Graduate students Omar Alageel and Anu Edasseri win 1st and 2nd in CADR-NCOHR Student Award Competition

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Omar Alageel, left, won 1st place in the Senior Clinical Science Research Category and Anu Eddasseri, right, won 2nd

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Omar Alageel and Masters student Anu Edasseri for winning first and second place respectively in the Senior Clinical Science Research Category of the CADR-NCOHR Student Award Competition. Only four students Canada-wide received the award which will allow the students to present their research at the AADR/CADR meeting in Los Angeles, CA, USA, March 16-19, 2016.

The awardees will be competing for the IADR Unilever Divisional Award and to represent Canada in the Hatton Awards Competition sponsored by Unilever and the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). The Hatton Awards Competition will take place at the IADR General Session and Exhibition in Seoul, Republic of Korea, June 22 – 25, 2016.

Omar, with supervisor Professor Faleh Tamimi will present his project entitled “Laser-sintered removable partial dentures (RPDs) translation from lab to clinic”. Laser-sintering is a new additive manufacturing technique that can fabricate removable partial denture (RPD) frameworks quickly with high precision and at low cost. In this study, they have optimized the laser-sintering technique for processing RPD frameworks.

In order to translate this technology into clinical practice, the team has characterized the biological and mechanical properties of the laser-sintered alloys and evaluated the clinical performance of RPDs processed by this new technology. They have found that patients were more satisfied with laser-sintered RPDs than with conventional (casted) RPDs probably because the excellent mechanical properties of laser-sintered alloys.

Anu, supervised by Professor Belinda Nicolau will present her project looking at the effect of oral health promoting school environments on reducing dental caries in Quebec children. Her study was part of a project called Quebec Adipose Life Investigation in Youth (QUALITY), a prospective study aimed at understanding natural course of obesity in Quebec children. The study results reiterates the importance of adopting a holistic approach for school based oral health promotions targeting children.

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