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Your news at the heart of your Faculty of Dentistry / Issue 10 / June 20th, 2013

A message from Dean Allison

Dear colleagues and students,

It gives me great pleasure to inform you that this past week, Dr. Marie Dagenais, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award at the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry’s (ACFD) Biennial in Halifax. This is the ACFD’s most prestigious award and one that is not given annually but only when a nominated individual is deemed to merit the award – this is only the 3rd time the Association has bestowed this honour.

Marie was given this award because of her outstanding contribution to dental education across Canada. In addition to Marie’s excellent work at the Faculty, she has been very active at the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry (ACFD), the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) and more recently at the Commission of Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC), taking leadership in dental education at a national level.

On behalf of the Faculty, I wish to congratulate Marie for all her work as a professional and teacher, and for being a tireless advocate for excellence in dental education, pushing the Faculty and various organisations to raise the standards and quality of dental education across Canada. This award is a reflection of the quality with which she has served the dental and higher education communities over the span of an illustrious career. 


Important Calendar Dates

August 19th  DMD III start date

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


Friday June 21st, 12pm  End of the Year BBQ held in the Pre-Clinic, hosted by Dr. Robert Miller. For dental students Years 1-4 and faculty, to honor the second-year students who will graduate to the clinic in September.

Our colleagues Margo Nicholls-Spence, Mary King, Joanne Chouinard and Valerie Suppa at the Faculty’s retirement celebration for them on June 18th, 2013


Are you interested in becoming a Summer Clinic assistant? 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


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Margo Nicholls-Spence

As we bid farewell to our colleague Margo Nicholls-Spence and wish her all the best in this next chapter, we asked her to share a few thoughts with us…

What is your favorite Memory at McGill?
I met some remarkably nice and interesting people during my time at McGill but in considering this question, undoubtedly my most wonderful memories are of singing with the McGill Choral Society, which I intend to continue doing.

What are you most looking forward to having more time to do?
Making music and helping others to do so.

Most important thing you’ve learned through your career?
The workplace has been one of my lesson books and has helped to develop my character, to strengthen my convictions and to apply them in very practical ways. I have learned to find something admirable in everyone, some, in spite of themselves.

See Margo in action directing her choir with her daughter, singing the lead here!

Focus 2013 is finally out!

Read the 2013 Focus Newsletter here

Innovation and Excellence


(Left to right) Dr. Nader Hamdan, Dr. Mohamed Nur Abdallah, Dr. Zeeshan Sheikh & Dr. Akanksha Srivastava at the COHR workshop, June 2013

Last week, several students and researchers from our Faculty participated in the Canadian Oral Health & Research: Careers in academic Dentistry workshop held at Western University, Schulich school of dentistry, London, Ontario, June 10th and 11th. 

Sreenath Madathil, Bultz best student oral presentation award at the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) annual meeting, Ottawa, April 25th-26th, 2013: Family history of paan chewing habit among a subset of South Indian population

Fondation de l'Ordre des dentistes du Québec's (FODQ) scholarships:

  • Fahad Siddiqui (supervisors Dr. Christophe Bedos et Dr. Mary Ellen Macdonald): Access to and Utilization of Dental Services by Hearing Impaired People in Montreal: A Participatory Research Study
  • Mohamed Nur Abdallah (supervisors Dr. Faleh Tamimi Mariño et Dr. Marta Cerruti): Engineered biomimetic surfaces to enhance adhesion of epithelial cells on transcutaneous implants
  • Dr. Rubens Albuquerque: Titanium implant decontam
  • Dr. Ana Miriam Velly: Impact of comorbidities in adolescents with temporomandibular disorder related pain: gender differences

Dr. Dieter Reinhardt: Combined Gordon Research Conference and Gordon Research Seminar, Elastin, Elastic Fibers & Microfibrils, 2013 - Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Dr. Z. Urban and Dr. Dieter Reinhardt: Combined Gordon Research Conference and Gordon Research Seminar, Elastin, Elastic Fibers & Microfibrils, 2013 - National Institutes of Health (USA)

(Left) Iris Boraschi-Diaz receiving the best poster presentation award from Dr. Murshed and (right) Zohreh Khavandgar receiving the best oral presentation award for the session on Genetics and Connective Tissue from Dr. Lisbet Haglund

On May 29 to June 1st, the Canadian Connective Tissue Conference 2013 was successfully organized by Dr. Monzur Murshed and Dr. Lisbet Haglund at McGill University. The Faculty of Dentistry, Réseau de recherche en santé buccodentaire et osseuse (RSBO) and the Arthritis Society were among the major sponsors. Dr. Simon Tran (Faculty of Dentistry) was one of the invited speakers while the keynote presentation was by Dr. Gerard Karsent (Columbia University, NY). A number of Dentistry students actively took part in organizing the conference and presented their work at several oral and poster sessions. Zohreh Khavandgar and Iris Boraschi-Diaz, two Faculty of Dentistry students received awards for best oral and poster presentations, respectively.

This week's cartoon ...

Thank you to Zeeshan Sheikh, PhD Candidate & MDGSS President for this week’s cartoon!


McGill-Wide Annoucements

Campaign McGill wraps up. Campaign McGill, launched publically in October 2007, has to come to a close. The remarkably successful Campaign’s results were officially announced yesterday.  Read the article and visit the website

IT Services has a new general phone number. The new IT Services telephone number 514-398-7979 replaces 514-398-5023 and 514-398-7200. Use this number to reach directors, managers and other staff members within any of the IT Services units. Important: The IT Service Desk support phone number, 514-398-3398 is not changing. Learn more here.

Save on your next Via Rail ticket by booking through McGill’s contract. More info

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