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Your news at the heart of your Faculty of Dentistry / Issue 14 / September 26, 2013

CERC announcement September 25th, 2013

Message from Dean Allison

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Dr. Luda Diatchenko will be joining the Faculties of Dentistry and Medicine as the holder of a Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Human Pain Genetics. The announcement was made On September 25th at McGill University by the Federal Government Minister of State for Science and Technology, Mr. Greg Rickford. The award will see $10millon in federal funds and another $20million in matching provincial and private funds over the next 7 years coming to support the research of Dr. Diatchenko and colleagues in the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain (AECRP). Luda is an outstanding pain researcher who comes from to us having built a very successful career at the School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina. We welcome Luda and congratulate her and Dr. Fernando Cervero (the Director of the AECRP) in their obtaining this outstanding award.

Watch a video interview with Dr. Luda Diatchenko 

Important Calendar Dates

September 26th  CIHR information session, 1:30pm. Register

September 30th, 8:00am to October 2nd, 12 noon
DMD students Referendum for new facility contribution  

October 17th  Deadline for applications to Disaster and Humanitarian Response Program (multi-disciplinary) training for humanitarian fieldwork. Hosted by McGill University Department of Family Medicine, International Division. More info

January 21st, 2014  Table Clinics 

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

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


White Coat Ceremony 2013

September 27th  CE course: Clinical Applications of Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) in General Dental Practice. More info

October 3rd  Alan Edwards Center for Research on Pain 10th Anniversary Celebration. One-day International Symposium 8:45am-6pm, New Residence Hall, 3625 ave du Parc. More info

October 4th  CE course: Tooth Preparation: A New Twist to An Old Story. More info

October 5th  CE course: Concepts de préparation coronaire: quand le succès dépend de la pile... More info
October 18th  New Facility Public Announcement, 9:30-10:30am, Omni Hotel. More info

October 19th  Dean’s Breakfast, 8am, Faculty Council Room, Strathcona M/48

October 19th  Ernie Ambrose Lecture, 8:30am-11:30am, Strathcona 1/12. More info

October 25th  Research Seminar Series featuring Pain and Neurosciences Research, 9am-noon, Strathcona M/48

November 1st  CE Course: Foundations for Endodontically-Treated Teeth. More info

New Structure for Research Seminars

Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to announce a new format for the 2013 / 2014 Advanced Research Seminars that we have held previously as single, isolated seminars as part of our seminar series. Our seminar series has been transformed into a series of four, whole-morning research Workshops that we will be piloting over the next year. This new format is geared towards a student-centred, theme-based research approach with emphasis on interdisciplinary methodology. Typically (although there may be exceptions) there will be 2-4 invited speakers including a basic scientist, a clinician and a patient or other stakeholder (where possible). Although the new format will feature fewer individual presentations over the entire year, it will still focus on all of our 4 core research areas. The first two will be held this Fall (2013), and the next two during the Winter 2014 term.

Hold the dates:

The very first of our seminars/workshops will take place on Friday October 25th (9am-noon) and will feature Pain and Neurosciences Research.

Our second workshop will take place on Thursday December 12th (9am-noon) and will feature Mineralized Tissues and Extracellular Matrix Biology Research. 

Please note that each seminar will run from 9am until 12 noon in Room M/48 (Strathcona Building) with presentations from invited speakers followed by a lunch and discussion.  Please save these dates with their new duration. 

Read the details of the vision and structure for the Workshops and themes here.

Thank you,

Dr. Richard Hovey (Workshop Coordinator) and Dr. Marc McKee (Assoc. Dean Research)


October 3rd  Outreach Clinic, CLSC PRAЇDA. Schedule


Help organize Research day 2014. More info

SKILLSET schedule by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies & Teaching and Learning Services. More info

3rd year DMD students: Representative for Admissions Committee, application deadline October 1st. More info

MEDTEQ Forum Student Award-Poster Competition, deadline to submit October 7th. More info and forms

Graphos writing workshops for graduate and postgraduate students, and new peer writing groups


Please note that some of our colleagues have moved to the 2nd floor of the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building:

Maria Palumbo (Student Affairs) 2/38A

Patricia Bassett (Student Affairs) 2/38H

Dr. Shahrohk Esfandiari (Associate Dean, Academic Affairs) 2/38F

Nikoo Taghavi (Academic Admin Officer) 2/38G

Marie-Claude Loignon (Admissions and Recruitment) 2/38B

Summer Clinic with Romantha Descartes, September 26th, 2013

Successful projects that impact many lives are most often possible thanks to the collective effort of many dedicated individuals - many who work diligently in the background without notice - the humble individuals that are focused on the common goal and driven by a strong work ethic. Romantha Descartes, Patient Service Coordinator at the Faculty’s Undergraduate clinic, is one of these individuals. Listen to the audio interview

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

Innovation and Excellence

Anu Edasseri (MSc Thesis), a new graduate student of our faculty is featured in McGill’s Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Calendar for 2013-2014 for her work Education is Her Right. The paper collage work was inspired from the courageous act by teenager - Malala Yousafzai in the fight for women's education in Pakistan. The SEDE calendar is available free of cost at the Social Equity & Diversity Education office, 3610 McTavish, Suites 11 and 12.

Congratulations to the the MDGSS Executive Committee 2013-2014:

President: Fahad Siddiqui 
VP Academic: Amir Manzoor Shah
VP Communication: Fahd Ahmed
VP Finance: Marco Laurenti
VP Social: Nida Amir and Yekta Ansari
PGSS Councillors: Mohamed Nur Abdallah and Amir Manzoor Shah

Congratulations to all the award recipients of the 2013 White Coat Ceremony.

Dr. Muroff honoured at the Annual Dinner of the Royal College of Dentists, September 2013

Dr. Fredrick Muroff (Assoc. Prof. Dept. Periodontology) was recently honoured by the Royal College of Dentists  at its Annual Dinner for serving as Councillor in Periodontics Royal College of Dentists of Canada for 4 years, for serving as examiner in Periodontics RCDC 40 years; 9 years of which was as head examiner. Dr. Muroff's curriculum vitae

Development Office Update

Dear colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Christina Vroom will be joining the Faculty as Associate Director Development and Alumni Relations, starting October 1st, 2013.  Christina will be joining the Faculty at an extremely important time with fund-raising for the new facility being a major priority. Christina joins the Faculty having already many years in fund-raising working for McGill in the central development and alumni relations office.  She will be working particularly with Ioana, Carol, Valerie and I.

Welcome Christina.  We look forward to working with you in this important time for the Faculty.

Dean Allison 

Thank you to graduate student Kelvin I. Afrashtehfar (DDS, FADI) for this week’s cartoon!

People's Corner

Maëlle El-Hakim 

Over the summer, Dr. Michel El-Hakim and family welcomed beautiful Maëlle, who turned 2 months this past Tuesday! Best wishes to the entire family.

Did you know?

October 4th, 2013 is Community Engagement Day at McGill.

On Friday October 4th, 40+ group activities will take place on campus and around the city to give McGill students, staff, faculty and alumni the opportunity to contribute their time and learn about the social issues that community organizations address. Activities include public discussions, sitting volleyball, filming a sign language music video, community walking tours, urban gardening, mural painting, youth mentorship, and more!!! If you can't make it on Oct 4th, we also have activities on the 3rd and 5th! Register on our website!

Watch the video!

McGill-Wide Announcements

New Feel Good Fridays Events. More info

Registration for the Fall 2013 session of Medical French workshops now open. More info | Register

Touring Montreal Photo Exhibit about the Neuro. Watch the trailer

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