Yoon Chi (DDS Class of 2020) presents at the 2018 Hinman Student Research Symposium in Memphis
Yoon Chi was chosen to represent the Schulich Dentistry Research Program at the prestigious 24th Hinman Student Research Symposium in Memphis, Tennessee this past November. Yoon (supervised by Dr. Frank Beier), was awarded this opportunity during Schulich Dentistry’s Annual Research Day by placing in the top 3 poster presentations. During the symposium, Yoon gave an oral presentation on her research work entitled: 'Characterization of Temporomandibular Joint Osteoarthritis in aging mice'.
When asked about her experience at the symposium, Yoon commented, “I was very impressed by the quality of research being conducted by all the students across North America. It's exciting to see work from various aspects of dental fields ranging from clinical to basic science research, all of which aim to provide a better outcome for patients. The whole experience showed how important it is to think 'outside the box', with good and solid fundamental understanding of oral biology.”
Yoon was able to network with many students from different schools, all sharing their clinical and research experiences. The students also had an opportunity to tour Graceland mansion and to enjoy live blues music on the historic Beale street.
Yoon noted “I am thankful to the Schulich Dentistry Research Program and our sponsors for providing an opportunity to attend the meeting and broaden my exposure to research in the dental field. This trip will remain as one of my highlights from dental school and I hope to continue to attend such conferences in the future.”
Research Day Poster Awards
A thank you to everyone for a very successful Research Day. This includes a collaboration of faculty, staff, student presenters, poster judges, volunteers, and also participants who took the time to challenge our students by asking questions; we believe over 300 faculty, staff and students attended the events! Hopefully you enjoyed learning about the research (both clinical and basic science) being conducted by our students within Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, and we also hope the research on “Pain Control’ being conducted by Dr. Ken Hargreaves helps with a clearer understanding of opioid use in Dentistry.
We would also like to thank the sponsors of our Summer Research Program (Schulich Dentistry, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Research, and the Ontario Dental Association), who provided studentship funds for our Summer Research Students, and enabled them to compete on Research Day, along with Grad Ortho Students and various other graduate students.
The award winning posters in the Junior Category are presented by the students at National and International Conferences, and brings high recognition of the various research being conducted by Schulich Dentistry. Congratulations again to the students in both categories who received awards.
JUNIOR CATEGORY (in no particular order)
Peter Sabiri, DDS 2021
Hinman Student Research Award - will represent Schulich Dentistry at the 2018 Hinman Student Research Symposium in Memphis, TN (usually end Oct/early Nov). Awarded for poster: ‘Epsilon sarcoglycan as a novel mediator of cell adhesion to titanium’. Supervised by Dr. Doug Hamilton
Yoon Chi, DDS 2020
ADA Foundation Award - will represent Schulich Dentistry at the 2018 Colgate Dental Students' Conference on Research in Maryland. Awarded for poster: ‘Characterization of temporomandibular joint osteoarthritis in aging mice’. Supervised by Dr. Frank Beier
Amr Alsabbagh, DDS 2020
CDA/Dentsply Sirona Student Clinician Research Program Award - will represent Schulich Dentistry at the 2019 CDA National Oral Health Conference in Canada. Awarded for poster: ‘Surrogate markers for high risk human papillomavirus infection in oral epithelial dysplasia: A comparison of p16, ki-67, and ProExC.’ Supervised by Dr. Christina McCord
1st - Alex Peidl, PhD Candidate - Supervised by Dr. Andrew Leask
Awarded for poster: ‘Therapeutic peptides based on CCN3 treat systemic sclerosis in a mouse model of the disease’.
2nd - Diego Diaz, Grad Ortho Student - Supervised by Dr. Ali Tassi
Awarded for poster: ‘Diagnostic ultrasound in the measurement of cortical bone thickness in porcine mandibular specimens: A pilot study’.
