10th Annual Faculty of Dentistry Research Day Winners Announced

April 2015
Research Day 2015 Organizing committee : Mohamed Nur Abdallah, Dimitra Athanasiadou, Sreenath Madathil, Dr. Mari Kaartinen and  Maria G Di Nezza.

Research Day 2015 Organizing committee : Mohamed Nur Abdallah, Dimitra Athanasiadou, Sreenath Madathil, Dr. Mari Kaartinen and Maria G Di Nezza.

The Faculty of Dentistry Research Day has always been an excellent opportunity for graduate students, trainees, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants and research associates to showcase their research work. And this year was no different. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the day was packed with intellectually inspiring graduate research work from a wide range of subjects from both Research Divisions.

The winners of this years’ poster and oral presentation awards were:
(Knowledge translation awards were funded by the Faculty of Dentistry, while the oral and poster presentation awards were fund by the Le Réseau de recherche en santé buccodentaire et osseuse (RSBO))

Poster Presentation Competition:

1st Prize: Betty Hoac
Project Title: Mineralization-inhibiting effects of transglutaminase crosslinked polymer osteopontin in vitro. (Supervisor: Dr. Marc McKee)

2nd Prize: Garthiga Manickam
Project Title: Targeted deletion of Smpd3 in osterix expressing cells recapitulates the skeletal phenotype of fro/fro mice. (Supervisor: Dr. Monzur Murshed)

3rd Prize: Akhil Soman Thekke Purakkal
Project Title: Alcohol consumption, oral hygiene and ADH1B genetic variants in the risk for Head and neck cancers. (Supervisor: Dr. Belinda Nicolau)

Oral Presentation Competition:

1st Prize: Khurram Khan
Project Title: Painful temporomandibular disorders and comorbidities among adolescents in Montreal: Preliminary results. (Supervisor: Dr. Ana Velly)

2nd Prize: Anu Edasseri
Project Title: Oral health promoting schools and dental caries status in Quebec children.
Supervisor: Dr. Belinda Nicolau

3rd Prize: Sandrine Couldwell
Project Title: The effects of exercise and a high fat diet on glucose metabolism and serum osteocalcin levels. (Supervisor: Dr. Mari Kaartinen)

Knowledge Translation Prize:

Biomedical Sciences Division: You-Jung Nicole Seo
Project Title: The Three-Dimensional Human Salivary Organoid Culture System Supports the Expansion of Functionally Secreting Acinar Cells in vitro. (Supervisor: Dr. Simon Tran)

Oral Health and Society Division: Sadaf Farookhi
Project Title: The Dentist’s Role in Preventing Family Violence: Responsibilities, Guidelines, and Reporting Behaviors. (Non-Thesis student)

Poster Presentation Winners

Betty Hoac with Dr. Marc Mackee, receiving 1st prize for her poster presentation

Betty Hoac with Dr. Marc McKee, receiving 1st prize for her poster presentation

Garthiga Manickam with Dr. Marc Mackee, receiving her 2nd Prize for poster presentation.

Garthiga Manickam with Dr. Marc McKee, receiving her 2nd Prize for poster presentation.

Akhil Soman TP with Dr.Marc Mackee, receiving 3rd Prize for his poster presentation.

Akhil Soman TP with Dr.Marc McKee, receiving 3rd Prize for his poster presentation.

Oral Presentation Winners

Khurram Khan with Dr. Marc McKee, receiving 1st Prize for his oral presentation.

Khurram Khan with Dr. Marc McKee, receiving 1st Prize for his oral presentation.

Sandrine Couldwell with Dr. Marc McKee, receiving 3rd Prize for her oral presentation.

Sandrine Couldwell with Dr. Marc McKee, receiving 3rd Prize for her oral presentation.

Knowledge Translation Winners

You-Jung Nicole Seo recieves Knowledge Translation Award from Dr. Ji Zhang.

You-Jung Nicole Seo recieves Knowledge Translation Award from Dr. Ji Zhang.

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Sadaf Farookhi recieves the Knowledge Translation Award from Dr. Paul Allison.

Pictures from the day

Welcome address by Mohamed Nur Abdallah,  chair of 2015 Research Day .

Welcome address by Mohamed Nur Abdallah, chair of 2015 Research Day .

McGill dentistry undergraduate student Arij Kazmi with Dr. Nicolas Makhoul, sharing the success of her summer research project.

McGill dentistry undergraduate student Arij Kazmi with Dr. Nicolas Makhoul, sharing the success of her summer research project.

Michelle Berkvens presenting her research project to Dr. Mari Kaartinen.

Michelle Berkvens presenting her research project to Dr. Mari Kaartinen.

Non- thesis graduate student Amrita Kumari presents her poster.

Non- thesis graduate student Amrita Kumari presents her poster.

A quality discussion of a qualitative study; Fahad Ahmed with Dr. Christophe Bedos.

A quality discussion of a qualitative study; Fahad Ahmed with Dr. Christophe Bedos.

Dr. Simon Tran and Dr. Monzur Murshed, proud judges for the day.

Dr. Simon Tran and Dr. Monzur Murshed, proud judges for the day.

You-Jung Nicole Seo and Ghada Abu-Elghanam chairing the Biomedical Sciences oral presentation session.

You-Jung Nicole Seo and Ghada Abu-Elghanam chairing the Biomedical Sciences oral presentation session.

OMFS PhD student Ahmed Al Subaie presenting his work during an oral presentation

OMFS PhD student Ahmed Al Subaie presenting his work during an oral presentation

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