Yoon Chi (DDS Class of 2020) presents at the 2018 Hinman Student Research Symposium in Memphis

November -The Hinman Student Research symposium is a national meeting that showcases research in the field of dentistry by dental students, residents and graduate trainees from over 60 dental schools across North America. The aim of the symposium is to appreciate and celebrate students and their mentors for their effort to advance the dental profession through research achievements. The three-day conference started with a welcoming dinner where Dr. Mark Herzberg, VP of the American Association for Dental Research, was invited as a keynote speaker to share his passion for research and his work. His motivational words set the stage for the remainder of the symposium which included oral and poster presentations from over 100 student researchers and interactive networking events.

Y ChiYoon 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'.

Y ChiWhen 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.

Award WinnersThe 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 - AndrZ Zahariaei 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-CDA Studentsmunication 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).

Dr Hargreave16th 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
presenting …
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

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

Time: 2:30-4:00 pm -1 CE point
Presented by: Dr. Ken Hargreaves
Location: Auditorium A - LHSC University Campus

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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

Meet & GreetCome 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

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.

NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship-Doctoral Award

Karla CrosaraCongratulations 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

DCS StudentsThe 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.

Two DCS students defended their theses in July 2014 and have also recently graduated from the DDS portion of the joint degree program. Erik Holm’s thesis which was entitled ‘Bone sialoprotein and osteopontin mediate bone development’ worked under the supervision of Drs. Harvey Goldberg and Frank Beier. Kim Beaucage worked under the supervision of Drs. Jeff Dixon and David Holdsworth on her project entitled, ‘P2X7 Receptors in Adipose and Skeletal Physiology’.

After earning their doctorates, Drs. Beaucage and Holm continued their involvement in research in the School while participating in the Dentistry’s Summer Research Program during their DDS studies.  Of note, Drs. Beaucage and Holm founded the Dental Academic Research Trainees (DART) group in 2015. DART is a group of passionate research trainees  composed of undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and dental specialty trainees that share a common interest in oral health research. DART provided a synergistic environment for these trainees to acquire new knowledge and further develop their skills. With generous support from Schulich Dentistry Research, the student group held relevant events, seminars and journal clubs to foster collaboration, learning and networking.

Award: Jeffrey Dixon Honoured for Excellence in Oral Biology

Jeff DixonCongratulations to Professor Emeritus Jeffrey Dixon, PhD, who was honoured by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) as the 2018 recipient of the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Research in Oral Biology. IADR recognized Dixon’s commitment to research which focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the resorption and formation of mineralized tissues in development, during orthodontic tooth movement and in inflammatory diseases such as periodontitis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Among many discoveries, Dixon was the first to use patch-clamp electrophysiological techniques to study osteoclasts and with collaborator Stephen Sims, he has maintained a leading role in the study of ion channels in osteoclasts. Dixon also pioneered studies of osteoclast motility and chemotaxis.

Sponsored by Church & Dwight Company, the Research in Oral Biology Award is one of the 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards and is one of the highest honors bestowed by IADR. The award consists of a monetary award and plaque and recognizes outstanding research in the field of oral biology. Dixon was recognized at the Opening Ceremonies of the 96th General Session of the IADR, held in conjunction with the IADR Pan European Regional (PER) Congress. The IADR/PER General Session & Exhibition is in London, England at the ExCeL London Convention Center from July 25-28, 2018. 

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

Walter Siqueira and Elizabeth Gillies - $410,624 for 4 years
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.”

 “The new grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research reflect the quality and the importance of the research that is being undertaken within our School,” said David Litchfield, Vice Dean of Research and Innovation at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. “In addition to enabling new discoveries, this funding will promote advanced training for our next generation of scientists and health care professionals.”
Read the full article - Schulich Medicine & Dentistry funding announcement

Dentistry Student Research Presentations

Summer Students

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


Celebrating the Dentistry Class of 2018 with Kim Beaucage

Kim Beaucage(Kim Beaucage, along with Erik Holm, graduated from the Schulich Dental Clinician-Scientist (DCS) program - a joint PhD/DDS program)
In 2008, Kim Beaucage, Dentistry Class of 2018, moved from her hometown of Waterloo to pursue graduate studies at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Now, 10 years later, she is excited to go back to where it all began.

“After graduation, I’m actually going back to the office where I worked as a receptionist and dental assistant trainee during high school and undergrad,” Beaucage said. “That's where I found my love for dentistry.”

Steadfastly focused on dentistry as a career, Beaucage applied to and was accepted into the Schulich Dental Clinician-Scientist (DCS) program, a year after arriving at Western. The unique program consists of a PhD in an area of research relevant to dentistry followed by a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree.

She completed her PhD in Physiology with supervision of Drs. Jeff Dixon and David Holdsworth. Her research focused on osteoporosis and fat metabolism, examining how these can change with mechanical loading of the skeleton, and evaluating these changes using 3D imaging techniques.

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Schulich Medicine & Dentistry collaborative research group successful in competition

Drs Rizkalla and HamiltonCanadian 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 

Practical application

By Ciara Parsons, BA’15
FarahIt was a few years ago when Farah Abu Sharkh, Dentistry Class of 2018, noticed an opportunity for greater interactive learning in one of her dentistry courses. She felt compelled to take action and took her academic education experience and channeled it into a research project as part of the Schulich Dentistry Research Opportunity Program (SDROP).

