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2018 Quintessence Research Award - Kim Beaucage

K Beaucage with Dr. HamiltonDentistry's 2018 Quintessence Research Award was presented to Kim Beaucage, DDS 2018, on the recommendation of the Research Committee, following nomination by faculty supervisors.  This is an annual award to a graduating dental student who has been exemplary in research in the undergraduate dental program.

Dr. Doug Hamilton, Assistant Dean, Dentistry Research stated, “Kim has been awarded Summer Research Studentships for 3 years in a row, working with researchers such as Drs. Jeff Dixon, Cheryle Séguin, and David Holdsworth.  With this support Kim discovered and characterized ectopic calcification of the mandibular symphysis in mice lacking equilibrative nucleoside transporter 1. In 2015, Kim won the ADA Foundation Travel Award at the Dentistry Research Day Poster Presentations, enabling Kim to attend and present her research at the ADA Foundation 52nd Annual Dental Students’ Conference on Research in Bethesda, Maryland. Kim’s work has been presented at two international meetings and a manuscript based on these studies is currently in preparation for the Journal of Dental Research.”

Dr. Hamilton also commented on Kim’s contributions to research leadership as a dental undergraduate student. In 2015, Kim co-founded the highly successful Dental Academic Research Trainee (DART) Group. In this organization, Kim served as co-chancellor with duties that included organizing events relevant to dental research (e.g., speakers, workshops, seminars, networking occasions), chairing meetings of board members, communicating with faculty and students, facilitating collaboration among student research trainees in dentistry, and enhancing the profile of dental research at Western.

Schulich Students presented at AADR/CADR Annual Meeting

Karla Crosara, Shawna Kim and Georgia Nikoloudaki presented their research posters at the Annual General Meeting of the CADR (Canadian Association for Dental Research), held in conjunction with the annual AADR meeting, in Fort Lauderdale in March.

Congratulations to Georgia Nikoloudaki, DDS (PhD candidate), supervised by Dr. Douglas Hamilton, who had earlier competed for and won a CADR-NCOHR Student Research (Travel) Award to attend and present at this annual meeting.  This award was sponsored by the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR) and the Network for Canadian Oral Health Research (NCOHR).aadr

Georgia remarked, ‘The award from CADR/ΝCHOR gave me the opportunity to attend the annual meeting this year and present my research entitled ‘Characterization of the Effect of Periostin Deletion on Palatal Wound Healing’. It was great to see our lab’s work recognized; the meeting was an ideal environment to share our research and receive feedback and ideas from experts in the field. We were exposed to a wide range of dental research topics and met with prominent researchers in the field, as well as numerous North American dental students. The cutting-edge research, networking and feedback are an invaluable experience, opening new horizons for personal development and professional opportunities’.

Shawna Kim, PhD (DDS 2019 candidate), also supervised by Dr. Douglas Hamilton, presented two posters: ‘Periostin modulates collagen and fibronectin synthesis during gingival healing’ (based on her research from Schulich Dentistry's Summer Research Program), and ‘Fibrotic phenotype of phenytoin-induced gingival enlargement’.  Shawna remarked, “Attending this conference was such a valuable experience where we could network and share our experience with fellow researchers and clinicians.  We also experienced experts sharing their professional insights on different areas of dental research”.

aadrKarla Crosara, DDS (PhD Candidate), supervised by Dr. Walter Siqueira, presented her research work entitled ‘Orthodontic Bracket Pellicle Proteome Modulation after Exposure to Fluoride’. This pioneer work identified, for the first time, variations to the elemental surface composition of metallic and ceramic orthodontic brackets due to exposure to fluoride solution, and described consequent qualitative changes to the bracket protein pellicle formed on fluoride-treated brackets compared to distilled water treatment.

Yoon Chi (DDS 2020), awarded first prize in national poster competition

Schulich Dentistry Students had the opportunity to attend the Inaugural Canadian Dental Student Conference (CDSC), hosted by the Federation of Canadian Dentistry Student Association (FCDSA) in Toronto. One of the main goals of CDSC is to reach beyond the fundamentals of dental education with keynote speakers, sessions and workshops addressing issues of importance to students in all years of dental school. Approximately 650 dental students across Canada attended the event.

Yoon ChiCongratulations to Yoon Chi, who was awarded first prize in the FCDSA’s National Student Research Competition which invited dental student researchers to participate in a scientific poster exhibition and learn about the cutting edge dental research underway across the country. Yoon presented a poster based on her research from Schulich Dentistry's Summer Research Program, entitled “Characterization of temporomandibular joint osteoarthritis in aging mice”, supervised by Dr. Frank Beier.

Yoon remarked, “I am extremely honoured to be awarded the first prize, especially after seeing all the great work done by each presenter. Students were very passionate about their research and it was amazing to have a glimpse of various aspects of dental research.”

This competition gives dental students the chance to interact with professors and fellow researches and to highlight the importance of research in advancing the field of dentistry. Yoon commented, “Participation in this research competition gave me an opportunity to interact with other dental students with the same passion in conducting research in dentistry-related fields and to learn about their work. I highly believe the best standard of dental care is achieved when researchers constantly acquire knowledge and translate this into the clinical practice.”