17th Research Day showcases remarkable student research

Event featured over 70 poster and oral presentations

The Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences held its 17th annual Research Day on April 18th, providing an opportunity for its graduate and undergraduate students to present their research and findings. The event was a success, showcasing the exceptional research within the faculty and highlighting the importance of continued advancements in the field of dental medicine and oral health sciences.

The event featured two keynote speakers, Dr. Carlos Quiñonez, Vice Dean and Director of Dentistry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry of Western University, and Dr. Jill Helms, Professor of Surgery and Co-Director of the Center for Maternal Fetal Precision Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Quiñonez spoke about the ethical and professional pressures in the dental care sector, while Helms' presentation focused on techniques that mimic a human's natural ability to restore soft tissue attachment to teeth and implants. The engaging presentations inspired the audience and fostered meaningful discussions among attendees.

Over 70 students presented their research through poster and oral presentations. As Heba Madi, PhD Candidate and the Chair of the Research Day organizing committee explains, "participating in Research Day means presenting your research work to an audience, which may include fellow students, faculty members, and industry professionals. It typically involves preparing a poster or presentation that summarizes the key findings and implications of your research and being available to answer questions and discuss your work with others. It is an opportunity to share your research, gain valuable feedback, and potentially make important connections."

The day concluded with an award ceremony recognizing outstanding presentations and a cocktail reception, which provided an opportunity for further networking and discussions among participants. Madi notes that presenting at Research Day helps to build students' confidence and improve their communication skills, both of which are important for success in any field of research. 

Overall, the event was a true celebration of knowledge, collaboration, and innovation. "Participating in Research Day can have a significant impact on your research in a number of ways. It allows you to receive feedback from others in your field, which can help you to refine your research methods, identify new areas for exploration, and make important connections. Additionally, participating in Research Day can help you build your professional network, which can be valuable as you seek to advance your academic or professional goals" says Madi.

Congratulations to the winners of the presentation awards, and to all participants for their hard work and dedication to advancing the field of dental medicine and oral health sciences!

Graduate Poster Presentation Awards (Sponsored by RSBO)

1st place: Connie Colagrosso

2nd place: Clay Smith

3rd place: Jack Chapman

Knowledge Translation Awards

Isabela Vitienes

Residents (the Dr. Stephane R. Schwartz Award for Excellence in GPR Research, sponsored by Dr. Nikhil Sharma)

Dr. Shany Ouaknine and Dr. Ingrid Harb. Survival of NeoMTA pulpotomies in primary dentition

DMD projects - Critically Appraised Topic Summaries Awards (Sponsored by Sunstar)

1st place: Zainab Abdulhusein, Jad El Jabi, Kamelya Doksanoglu, Mohammed Mohammed and Yu Chen Yang. The effect of lower primary canine extractions on permanent incisor crowding: A Critically Appraised Topic

2nd place: Frédérique Bédard, Alyssa Bodocan, Adam Centomo-Bozzo, Ashim Das Stella and Maria Predoiu. Do zirconia crowns produce greater rates of enamel wear on antagonist teeth than natural teeth? A Critically Appraised Topic

3rd place: Lisa Xu, Sean Motwani, Russel Gitalis, Stacy Kan and Joon Kwon. Stepwise and selective caries removal techniques are more effective than complete caries removal in deep carious lesions of permanent dentition. A Critically Appraised Topic

DMD Summer Research Students Awards (sponsored by CDA/Dentsply Sirona)

1st place: Michelle Cwintal

2nd place: Joey Chammas

3rd place: Reza Shahmohammadi

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