Dentistry Research Day

Dentistry Research Day and 17th Annual John T. Hamilton Lecture

Spring 2021 

Our Distinguished Lecturer will be Dr. Paul Allison, Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University

Dr. Paul AllisonDr. Allison gained his dental degree (BDS) from University College London (UK) in 1986. He then pursued specialist training in oral and maxillo-facial surgery and in dental public health and in 1994 moved to McGill University in Montreal and completed his PhD in 1998. He became a professor at the Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, in 1999. He became Director of the Quebec-based Oral and Bone Health Research Network during the period 2005-08 and served two five-year mandates as Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill during 2008-18. He was President of the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry during 2015-19 and is currently President of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He is also currently a member of the Board of the Canadian Council of Academies and on Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

 Dr. Allison’s research interests include psychosocial and social determinants of oral health and oral health care, including issues of access to health care. His research has particularly focused on people with head and neck cancer, with Down syndrome, young children and other vulnerable groups. In 2014, he chaired a CAHS panel that published a report on improving access to oral health care. Most recently, he was an author in a The Lancet series on oral health (


The John T. Hamilton Distinguished Lecture

Dr HamiltonThe John T. Hamilton Distinguished Lectureship is awarded to an outstanding dental researcher. This lectureship was founded in 1997 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. 

Previous Distinguished Lecturers:

16th Annual John T. Hamilton Distinguished Lecturer – 2018
PAIN CONTROL: From Current Therapy to NextGen Analgesics
  Ken M. Hargreaves, DDS, PhD
  Professor and Chair, Department of Endodontics
  San Antonio School of Dentistry
  University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas

15th Annual John T. Hamilton Distinguished Lecturer - 2016
Health Research - From Particles to Policy
  Jocelyne S. Feine, DDS, HDR
  Professor, Oral Health and Society Division, Faculty of Dentistry
  Associate Member, Departments of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Oncology, Faculty of Medicine
  McGill University

14th Annual John T. Hamilton Distinguished Lecturer - 2015
Future Prospects for Oral and Periodontal Regenerative Medicine
  William V. Giannobile, DDS, DMSc
  William K. & Mary Anne Najjar Professor of Dentistry & Biomedical Engineering
  Chair, Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine Periodontics and Oral Medicine
  Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Dental Research
  University of Michigan Schools of Dentistry and Engineering

13th Annual John T. Hamilton Distinguished Lecturer - 2014
Advances in defining the factors and mechanisms controlling development and regeneration of periodontal tissues
  Martha J. Somerman, DDS, PhD
  Director, National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research
  Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
  National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD, USA

12th Annual John T. Hamilton Distinguished Lecturer - 2013
Biomaterial Microenvironments for Stem Cells to Regenerate Dental and Craniofacial Tissues
  Peter X. Ma, MSc, PhD
  Richard H. Kingery Endowed Collegiate Professor of Dentistry Biologic and Materials Sciences
  University of Michigan School of Dentistry

11th Annual John T. Hamilton Distinguished Lecturer - 2012
Balancing Sugar & Caries / Fluoride & Fluorosi
  Jaime A. Cury, DDS, MSc, PhD
  Professor of Biochemistry and Cariology Cariology at the Piracicaba Dental School
  University of Campinas, Brazil

10th Annual John T. Hamilton Distinguished Lecturer - 2011
State-of-the-Art Etch-and-Rinse Adhesives
  David H. Pashley, DMD, PhD
  Emeritus Regents' Professor of Oral Biology College of Dental Medicine
  Georgia Health Sciences University

9th Annual John T. Hamilton Distinguished Lecturer - 2010
Salivary Diagnostics: Scientific and Clinical Frontiers
  David Wong, DMD, DMSc
  President - American Association for Dental Research Associate Dean of Research
  UCLA School of Dentistry

8th Annual John T. Hamilton Distinguished Lecturer - 2008
Effects on Implant Surface Topography on Cell Behaviour In Vitro and In Vivo
  Donald Brunette, BSc, MSc, PhD
  Professor, Department of Oral Biological and Medical Sciences Faculty of Dentistry
  University of British Columbia

7th Annual John T. Hamilton Distinguished Lecturer - 2006
Dental Research Gone Wild – Join the Party
  Stephen Bayne, MS, PhD, FADM
  Professor & Chair Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics
  President, International Association for Dental Research
  University of Michigan

6th Annual John T. Hamilton Distinguished Lecturer - 2004
Apatite crystal formation in dental enamel:  implications for hypoplasia, fluorosis and caries
  Colin Robinson, PhD
  Director of Research, Leeds Dental Institute
  University of Leeds, U.K.

5th Annual John T. Hamilton Distinguished Lecturer - 2003
Anabolic Actions of Parathyroid Hormone in Bone: Models and Mechanisms
  Laurie K. McCauley, DDS, MS, PhD
  Chair, Dept of Periodontics, Prevention & Geriatrics Faculty of Dentistry
  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

4th Annual John T. Hamilton Distinguished Lecturer - 2001
Periodontal Disease and Systemic Health: Current Evidence and Possible Mechanisms
  James Beck, PhD
  Kenan Professor, Dept of Dental Ecology Co-director of the Centre for Inflammatory Disorders and the
  Centre for Oral and  Systemic Diseases
  University of North Carolina

3rd Annual John T. Hamilton Distinguished Lecturer - 2000
  Christopher McCulloch, DDS, PhD, FRCD(C)
  University of Toronto

2nd Annual John T. Hamilton Distinguished Lecturer - 1999
Design of Dental/Orthopaedic Implants. The Bone-to-Implant Interface: The Meeting Ground for the Biological and Materials Sciences
  Robert Pilliar, PhD, PEng
  Director, Centre for Biomaterials
  University of Toronto

1st Annual John T. Hamilton Distinguished Lecturer - 1997
  David Goltzman, MD
  Professor, Departments of Medicine and Physiology
  Director, Centre for Advanced Bone and Periodontal Research
  Director, Calcium Research Laboratory
  McGill University Health Centrte