Dr. Andrew Leask awarded major Arthritis Society grant
Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Leask, Schulich Dentistry Professor and a member of the interdisciplinary Bone and Joint Institute, who was awarded a major Arthritis Society grant. This grant is among seven announced nationally, as part of the Arthritis Society’s commitment to fund $2.1-million annually to researchers conducting cutting-edge projects during the next three years.
The Leask research team will examine whether a specific protein inhibitor might be used to halt or treat scleroderma fibrosis. Scleroderma is an auto-immune disease that results in the build-up of tough, fibrous scar tissue in the skin and other organs. They are working to discover whether YAP1 (yes-associated protein) is responsible for generating the scar tissue, and whether YAP1 inhibitors could be used to treat scleroderma.
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NCOHR’s New Programs
Dr. Alain Moreau, Director of the Network for Canadian Oral Health Research (NCOHR), will be at Schulich Dentistry on December 15 to present NCOHR’s New Programs. DSB 0010 | 12:45 - 2:00 PM - light lunch will be provided. Beforehand (12:00-12:45pm), Dr. Moreau will be available for an informal chat with students and researchers regarding NCOHR and potential new initiatives to improve the oral health research in Canada,
Alain Moreau, PhD. Director, 2016-2019 Network for Canadian Oral Health Research
Professor, Department of Stomatology, Faculty of Dentistry, and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal
Scientific Director, Viscogliosi Laboratory in Molecular Genetics of Musculoskeletal Diseases, Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center
Dentistry Seminar Series - Alpdoğan Kantarci, DDS, PhD
CANCELLED - December 13, 2017 Rescheduled for March 27, 2018
Schulich Dentistry Research Seminar Series presents a lecture by Alpdogan Kantarci, DDS, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Periodontology and Oral Biology, Adjunct Associate Professor, Molecular & Cell Biology, Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Associate Member of the Staff, Department of Applied Oral Sciences, The Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, MA.
‘Host-Microbiome Interactions in a Complex Microenvironment as a Mechanism of Periodontitis and Potential Targets for Novel Therapeutics’. Poster/Abstract
Dentistry Seminar Series - Stefan Ruhl, DDS, PhD
November 15 - Schulich Dentistry Research Seminar Series presents a lecture by Stefan Ruhl, DDS, PhD, Professor, Department of Oral Biology, School of Dental Medicine, University at Buffalo.
‘The Role of Glycan Recognition at the Salivary Proteome – Oral Microbiome Interface’.
10:30am | DSB 0010| All Welcome Poster
David Feere toured historic Beale Street in Memphis while attending the Hinman Student Research Symposium
October - 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”.
Andrei Zaharia (DDS 2018), attends Colgate Dental Students' Conference on Research
October - Andrei Zaharia travelled to Maryland to present his research at the American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation’s 53nd Annual Colgate Dental Students’ Conference in October 2017. Andrei competed for this travel award at Schulich Dentistry's 2016 Annual Research Day with his poster “Novel bioactive, fast-setting and injectable bone cement for bone augmentation”, supervised by Drs. Amin Rizkalla and Jeff Dixon, in Dentistry's Summer Research Program.
Students had the opportunity to network with a diverse group of individuals at the conference, including students from more than 50 dental schools across Canada and USA, the president of the FDA, the Senior Director of the Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center (VRC), the Global Director of Oral Care from Johnson & Johnson and many others. Panel discussions engaged the students in an open conversation about the various opportunities in the field, including academia, research, military and private practice. While visiting the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the group embarked on a tour of the NanoFab laboratory.
Zaharia remarked, “This aspect of the research center really interested me due to my ties to previous research in nano technology. It really opened my eyes as to what opportunities are available in the dental field related to my previous endeavors and expertise”. Following the tour, a research leader from the VRC presented breakthrough research on promising novel dental materials, aiming to supersede the current composites in the near future. The conference concluded with a visit to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where another panel discussion allowed students to ask questions about various research opportunities, summer programs, scholarships and career paths available. This tour ended with a visit to their clinical research facilities, showcasing stimulating clinical work and ongoing projects. Zaharia comments, “I feel as though I have been given a glimpse of an entirely different aspect of dental research, one which is extremely exciting and full of opportunities, and the realization that there’s so much more to dentistry than what we learn in our classrooms and clinics”.
Research Day Student Awards
The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry celebrated the research, innovation and collaboration of faculty and students at Schulich Dentistry Annual Research Day on October 11th. This year we had 16 DDS students (Jr Category), and 5 Grad Ortho and Graduate Basic Science students (Sr Category) available at their posters, answering your questions and inquiries (a complete list of presenters is attached). The 5 finalists in each category were asked to give an oral presentation for judging, and the awards are announced below. Over 300 faculty, staff and students attended the event ….thank you to everyone for your participation! Please join us in congratulating the following students who received awards for their Poster Presentations.