3rd - Woody Neilson, Grad Ortho Student - Supervised by Dr. Walter Siqueira
Awarded for poster: ‘Acquired bracket pellicle modulation via exposure to histatin’.
Andrei Zaharia presents at the CDA/Dentsply Sirona Student Clinician Research Program
August - Andrei Zaharia (DDS 2019), represented Schulich Dentistry at the 2018 CDA/Dentsply Sirona Student Clinician Research Program which took place during the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) Convention in Charlottetown, PEI. Zaharia (supervised by Dr. Amin Rizkalla), was awarded this opportunity during Schulich Dentistry’s Annual Research Day by placing in the top 3 poster presentations.
Zaharia gave an oral presentation on his research entitled, ‘Novel Bioactive and Injectable, Copolymer-Reinforced Cement for Bone Augmentation’.
Zaharia commented, “Dr. Mitch Taillon (CDA President), among other high-profile individuals were present during our research presentations – they were able to offer us great commentary, suggestions and insight on how our research may impact the dental field, stressing the importance of our individual projects”.
The program’s purpose is to stimulate ideas, improve com-munication and, most of all, to increase student involvement in the advancement of the dental profession.
Zaharia remarked, “It was quickly evident there is so much to learn from one another; an all-around astonishing experience, during which future dentists came together to present their cutting-edge research within a conference setting in a beautiful city such as Charlottetown”.
Oct 10 - Schulich Dentistry Annual Research Day
Join Schulich Dentistry on Research Day featuring student poster presentations (1:00 pm) and the 16th John T. Hamilton Distinguished Lecture (2:30 pm).
16th John T. Hamilton Distinguished Lecturer:
Kenneth M. Hargreaves, DDS, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Endodontics
University of Texas Health Science Centre at
San Antonio School of Dentistry
PAIN CONTROL: From Current Therapy to NextGen Analgesics
Objectives of the Seminar:
1. Describe a fast and efficient routine for managing dental pain emergency patients
2. Select the best combination of analgesics to manage dental pain
3. Describe new areas of pain research
Synopsis of the seminar - This evidence-based seminar is designed to provide effective and practical strategies for managing acute dental pain emergencies. The latest information on NSAIDS, acetaminophen-containing analgesics and local anesthetics will be provided with the objective of having immediate application to your next patient emergency. In addition, we will discuss the discovery of “endo-capsaicins” and the role they play in mediating acute and chronic pain. Discovery of these oxidized lipids has led to the development of novel classes of analgesic drugs.
Areas of expertise: Analgesics, Clinical Therapeutics in Endodontics, Hyperalgesia, Inflammation, Pain
STUDENT POSTER PRESENTATIONS & LUNCH
Time: 1:00-2:00pm -1 CE point
Location: Dental Sciences Building - Skeletal Biology Laboratories (DSB - Lower Ground Floor)
Approximately 30 research posters are presented by Dental, Grad Ortho, and Graduate Basic Science Students
JOHN T. HAMILTON DISTINGUISHED LECTURE
Time: 2:30-4:00 pm -1 CE point
Presented by: Dr. Ken Hargreaves
Location: Auditorium A - LHSC University Campus
View Dentistry Research Day
Dentistry classes and clinics are cancelled for the afternoon to allow all Dental students, faculty and staff to attend the lecture and Research Day.
All are welcome! Each event qualifies for 1 Continuing Education Point
Sep 13 - DART Meet & Greet Mixer
Come out and meet fellow like-minded research-driven individuals in dentistry. Dental Academic Research Trainees (DART) members, including upper year DDS students, graduate trainees and post-doctoral fellows will be in attendance. Learn about research experiences, opportunities and how to get involved from your fellow colleagues who are involved in dental research at Western or have been in involved at other institutions.
We're also looking for some Year 1 representatives to be involved in our DART Board and help us run events throughout the year.
Join us as we kick off the new academic year together!
