New Feel Good Fridays Events. More info

Touring Montreal Photo Exhibit about the Neuro. Watch the trailer

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