JUNIOR CATEGORY - Travel Awards to represent Schulich Dentistry at a National or International Conference.
Yoon Chi, DDS 2020 - Hinman Student Research Award - will represent Schulich Dentistry at the 2018 Hinman Student Research Symposium in Memphis, TN (usually end of Oct/early Nov). Awarded for poster: “Characterization of temporomandibular joint osteoarthritis in aging mice.” Supervised by Dr. Frank Beier.
Shawna Kim, DDS 2019 - ADA Foundation Award - will represent Schulich Dentistry at the 2018 Dental Student Research Conference in Maryland. Awarded for poster: “Underlying mechanism of phenytoin-induced gingival hyperplasia.” Supervised by Dr. Douglas Hamilton.
Andrei Zaharia, DDS 2019 - CDA/Dentsply Award - will represent Schulich Dentistry at the 2018 CDA National Oral Health Conference in Canada. Awarded for poster: “Novel Bioactive and Injectable, Co-Polymer-Reinforced Bone Cement for Bone Augmentation.” Supervised by Dr. Amin Rizkalla.
SENIOR CATEGORY - Merit Cash Awards
1st Karla Crosara, PhD Student - Supervised by Dr. Walter Siqueira. Awarded for poster: “Protein complex partners of amylase in whole saliva using proteomic approaches.”
2nd Michael Greene, Grad Ortho Student - Supervised by Dr. Antonio Mamandras. Awarded for poster: “Friction testing of contemporary self-ligating appliance systems.”
3rd Dorota Klubowicz, MSc Student - Supervised by Dr. Khadry Galil. Awarded for poster: “A novel idea in the use of ultrasound to guide nasolabial hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler injections to prevent alar nasal necrosis.”
Western University researchers use proteins in saliva to diagnose and find clues about Zika virus
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Internal Research Grant (IRG) - Accepting applications until Nov 17, 2017
August - The Internal Research Grant (IRG) Program supports research initiatives of relevance to oral health or dental education. This program promotes scholarly activity by faculty members whose primary appointment is within Schulich Dentistry. A maximum of $10,000 is available to successful applicants for seed money, one-time requests, and projects of short duration.
2017/18 COMPETITION - Open to full-time Schulich Dentistry Faculty members. More info .....
August - Our Dentistry Summer Students presented the conclusions to their summer research projects on August 17th. Faculty, students and staff were able to discuss the various research projects during the presentations and networking lunch. Thank you to sponsors, and all who supported and participated in the program.
See Presentation Schedule
Dentistry Seminar Series - Alyne Simões, DDS, PhD
July 3 - Schulich Dentistry Research Seminar Series presents a lecture by Alyne Simões, DDS, PhD,Assistant Professor of Biomaterials and Oral Biology,School of Dentistry, University of São Paulo‘Laser Therapy: From Basic Science to Clinical Outcomes'
12:30pm | DSB 0010 | All Welcome Poster/Abstract
2017 Quintessence Research Award - Jennifer Archibald
Incoming DART Council for the 2017/18 Academic Year
Dentistry Seminar Series - Theresa A. Guise, MD
May 24 - Schulich Dentistry Research Seminar Series presents a lecture by Theresa A. Guise, MD, Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, Jerry W. and Peg S. Throgmartin Professor of Oncology
Indiana University School of Medicine
‘Muscle function matters: role of the tumor-bone microenvironment in regulation of muscle function in cancer' Poster/Abstract
Co-sponsored by Bone & Joint Institute 12:30pm | MSB 148 | All Welcome
CDA/Dentsply Sirona Student Clinician Research Program
NATIONAL COMPETITION - 2nd Prize
At this year's conference, Jennifer was awarded SECOND PRIZE in the national competition with her research presentation, “Clinical evaluation of hydrophobic and hydrophilic sealants in paediatric patients”, supervised by Dr. Sahza Hatibovic-Kofman. CONGRATULATIONS JENNIFER!
10th Annual Suzanne Bernier Memorial Lecture in Skeletal Biology
We are pleased to invite all members of the University community to the 10th Annual Suzanne M. Bernier Memorial Lecture in Skeletal Biology, delivered this year by Lori A. Setton, PhD, Lucy and Stanley Lopata Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering & Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University, St Louis.
May 1, 2017 2:00pm POSTER
'Engineering Drug Depots to Target Local Inflammation'
McKellar Room | UCC 290 | University Community Centre Reception to follow at The Wave. All Welcome
Dr. Setton’s research is focused on understanding the mechanisms for degeneration and regeneration of soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system, including the intervertebral disc, articular cartilage, and meniscus. Her transdisciplinary research program combines mechanical engineering, materials synthesis, and cell and molecular biology to develop therapies for musculoskeletal pathologies.