Thursday September 13 from 5:30-6:30 PM SEE POSTER
Where: DSB 0010 (Lower Ground)
2018 Quintessence Research Award - Kim Beaucage
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.
NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship-Doctoral Award
Congratulations to Karla Crosara (PhD student supervised by Dr. Walter Siqueira), for being awarded the prestigious Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postgraduate Scholarship-Doctoral Award ($63,000 over 36 months).
Karla’s project focuses on exploring amylase-protein interactions in saliva. Besides identifying the salivary proteins involved in the formation of complexes with amylase, her thesis aims at characterizing such interactions with attention to determining the binding kinetics of amylase and some of the novel partners, as well as verifying the effects of complex formation on the functions of the binding partners. Karla’s application was considered meritorious based on academic excellence, research, and leadership abilities.
Dental Clinician Scientist Program Graduates
The Dental Clinician Scientist (DCS) program in Schulich Dentistry is a joint-degree program (PhD/DDS) whereby candidates undertake research in an area relevant to dentistry leading to a PhD degree, followed by followed by a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. The program is directed towards highly qualified and motivated students with aspirations of academic dentistry whose career objectives are to become productive clinician-scientists in oral health research.
Award: Jeffrey Dixon Honoured for Excellence in Oral Biology
CIHR Funding Success
Congratulations to our Schulich Dentistry Faculty Members on their success in the recent 2018 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Funding Competition:
Douglas Hamilton - $703,800 for 5 years
Co-applicants: Les Kalman, Mark Darling, Amin Rizkalla
Novel Biomaterials‐Based Strategies to Stimulate Periodontal Tissue Regeneration
Novel Drug Delivery System for the Combat of Dental Caries by using Salivary Peptides
“This funding means everything to the success of our project,” said Dr. Walter Siqueira whose funded project is looking for novel ways to prevent and treat cavities using nanotechnology. “Being awarded this funding from CIHR is a big achievement for our group.”
Read the full article - Schulich Medicine & Dentistry funding announcement
Dentistry Student Research Presentations
Please join us as Dentistry’s Research Program students present their accomplishments and conclusions from their summer projects on August 9.
Location: DSB 0010 (Lower Ground) Time: 11:00- 2:00pm
11:00am - Session 1
12:20pm - Lunch
1:00pm - Session 2
ALL WELCOME SCHEDULE | PROJECT LIST
Celebrating the Dentistry Class of 2018 with Kim Beaucage
(Kim Beaucage, along with Erik Holm, graduated from the Schulich Dental Clinician-Scientist (DCS) program - a joint PhD/DDS program)
Schulich Medicine & Dentistry collaborative research group successful in competition
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) awarded a Schulich Medicine & Dentistry research group with a Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) operating grant for their project entitled, ‘Novel technologies for engineering closure of non-healing skin wounds’. This multi-disciplinary collaborative research team consists of biologists, engineers, imaging specialists, a veterinarian, clinicians, and industrial collaborator. Western News Article
Primary Investigators include Dr. Douglas Hamilton (Dentistry/Anatomy & Cell Biology) and Dr. Amin Rizkalla (Dentistry/Chemical & Biochemical Engineering), along with David Bagley. Bagley is the CEO of Advanced BioMatrix, Inc. in San Diego, where they manufacture & distribute collagen and other quality 3D matrix products, specializing in three dimensional (3D) applications for tissue culture, cell assay, and cell proliferation.
Co-investigators include Drs. Maria Drangova, Luc Dubois, Alexander El Warrak, Andrew Leask, and Geoffrey Pickering. This Schulich Medicine & Dentistry collaborative group received one of only two grants awarded to Western in this cycle (full funding results).
Dr. Hamilton explains, ‘In normal individuals, most skin wounds close within a few days. However, in patients with diabetes or vascular problems, skin wounds can stay open leading to development of a "chronic" or non-healing wound. We are anticipating this project will lead to the development of new materials that could be used to make chronic skin wounds close.”
