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June 23 - Incoming DART Council for the 2017/18 Academic Year
As the Dental Academic Research Trainees (DART) Council transitions this summer and prepares for the many exciting upcoming events, the new DART board for the 2017/2018 has been successfully selected after reviewing an extraordinary group of applicants. Each and every one of these council members are eager and ready to get started on working towards their DART goals.

DART would like to personally welcome the following members to the DART Council: Amr Alsabbagh, Mohammed Abu Sharkh, Yoon Chi, Mai El Najjar, Joy Nehme, Georgia Nikoulodaki, Ajay Thakar, and Sumeeta Warraich. Additionally, we are excited to have the following former members retain positions on DART Council: Kim Beaucage, Erik Holm, Yara Hosein, and Shawna Kim.

We would also like to thank Jennifer Archibald and Jennifer Branch for their contributions to DART Council in the past year as council members and wish them the best in their future endeavors. It is an honour to have them join the DART Council alumni.

Please go to the DART page for an updated council list, both present and past.

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Dr. Richard Miron, PhD, DDS, presented a seminar entitled, Next Generation Biomaterials for Bone and Periodontal Regeneration'. Dr. Miron is currently an Adjunct Professor in the department of Periodontology at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. From 2015-2016, he was the head of the Oral Cell Biology Laboratory at the University of Bern Switzerland under Chairs Professor Anton Sculean (Periodontology) and Daniel Buser (Oral Surgery). His main research interests involve the use of growth factors used for bone and periodontal regeneration, osteoinductive bone grafting materials; collagen barrier membranes and guided bone regeneration in implant dentistry.

Recently our ability to accurately describe biological events that take place during bone regeneration has drastically been improved by advancements made in the fields of cell and molecular biology. This talk discussed the future field of osteoinductive materials including the recent advancements made in synthetic osteoinductive bone grafts. Furthermore, the development of a liquid formulation of enamel matrix derivative (Osteogain) for bone and periodontal regeneration, as well as the bone-inducing properties of BMP9 were discussed. Lastly, advancements in centrifugation protocols were presented as key modifications to platelet rich fibrin (PRF) therapies. 


Mar 29 - Journal Club
Yuliya Mulyar, DDS 2017, presented a paper entitled “Isolation of Infective Zika Virus from Urine and Saliva of Patients in Brazil”.

Feb 22 - Seminar - POSTER
Dr. Nicole Neil
, PhD, BCBA-D (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Western University and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst), presented a seminar entitled, ‘Creating an inclusive practice for patients with developmental disabilities’. Dr. Neil currently teaches graduate courses in Applied Behaviour Analysis and is Coordinator of the MPED in Applied Behavior Analysis.  She has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities for over 10 years as a researcher and clinician. Her areas of expertise include assessment and intervention of challenging behaviour and improving communication.

Oral health care is the most prevalent unmet health care need among children with developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder and Down syndrome. They present with unique challenges in oral health care because behaviour management may be challenging and their medical history may be complex. This talk will give an overview of the oral health care needs of individuals with developmental disabilities, and provide evidence-based strategies to make the dental visit a pleasant experience.  Various adaptations a dentist can make to create an inclusive practice for individuals with disabilities will be outlined.

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