At Unversité laval, like other universities, Honorary doctorates are presented to people whose accomplishments are considered remarkable and exemplary.
Professor Jocelyne Feine has led a prolific career in dental medicine, guided by the conviction that research must be aligned with the needs of the population. She has also helped train many students who have gone on to become leaders in teaching and research in Canada and around the world. Dr. Feine holds a PhD in dental surgery (D.D.S.) from the University of Texas and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Université de Montréal's Faculty of Dental Medicine, where she went on to become an associate professor. She was then promoted to professor with McGill University's Faculty of Dentistry.
A leader in clinical trials aimed at improving oral health and quality of life for edentulous populations, Dr. Feine's prosthodontic research has been prominent in recent therapeutic advances for mandibular implant overdentures. Through the international impact of her research, this treatment has become more accessible to edentuous patients seeking improved chewing ability. Professor Feine is also known for her work on the assessment and perception of chronic pain, particularly pain caused by temporomandibular disorders, and the efficacy of therapeutic approaches. Furthermore, she has carried out groundbreaking research on how people with Downs syndrome perceive pain.
From that work and as Editor-in-Chief of the JDR Clinical and Translational Research journal, Professor Feine has contributed to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in the field of oral health and the evolution of her profession at home and around the world. She is a role model for the next generation of physician scientists in dental medicine.