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Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry - Research Overview

Research Overview
Research Faculty & Research Scientists

Student Summer Research Program 
Student Research Awards Available
Graduate Research Opportunities for Students

Research News
Dentistry Seminar Series
Dentistry Research Day/John Hamilton Distinguished Lecture


OVERVIEW 
 

The research areas of the Schulich Dentistry include biomaterials, biomineralization, caries, cell-biomaterial interactions, fibrosis, medico-dental ethics, mineralized-tissue biology, oral cancer, pellicle and salivary proteins.  Faculty members participate in a wide variety of collaborations with other researchers in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Science.  These collaborations include the Joint Motion Program, a Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

      

Dentistry Research Faculty

Dr. Harvey Goldberg
Dr. Douglas Hamilton
Dr. Graeme K. Hunter
Dr. Andrew Leask
Dr. Amin Rizkalla
Dr. Walter Siqueira

  

Cross-Appointed/Other Research Faculty

Dr. Frank Beier
Dr. Jeff Dixon
Dr. Cheryle Séguin
Dr. Stephen Sims

Research Scientists
Dr. Bernd Grohe     


SUMMER STUDENT RESEARCH PROGRAM
 

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Summer Research Program Coordinator - Dr. Stephen Ferrier         Further Information 

2014 Competition Now Closed
Award Winners posted under 'News'


STUDENT FORMS/DEADLINES
Nov 21/13 - Student Applications
Dec 04/13 - Project Preference

FACULTY FORMS/DEADLINES    
Nov 21/13 - Project Submissions
Dec 04/13 - Student Preference


The summer student research program provides an opportunity for students enrolled in the DDS program to contribute to clinical and basic science research being performed in Schulich Dentistry.  Stipends normally are for a period of 12 weeks.  Each year, there are a limited number of Studentships awarded by competition.  All interested dental students in Years 1, 2 & 3 are encouraged to apply.  In addition, there are opportunities for students to apply to external agencies for summer studentships.  
    Other Sources for Summer Student Funding
    1. CIHR/IMHA  More Info    2. SROP - More Info     

2014 Schulich Dentistry Summer Research Students

Schulich Dentistry Summer Research Students presented their summer research projects to fellow students and faculty in August. The presenters included DDS Students who had been awarded summer studentships through Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and also DDS Students who were funded from external Sources. 
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STUDENT RESEARCH AWARDS AVAILABLE
 

♦ CADR Student Research Award   
♦ Schulich Dentistry Research Day Awards
   - CDA/Dentsply Travel Award
   - ADA Conference Travel Award
   - Hinman Student Research Travel Award  
   - Poster Awards - Certificate of Merit (Senior Category)
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GRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS
 

MSc and PhD Programs:  Research faculty of Schulich Dentistry are cross-appointed to basic-science departments of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry or other faculties.  Post-graduate research degrees are performed through the cross-appointing department.  Potential applicants must therefore satisfy the admission requirements of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the department concerned. Please review the research programs of the above listed Research Faculty members in Dentistry.  For further information including eligibility, please contact the faculty member or the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee in the department of interest.

Dental Clinician-Scientist (DCS): This is a joint-degree program (DDS/PhD) for outstanding students interested in careers in dental research or academic dentistry.  Students accepted into the DCS program complete all requirements of a dentally relevant PhD program before entering the DDS class. 
For application information see Dental Clinician-Scientist Program (DCS). 
For further information, contact Admissions Office or Cathy Ferrie (Adminstrator to the Assistant Director, Research).

Master of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics:  Students pursuing specialty training in Orthodontics conduct research towards the degree of Master of Clinical Dentistry.  
For application information, see Graduate Orthodontics Program.  
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NEWS

ARCHIVED NEWS 2014  2013   2012   2011

2014 OCTOBER

Dentistry Research Day Poster Presentations
Congratulations to the following students who received awards for their Poster Presentations at Dentistry's Research Day.

JUNIOR CATEGORY - Travel Awards

CDA/Dentsply Travel Award
Greg Luvison, DDS 2017
Awarded for poster: “Bioactive, fast-setting and injectable bone cements for craniofacial reconstruction.”  Supervised by Drs. Amin Rizkalla and Jeff Dixon.  Will represent Schulich Dentistry in the Student Clinician competition at the 2015 CDA National Oral Health Conference.

Hinman Student Research Travel Award
Kimberly Williams, DDS 2017

Awarded for poster:  “Diphenyleneiodonium inhibits TGF-induced expression in gingival fibroblasts.”  Supervised by Dr. Andrew.  Will represent Schulich Dentistry at the 2015 Hinman Student Research Symposium in Memphis, Tennessee.

ADA Foundation Travel Award
Vida Lam, DDS 2017

Awarded for poster:  “Role of bone sialoprotein in stabilizing tendon insertion into bone.”  Supervised by Dr. Harvey Goldberg.  Will represent Schulich Dentistry at the 2015 Dental Student Research Conference in Maryland.

SENIOR CATEGORY - Merit Awards
First - Erik Holm, DCS/DDS 2018 - Supervised by Dr. Harvey Goldberg
Awarded for poster:  “Osteopontin mediates mineralization and not osteogenic cell development in vitro.”

Second -  Carine Bourassa, Graduate Orthodontics 2015 - Supervised by Dr. Ali Tassi
Awarded for poster:  “An in-vitro comparison of different palatal sites for orthodontic miniscrew insertion: the effect of bone quality and quantity on primary stability.”

Third - Shawna Kim, DCS Student - Supervised by Dr. Douglas Hamilton
Awarded for poster: “Effect of nifedipine and phenytoin on gingival tissue remodelling.”

