The Faculty Welcomes Dr. Samim

The Faculty of Dentistry would like to welcome its newest member, Dr. Firoozeh Samim who joined the Faculty at the beginning of December. Dr. Samim is a Canadian and American Board Certified specialist in Oral Medicine & Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. “Firoozeh is friendly and sociable, open and communicative,” says Dr. Samim. “She is an extravert who is thrilled to be alive and does not mind who knows it. She is an individualist and is prepared to make a lot of effort to accomplish her goals: her will-power and ambition are unshakable. This is exactly me!” Continue reading.

Advisory Committee for the Selection of a new Dean

Professor Paul Allison will end his second five-year term as Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry on June 30, 2018. As part of the Advisory Committee’s consultation process, the Committee will be holding face-to-face meetings with the McGill community on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 between 2:00 and 4:00 pm in room 102, 2001 McGill College Avenue. See here for full details.

Welcome Lynde Kavanagh-Ormond!


Two weeks ago we warmly welcomed Lynde Kavanagh-Ormond as our new Associate Director, Advancement. Lynde will be working on the development and management of our fundraising activity with an emphasis on securing major gifts. Continue reading Lynde’s bio.

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Public Forum on Chronic Pain Self-Management

  Public Forum How can self-management support be made more accessible and acceptable for men and adolescents living with chronic pain? A gender sensitive approach to self-management support Homebase, a Movember Foundation funded initiative led by Dr. Richard Hovey (Associate Professor, Division of Oral Health and Society, Faculty of Dentistry McGill University), is hosting a […]

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Smiles of Dentistry

One day I was correcting papers for a class on Community Oral Health Services. This one reflection paper in particular left me very surprised and hit home in a profound way. In it, the dental student expressed his frustration about his patient not showing up for his appointment. When calling him back, the patient apologised, explained his reasons for being late, and expressed his willingness to come in again. However, the student believed that the patient was lying and careless, because he was stumbling at every word while speaking on the phone…. Continue reading.

Smiles of Dentistry

At the beginning of my academic career in Brazil, a female student came to my office to talk about how overwhelmed she was feeling. She was struggling with the courses, which were very intensive, and with a personal challenge: she had a high-risk pregnancy. Continue reading.

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A successful Sharing Smiles Day

On May 7th McGill students and teachers participated in the annual Sharing Smiles Day organised by the Oral Health, Total Health (OHTH), a fun-filled, informative day where the attitudinal barriers between dental students and persons with special needs can be removed and positive relationships fostered. Organized by Maral Aghourian and Jun Li the day was a huge success. Read all about the day.

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Oral Health Research Day 2018

The Oral Health Research Day was a huge success! The day provided DMD IV students an opportunity to present the findings from their Oral Health Research Projects; the culmination of their research work throughout their third and fourth years of study. 10 groups of DMD IV students presented their work along with 8 Summer Research Students who displayed their research posters and presented them to the judges. Continue reading.

A Group for Qualitative Researchers

Almost 15 years ago the need to bring together qualitative health researchers and create a supportive community for them to thrive in became apparent. It was with this goal in mind that a group of qualitative researchers, led by Dr. Mary Ellen Macdonald, created the McGill Qualitative Health Research Group (MQHRG). Continue reading.

Identification of a new gene causing scoliosis and bone malformations

A unique collaboration among Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada, CHU Sainte-Justine and McGill University has enabled researchers to identify genetic mutations involved in a rare disease that causes scoliosis and bone malformations. The findings, published in The American Journal of Human Genetics, are likely to help doctors recognize the genetic disease, and could someday lead to therapies for the condition. Continue reading.

A new PhD in Oral Health Sciences

We are developing a new PhD in Oral Health Sciences. Broadly conceived to represent the Biomedical and Oral Health and Society divisions of our Faculty, the program will build upon our stellar research reputation and Ad hoc PhD program, which was closed to new enrolment at the end of 2016. Continue reading.

Interview with Postdoctoral Fellow Konstantinos Mastorakis

The topics of palliative care and euthanasia have long been the focus of many debates in the public sphere in connection to healthcare and quality of life. They raise complex and challenging questions and naturally, tend to conjure in our minds the idea of death rather than life. Konstantinos Mastorakis has spent most of the last decade researching these topics. “Hope not only has to do with living two, three or six more months but it also has to do with feeling esteemed and loved until the very last moment”, says Mastorakis. Listen to the complete interview.

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Community Service Fellowships Awarded

Congratulations to Nioushah Noushi and Ninoska Enriquez on being awarded the McGill Community Service Research Fellowships. The award is awarded to graduate and postdoctoral trainees whose projects contribute to the aims of the Fondation Marcelle & Jean Coutu reasearch program to train socially and clinically competent dentists.

Drs. Laprise and Al-Waeli awarded Alpha Omega Grants

Congratulations to postdoctoral fellow Dr. Claudie Laprise and PhD student Dr. Haider Al-Waeli for being awarded the Alpha Omega Foundation of Canada Graduate Student Grant. They were amongst two of thirteen projects selected for the 2017 award.
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American Association of Dental Schools First Annual Meeting

AADSHeld March 5-7, 1924 at the Congress Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, the first annual meeting of the American Association of Dental Schools was packed with lectures, reports, a symposium and a round table conference. Interestingly enough, many topics are still relevant today. Can you spot the representative from Montreal? Look for him here.

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