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

An annual lecture series and trainee graduate award in Skeletal Biology was established in honour of Dr. Suzanne Bernier (a wonderful colleague, collaborator and mentor, who passed away in 2007), to highlight outstanding contributions to the field of musculoskeletal research.  The Dr. Suzanne Bernier Memorial Fund, along with sponsors (Schulich Dentistry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Dept of Anatomy & Cell Biology, Western's Bone and Joint Institute, and the Collaborative Program in Musculoskeletal Health Research), contribute to Suzanne’s legacy by funding these projects.

The 11th Annual Suzanne M. Bernier Memorial Lecture in Skeletal Biology was delivered on May 10th by Elise F. Morgan, ME, MSE, PhD, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science, and Orthopaedic Surgery, and Mechanical Engineering Director of the Micro-Computed Tomography Imaging Core Facility, Boston University. The title of her talk was: ‘The Search for Better Predictors of Fracture Risk in the Spine’.

Dr. Morgan’s research focuses on the interplay between the mechanical behavior, structure, and biological function of tissues. Methods from engineering mechanics, materials science, and cell and molecular biology are used to investigate how mechanical “signals” (forces and displacements) contribute to the development, adaptation, degeneration, and regeneration of bone and cartilage.

P MartinEach year, a trainee carrying out Master's or PhD research in the field of Skeletal Biology is presented with the Dr. Suzanne Bernier Memorial Award, based on academic achievement and research accomplishments. This year, the award was presented to Pascal Morissette Martin, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, supervised by Dr. Lauren Flynn.  Pascal had the opportunity to share his latest research findings as part of the lecture, giving a talk entitled: ‘Matrix composition in 3-D collagenous bioscaffolds modulates the survival and angiogenic phenotype of human chronic wound dermal fibroblasts’.

Suzanne’s home department also honours her memory by awarding the Anatomy & Cell Biology Suzanne Bernier Publication Award to a graduate student judged by the Graduate Affairs Committee to have published the 'best' paper in the previous year. This year’s recipient is Sarah Caughlin, PhD, supervised by Drs. Shawn Whitehead & David Cechetto.  Publication: Caughlin S, Maheshwari S, Weishaup N, Yeung K K-C, Cechetto DF, and Whitehead SN (2018). Age-dependent and regional heterogeneity in the long-chain base of A-series gangliosides observed in the rat brain using MALDI Imaging. Scientific Reports. 7(1): 16135. DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-16389-z.

Expanding on Suzanne’s legacy in training, this year the lecture was held in conjunction with the Canadian Bone and Joint Young Investigator Forum that brought trainees from across Canada together to focus on transdisciplinary musculoskeletal research.

For more information on Suzanne Bernier, or to donate, visit http://reganfamily.ca/Suzanne/updates.html

Dentistry Seminar Series - Alpdoğan Kantarci, DDS, PhD

Kantarci-150-115.jpgMay 15 - Schulich Dentistry Research Seminar Series presents a lecture by Alpdoğan Kantarci, DDS, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. 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. 12:30pm | DSB 0010 | All Welcome

'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:

Dr MorganElise 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’   


“The Search for Better Predictors of Fracture Risk in the Spine”. Fractures of the bony vertebrae in the spine are the most common complication of osteoporosis. Estimates place the number of vertebral fractures occurring worldwide at between 1.4 and 4.2 million annually. Vertebral fractures are associated with pain, loss of mobility, poor mental health, increased risk for additional fractures, and increased risk of death.

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

March – 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.


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

Three-dimensional solutions

3D PrintingSchulich 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 

Dr CaoFebruary 27 - Schulich Dentistry Research Seminar Series presents a lecture by Zhengguo Cao, DDS, PhD, Chair and Professor, Department of Periodontology, Key Laboratory for Oral Biomedical Engineering of Ministry of Education, School of Stomatology, Wuhan University, China.  12:30pm | DSB 0010 | All Welcome

'Role of CyPA/EMMPRIN/MMP in the pathogenic mechanism of Periodontitis and Regulation of Osx and miRNA on the differentiation of cementoblast'  Poster/Abstract

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’

Dr QuinonezDentistry Seminar Series - Carlos Quiñonez, DMD, PhD

February 21 - Schulich Dentistry Research Seminar Series presents a lecture by Carlos Quiñonez, DMD, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, Director, Specialty Training Program in Dental Public Health, University of Toronto

'The politics of dentistry'  Poster/Abstract
12:30pm | DSB 0010 | All Welcome

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

January - 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.

CongratulationYoon chis 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.”

Group Photo

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.”


Dentistry Seminar Series - Jacques E. Nor, DDS, MS, PhD

Dr Nor

January 17 - Schulich Dentistry Research Seminar Series presents a lecture by Jacques E. Nor, DDS, MS, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences, Endodontics, Professor of Biomedical Engineering,College of Engineering, Professor of Otolaryngology, Medical School, University of Michigan

'Therapeutic targeting of head and neck cancer stem cells'  Poster/Abstract
10:30am | DSB 0010| All Welcome