This NSERC partnered grant (with CIHR) will provide equal funding totaling $697,970 for a three-year term.
The CHRP Initiative funding supports innovative, interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects, requiring participation from the natural sciences or engineering community together with the health sciences community. This funding requires the translation of the research results to knowledge/technology users and related stakeholders outside the academic or training environment. As such, the proposed research projects must have a strong focus on knowledge translation and lead to health and economic benefits for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and/or a strengthened health care system.
Dentistry Student Research Presentations
June - Dentistry’s Research Program students will present an introduction of their projects on June 21. In addition, other dental students currently involved in research projects in our School, are invited to present their work. Dental Faculty and lab members are encouraged to attend. More information or inquires can be sent to Dentistry.Research@Schulich.uwo.ca
Introductory Presentations – DSB 0010 | 11:00am-2:00pm SCHEDULE
You can also mark your calendars for our final presentations in August
Final Presentation - August 9 | DSB 0010 | 11:00am-2:00pm
By Ciara Parsons, BA’15
The idea behind this project was to simplify the learning process related to dental anaesthesia instruction to make it more interactive and eventually launch an instructional series. Taking existing multimedia resources and modifying them into individual modules about dental freezing, Abu Sharkh created a user-specific instructional series about what each freezing does, applicable scenarios, techniques and how to troubleshoot difficult situations. Users of these modules were able to personalize their learning by controlling their progress and select which areas of instruction they wanted to focus on more closely.
“We wanted to make the program flexible so that it could be personalized to the way in which people like to learn and how much they already know about the subject. These modules allow you to skip around and focus on what you want to know,” she said. Read more in The Bridge
Dr. Suzanne Bernier Memorial Fund
For more information on Suzanne Bernier, or to donate, visit http://reganfamily.ca/Suzanne/updates.html
Dentistry Seminar Series - Alpdoğan Kantarci, DDS, PhD
'Host-microbiome interactions in a complex microenvironment as a mechanism of periodontitis and potential targets for novel therapeutics' Poster/Abstract
11th Annual Suzanne M. Bernier Memorial Lecture in Skeletal Biology
We are pleased to invite all members of the University community to the 11th Annual Suzanne M. Bernier Memorial Lecture in Skeletal Biology, delivered this year by:
Elise F. Morgan, ME, MSE, PhD POSTER
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science, Orthopaedic Surgery
Associate Chair for Graduate Research Programs
Mechanical Engineering Director, Micro-Computed Tomography Imaging Core Facility, Boston University
'The Search for Better Predictors of Fracture Risk in the Spine’
Despite the common occurrence and serious consequences of vertebral fractures, the methods currently available in the clinic to evaluate an individual’s risk of fracture are widely recognized as inadequate. These methods rely on average measures of bone density in the spine and thus ignore the structural complexity of each vertebra.
This talk will present evidence that the search for better methods of predicting fracture risk requires first a better understanding of how this complex structure—the vertebra—fails and what factors control the failure process. Through a combination of laboratory experiments, computer modeling, and population studies, we are able to elucidate the failure process, evaluate methods for accurately simulating this process, and develop new predictors of the likelihood of fracture. These tools, and the knowledge gained from them, help to chart a clear path towards obtaining accurate, patient-specific predictions of fracture risk in the spine.
3:00-4:30 pm - Labatt Health Sciences Building - HSB 40 [Reception to follow - FIMS Atrium]
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. Expanding on Suzanne’s legacy in training, this year the lecture is being held in conjunction with the Canadian Bone and Joint Young Investigator Forum that will bring trainees from across Canada together to focus on transdisciplinary musculoskeletal research.
Schulich Students presented at AADR/CADR Annual Meeting
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).
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”.
11 Summer research studentships awarded
February - The Schulich Dentistry Research Opportunity Program (SDROP) provides an opportunity for students enrolled in the DDS program to contribute to clinical and basic science research being performed in Schulich Dentistry. Each year, there are a limited number of Studentships awarded by competition. 11 Research Projects were funded for the summer of 2018.
