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Your news at the heart of your Faculty of Dentistry / Issue 9 / June 6, 2013

DMD class of 2013 at Champagne Brunch. Photo Owen Egan. View more graduation pictures here

A message from Dean Allison

Congratulations to the DMD class of 2013 and our graduating MSc and PhD students! We want to wish all of our graduating students the best in the next chapter of their path in dentistry. A special thank you as well to our dedicated faculty and staff that have contributed, again this year, to graduating another class of excellent dentists and future researchers.


Important Calendar Dates

July 1st - 26th  Summer Clinic 

August 19th  DMD III start date

August 13th  Returning Students registration deadline - must be done via MINERVA. More info

DMD 2013 students with Dean Allison, Dr. Benhamou, Dr. Dagenais and Dr. Myers at ODQ Licensing Ceremony


June 10-11th  Network for Canadian Oral Health Research Workshop. Listen to the livestream where McGill researchers will be participating. See the schedule

June 12th  Annual Staff Dinner. Please RSVP by June 5th. More info


Dr. Marie Dagenais (left) and Ms. Eugenia (Geni) Angelopoulos

A message from Dr. Marie Dagenais
I completed my mandate as Associate Dean Academic Affairs last week and I want to thank the students, the academic and non-academic staff who have collaborated with me over the years. Your hard work and dedication have allowed us to deliver an outstanding undergraduate dental curriculum.

I also wish to acknowledge the exceptional contribution of my assistant Eugenia who took care of timetables, rotations, constant scheduling changes, course outlines, recordings, D2L, and much more over the years.
Best of luck to Dr. Shahrokh Esfandiari  and Nikoo Taghavi in their new roles!


Quebec Merit Fellowships for foreign students: call for applications. More info

Are you interested in becoming a Summer Clinic assistant? More info

Professional Grant Development Workshop: Master the techniques of writing superior and winning proposals. June 19th - 21st. More info

Current First Year Students, Don't miss out on a new financial aid opportunity: Moghadam Family Bursary. More info
MITACS Funding Opportunities. More info

Dr. Norman Miller, founder of the Student Advisory Fund, and his mother (on the eve of her 98th birthday!) at the 2013 Montreal Alumni Reception


PhD Oral Thesis Defense, Svetlana Tikhonova - Friday, June 7 at 1pm. More info and CV

DMD 2013: See an English translation of the Latin text on your diploma here

Language courses for people interested in practicing in Quebec that need to pass the Office de la langue française tests. Reminder: students need to have passed the test to apply to McGill residency programs in September of the 4th year. More info

(Left to right) Nathalia Porras (DAR), Valerie Khayat (Communications) & Ioana Dumitru (DAR) at 2013 Montreal Alumni Reception

Dr. Sam Abi-Nader / June 6th, 2013

It is often said that teaching is an art. Being very knowledgeable on a topic does not automatically make one a great teacher. One thing is for sure, teaching requires much passion and openness to continually learn in general and from one’s very students as well. Last month, I sat down with Dr. Sam Abi-Nader, this year’s recipient of the Howard Katz Award for Excellence in Teaching, for an inspiring chat. Listen to the interview

Do you want to suggest a member of the Faculty for our Conversations Series? Send a line here

Innovation and Excellence

Dr. Christophe Bedos, Jim Morris (web manager), Akanksha Srivastava and Sreenath Arekunnath Madathil at the launch of the Division of Oral Health and Society website

On May 29th 2013, the Oral Health and Society Unit launched their brand new website with a wonderful potluck. Akanksha Srivastava (M.Sc. OHS unit) headed this initiative in collaboration with Jim Morris (Faculty Web Manager). After a long year of work, the site is now live! See it here

Dr. Mohammed Nur Abdallah: selected as graduate student representative for Network for Canadian Oral Health Research (NCOHR) Steering Committee (2013-2015)

Dr. Zeeshan Sheikh, PhD Candidate & MDGSS President: Award for the best podium presentation in the Orthopaedic Biomaterials Session at The Canadian Biomaterials Society, Annual Meeting, May 29th - June 1st

Dr. Hazem Eimar: $500 travel award from Canadian Chapter of the Controlled Release Society (CC-CRS) to attend "Personalized Medicine and Individualized Drug Delivery," a joint CC-CRS/CSPS conference in Vancouver BC, June 11-14th, 2013

Fondation de l'Ordre des dentistes du Québec's (FODQ) scholarships ($3,000):
  • Dr. Zaher Jabbour, McGill University. Supervisors: Dr. Rubens Albuquerque & Dr. Janet Henderson. Project: Evaluation of Biphosphonate-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (BRONJ)
  • Dr. Juliana Marulanda, McGill University: Supervisor: Dr. Monzur Murshed. Project: An In Vivo Transgenic Approach to Investigate the Roles of Hertwig’s Epithelial Root Sheath Cells in Tooth Root Development 
  • Dr. Hazem Eimar, McGill University. Supervisor: Dr. Faleh Tamimi Mariño. Project: Cholinergic regulation of bone

Thank you Marlene Balena, Administrative Coordinator for Biomedical Sciences, for this week’s cartoon!

A message from Sina Hashemi, President of the Dental Students Association
On behalf of the Dental Student Society and the entire student body, I’d like to extend a tremendous thank you to Dr. Dagenais for her contribution to our faculty over the years as the Associate Dean, Academic Affairs.  She has been an excellent mentor to us all and we are very grateful that she will continue teaching within our faculty.
I would like to welcome Dr. Shahrokh Esfandiari as our new Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.  As an accomplished clinician, professor and researcher at the Oral Health and Society Research Unit, we are certain that Dr. Esfandiari’s expertise in Academia will contribute towards benefiting and advancing our faculty! 
Warmest Regards,
Sina Hashemi, DSS President

Infection Control in Practice

With Wendy Somerville M.Sc., CIC, Coordinator Infection Control and Community Outreach Programs

Did you know that washing your hands with antibacterial soap may not always be the best choice? More info: English | français

McGill-wide Announcements

1st Annual GIMI indoor and outdoor plant sale! June 7th. More info

Information session for researchers about how to approach foundations for research funding, June 11th. More info

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