David Feere toured historic Beale Street in Memphis while attending the Hinman Student Research Symposium

David Feere, DDS 2018, attended the Hinman Student Research Symposium in Memphis in October to present his poster entitled: “The Effect of Matrix Stiffness on Fibroblast Gene Expression.”  Feere (supervised by Dr. Andrew Leask in Dentistry's Summer Research Program), competed for this travel award at Schulich Dentistry's 2016 Annual Research Day.

Feere remarked, “Research presentations by students broadened my understanding of what research may allow dentists to do clinically, in the future, to achieve better outcomes for patients”.

During a tour of the Graceland mansion, over the local fare of catfish and smoked meat, and during an evening enjoying the live blues music on the historic Beale Street, Feere was able to interact with fellow colleagues and share research and clinical experiences.

The Hinman Student Research Symposium is a national meeting featuring presentations of research studies undertaken by dental students and graduate trainees from over 60 dental schools across North America. The goal of this symposium is to help raise and maintain the quality of dental research and education by encouraging participation of dental students, graduate trainees and dental school faculty in research to improve oral health care.

“I am extremely grateful for representing Schulich; this experience would not have been possible without the Dentistry Summer Student Research Program,” Feere commented.  “For any student who has an interest in research, I would highly recommend pursuing that interest.  You never know where research will take you, what you will learn, or who you will meet along the way”.