Maher Alazzam, 2021 / Supervisos: Drs. Amin Rizkalla, Doug Hamilton
Project: Novel bioactive covalently bonded hybrid coatings on titanium surfaces
Amr Alsabbagh, 2020 / Supervisors: Drs. Mark Darling, Zia Khan
Project: Culture of tongue carcinoma primary cell line CRL-1628 SCC-25 with mutations CDKN2A and TP53
Yoon Chi, 2020 / Supervisor: Dr. Frank Beier
Project: Characterization of TMJ osteoarthritis in aging mice
Kristen Desranleau, 2020 / Supervisors: Drs. Amin Rizkalla, Doug Hamilton
Project: 3-D Printed Bioactive Glass-Copolymer Scaffolds for Bone Augmentation
Lucy Leon, 2020 / Supervisors: Drs. Jacinta Santos, Gildo Santos
Project: Three-year retrospective clinical study of glass ionomer restorations placed at Schulich Dental Clinic
Tianhui Li, 2021 / Supervisor: Dr. Doug Hamilton
Project: Influence of nanometric topography on human gingival cell physiology
Vishal Patel, 2019 / Supervisor: Dr. Les Kalman
Project: In vitro testing and validation of a 3D printed titanium tempcap for dental abutment systems
Peter Sabiri, 2021 / Supervisor: Dr. Doug Hamilton
Project: Epsilon Sarcoglycan as a novel mediator of cell adhesion to titanium
Erik Hwa Tamberg, 2021 / Supervisors Drs. Khadry Galil, Tim Wilson, Atson Fernandez, Hanif Ladak
Project: Investigation TMJ and tinnitus trough disco malleolar ligament
Ran Wei, 2021 / Supervisor: Dr. Shawn Li
Project: Profile the methylome and kinome of head and neck cancer stem cells
Rachel Ziliotto, 2020 / Supervisor: Dr. Frank Beier
Project: TMJ osteoarthritis in Mig6 KO mice
Schulich Dentistry researchers are developing novel applications of three-dimensional (3D) printing for use in cranio-facial reconstruction. Amin Rizkalla, PhD, PEng, is the principal investigator and he is working with a team of people, including Yara Hosein, PhD, Drs. Joe Armstrong and Henry Lapointe, as well as David Holdsworth, PhD, to determine how 3D printing can be utilized to develop porous titanium constructs for craniofacial reconstruction. They are hoping that their research will help to solve a large problem in current craniofacial reconstruction methods. See full article on The Bridge
Dentistry Seminar Series - Zhengguo Cao, DDS, PhD
Schulich Dentistry 2017/18 IRG (Internal Research Grant) Competition
February - Congratulations to Drs. Les Kalman and Ali Tassi, Clinician Scientists, who were each awarded a Schulich Dentistry IRG of $10,000 each. ABSTRACTS
Dr. Les Kalman
Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry and Coordinator, Dental Outreach Community Service (DOCS)
‘In vitro Testing and Validation of a 3D Printed Titanium Tempcap for Dental Abutment Systems’
Dr. Ali Tassi
Assistant Professor and Clinic Director - Graduate Orthodontics
Co-investigators: Drs. Roman Maev and Bartosz Slak (Windsor)
‘Ultrasonography in the Detection of Tooth Roots and Inter-radicular Spaces to Aid in the Insertion of Temporary Anchorage Devices for Orthodontics’
Dentistry Seminar Series - Carlos Quiñonez, DMD, PhD
12:30pm | DSB 0010 | All Welcome
Yoon Chi (DDS 2020), awarded first prize in national poster competition
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.”
Congratulations 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.
Dentistry Seminar Series - Jacques E. Nor, DDS, MS, PhD
10:30am | DSB 0010| All Welcome