Schulich Dentistry Annual Research Day
The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry will host the Schulich Dentistry Annual Research Day on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.  The day will feature student poster presentations and the 13th John T. Hamilton Distinguished Lecture that will be delivered by Dr. Martha J. Somerman, DDS, PhD. Dr. Somerman is the Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.  Previously, Dr. Somerman was the Dean of Dentistry at the University of Washington.  Her research focuses on defining the key regulators controlling development and maintenance and regeneration of tissues that form the dental-oral-craniofacial complex.

Dr. Somerman’s presentation is entitled: “Advances in defining the factors and mechanisms controlling development and regeneration of periodontal tissues." 
 

1:00 pm - Student Poster Presentations & Lunch (Dental Sciences Building - lower ground hallway)
2:30 pm - 13th John T. Hamilton Lecture (Auditorium A, London Health Sciences Centre)

2014 SEPTEMBER

NCOHR iSeptember Symposium
Drs. T. Ari, N Ari & L. Kalman will attend a NCOHR and McGill Dentistry Symposium re: interdisciplinarity in oral health research on Sep 17-19 in Montreal. This symposium seeks to address the challenges of siloed research and facilitate innovative/interdisciplinary collaboration among dental faculties, schools and other disciplines.

2014 AUGUST

Dentistry Summer Research Students
Final presentations (including results/conclusions of projects) will be made by our Summer Research Students on Aug 20 to Dentistry Faculty, Staff and students. List of Project Titles

Presenters include DDS Students who have been awarded summer studentships through Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and also DDS Students who are funded from external Sources. Please RSVP to Cathy Ferrie if you would like to attend.  Your continued support of our students is appreciated!  Aug 20 | DSB 00048 | 12pm 

2014 JULY

Dr. Douglas Hamilton Awarded NSERC Discovery Grant
Schulich Medicine & Dentistry researchers will receive more than $3.5 million in funding during the next five years through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Discovery Grants program. 

Dr. Douglas Hamilton (Associate Professor, Dentistry), was one of almost 30 researchers at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry who were funded in this round:

Minister of Science and Technology, Ed Holder, was at Western University to announce the more than $340 million in funding across Canada, including more than $15 million for Western University researchers and trainees. “By supporting 3,500 researchers and students in Canada, our Government is providing the right kind of help to push the frontiers of knowledge in science and engineering,” said Holder. “In so doing, we are developing, attracting and retaining the world’s most talented researchers who carry out the scientific research that creates jobs and prosperity and improves the quality of life of Canadians.”

APPOINTMENTS
Dr. Harinder Sandhu, Director of Schulich Dentistry, is pleased to announce the following faculty appointments, effective July 1, 2014:
  • Dr. Harvey Goldberg has been reappointed Assistant Director, Research (3-year term)
  • Dr. Graeme Hunter has been appointed Assistant Director, Faculty Development
  • Dr. Douglas Hamilton has been appointed Chair, Oral Biology (3-year term)

CIHR Success
Congratulations are in order to Drs. Doug Hamilton and Andrew Leask for obtaining major operating research funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).  Their success is even more remarkable given the historically low level (~12-13%) of successful applications for funding in this recent competition.   

Dr. Leask ’s project titled 'CCN2 Action in Fibrosis: Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms’ will be funded for 5 years at $156,940 per year, for a total of $784,700.

Dr. Hamilton’s project titled ‘Development of Matricellular Protein-Containing Granulation Tissue Biomimetic Scaffolds to Enhance Skin Regeneration’ will also be funded for 5 years at $144,708 per year, for a total of  $723,540.

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DENTISTRY SEMINAR SERIES           

                 
UPCOMING SEMINARS
TBA  

Previous Seminar Speakers


DENTISTRY RESEARCH DAY / JOHN T. HAMILTON LECTURE 


OCTOBER 8, 2014 - Schulich Dentistry Annual Research Day
The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry hosted Schulich Dentistry Annual Research Day, featuring presentations of student posters and the 13th John T. Hamilton Lecture, delivered by Martha J. Somerman, DDS, PhD

Dr. Somerman is the Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.  Previously, Dr. Somerman was the Dean of Dentistry at the University of Washington.  Her research focuses on defining the key regulators controlling development and maintenance and regeneration of tissues that form the dental-oral-craniofacial complex.

Dr. Somerman’s presentation is entitled: “Advances in defining the factors and mechanisms controlling development and regeneration of periodontal tissues." 

           

Dr. Martha Somerman (2014 Hamilton Lecturer), pictured with Drs. Harvey Goldberg, Harinder Sandhu, and John Hamilton.


The John T. Hamilton Distinguished Lecture:
This lectureship is now awarded annually to an outstanding dental researcher. It is named in honour of Dr. John T. Hamilton, who served from 1983 to 1996 as Assistant Dean for Research of the (then) Faculty of Dentistry. The Hamilton Lecture is presented in conjunction with Dentistry’s Annual Research Day.

Hamilton Lecturers:
1997 Dr. David Goltzman, McGill University
1999 Dr. Robert Pilliar, University of Toronto
2000 Dr. Christopher McCulloch, University of Toronto
2001 Dr. James Beck, University of North Carolina
2003 Dr. Laurie McCauley, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2004 Dr. Colin Robinson, University of Leeds, U.K.
2006 Dr. Stephen Bayne, University of Michigan
2008 Dr. Don Brunette, University of British Columbia
2010 Dr. David Wong, UCLA School of Dentistry
2011 Dr. David Pashley, Georgia Health Sciences University
2012 Dr. Jaime Cury, Piracicaba Dental School, University of Campinas, Brazil
2013 Dr. Peter Ma, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


For further information about research in Schulich Dentistry, please contact:
Dr. Harvey Goldberg, Assistant Director Research      Phone:  519 661 2185
E-mail:  hagoldbe@uwo.ca

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