The lecture series and graduate student award was established to highlight outstanding contributions to the field of musculoskeletal research in honour of Dr. Suzanne Bernier, a wonderful colleague, collaborator and mentor, who passed away in 2007.
Dr. A. Rizkalla awarded a Collaborative Research Seed GrantApril - Congratulations to Dr. Amin Rizkalla (Oral Biology, Schulich Dentistry and Dept of Medical Biophysics) for his project entitled:
‘Optimization of 3D-Printed Porous Titanium Constructs for Craniofacial Reconstuction’
Dentistry Seminar Series - Keith Kirkwood, DDS, PhD
April 19 - Schulich Dentistry Research Seminar Series presents a lecture by Dr. Keith Kirkwood, Associate Dean for Research, Professor and Chair, Department of Oral Health Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
Therapeutic Opportunities to Control Osteoclastogenesis in Periodontitis
12:30pm | H101| All Welcome Poster/Abstract
DART Seminar - Dr. Richard Miron, PhD, DDS
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.
March 29 - DART Journal Club
Yuliya Mulyar, DDS 2017, presented a paper entitled “Isolation of Infective Zika Virus from Urine and Saliva of Patients in Brazil”.
David Zuanazzi presented with the 2016-2017 CADR-NCOHR Student Research Award
March - David Zuanazzi, DDS, MSc (PhD Student) and Karla Crosara, DDS (MSc Student) from Schulich Dentistry presented posters at the 95th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR / 41st Annual Meeting of the CADR in San Francisco in March. Both students are supervised by Dr. Walter Siqueira (Schulich Dentistry).
At this annual meeting, Zuanazzi was presented with the 2016-2017 CADR-NCOHR Student Research Award for achieving second place in the Canadian Senior Clinical Science category for his work "Detection of Zika virus in saliva by mass spectrometry-based proteomic/ peptidomic”.
Student Profiled in 'The Bridge' - Jennifer Archibald, DDS 2017
Passionate about research, Archibald has spent three summers involved with the School’s Summer Student Research Program. She enjoyed rewarding research experiences after her first year with Graeme Hunter, PhD, and Harvey Goldberg, PhD, when she focused on biomineralization, and during her second year with Drs. Jacinta Santos and Gildo Santos when she completed a clinical evaluation of different treatment options for tooth restoration. Learn more - The Bridge
Dental Academic Research Trainee (DART) Group Seminar - Dr. Nicole Neil
February 22 - 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. POSTER
Dentistry Seminar Series - Thomas Diekwisch, DMD, PhD
February 15 - Schulich Dentistry Research Seminar Series presents a lecture byThomas Diekwisch, DMD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Dept of Periodontics, Director, Center for Craniofacial Research and Diagnosis, Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas, TX.
‘Epigenetic characteristics, genetic profiles, and regenerative potential of periodontal progenitors’. 12:30pm | H101| All Welcome
15 Summer research studentships awarded
February - 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. 15 Research Projects were funded for the summer of 2017. Congratulations to the following students who were awarded a Summer Research Studentship:
|Mohamad Abu Sharkh
|Elimination of palatal injection: Diffusion potential of the buccal vestibule|
|Culture of tongue carcinoma primary cell line CRL-1628 SCC-25 with mutations CDKN2A and TP53|
|Harvey Goldberg||Characterization of the Periodontal Defect in the BSP-Null Rat|
|Jeff Dixon||Ectopic calcification of the mandibular symphysis in mice lacking ENT1|
|Frank Beier||Characterization of TMJ osteoarthritis in aging mice|
|Aesthetic Outcome of Maxillomandibular Advancement Surgery for the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome|
|Doug Hamilton||Regulation of periostin-mediated fibronectin synthesis in gingival fibroblasts by ERK1/2|
|Andrew Leask||Does fibrosis promote cancer metastasiis?|
|Andrew Leask||Does fibrosis promote cancer metastasis via CCN1?|
|Walter Siqueira||C. Albicans biofilm formation on acrylic resin coated with a hybrid peptide|
|Doug Hamilton||Influence of nanometric topography on human gingival cell physiology|
Gildo Santos Jr.
|Five-year clinical performance of complex amalgam and resin composite restorations placed by dental students|
|Mechanism underlying ectopic calcification of the mandibular symphysis in mice lacking ENT1|
|Amin Rizkalla||Novel Bioactive Covalently Bonded Hybrid Coatings on Titanium Surfaces|
|Amin Rizkalla||Bioactive, Fast-Setting and Injectable Bone Cements for Craniofacial Reconstruction|
Dentistry Seminar Series - Philip Trackman, PhD
January 18 - Schulich Dentistry Research Seminar Series presents a lecture by Philip Trackman, PhD, Director, Graduate Programs in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, Professor, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston University.
‘Mechanisms of Oral Cancer Promotion by Lysyl Oxidase-Like-2’ 12:30pm | H101| All Welcome