Research Centres and Institutes

The Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences governs the following McGill Research Centres and Institutes.

Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain

Pain research at McGill University is carried out at the McGill Centre for Research on Pain, which includes researchers from the Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry, and Science.

The main goal of the Centre is to bring together McGill’s community of basic and clinical pain researchers to promote research that will result in cures for chronic pain. Through its own activities and international collaborations, the Centre focuses on new discoveries and their clinical applications to improve the prevention and treatment of chronic pain.

Director: Dr. Reza Sharif Naeini, Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences Associate Member

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Centre for Bone and Periodontal Research

The Centre for Bone and Periodontal Research provides a practical and intellectual focus to advance knowledge for the improved diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders of the skeleton and oral cavity.

The Centre for Bone and Periodontal Research was developed with financial support from the Canadian and Québec governments, McGill University, the Donner Foundation, and through the generosity of Mrs. Pierrette Wong and family.

The Centre for Bone and Periodontal Research currently supports the research programs of some of Canada's leading scientists working on arthritis, osteoporosis, metastatic and metabolic bone disease, and developmental disorders of the skeleton and oral cavity.

Director: Dr. Mari Kaartinen, Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences Associate Professor

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In addition to the two Research Centres governed by the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences, the Faculty is a major partner in the following associated research centres and institutes:

McGill Institute for Advanced Materials (MIAM)

MIAM's objective is to discover, design, fabricate, and understand new materials by fostering creativity; promoting scholarship; enhancing research capabilities; supporting the operation of core materials’ research infrastructure; developing new academic initiatives; and accelerating the transfer of research results into practical uses. MIAM attracts both world-class faculty, students, and post-doctoral fellows and the attention of industry, thereby increasing the internal as well as external visibility of Materials Science and Engineering at McGill University.

MIAM is dedicated to strengthening interdisciplinary interactions and partnerships among faculties and departments at McGill University that are involved in new materials. MIAM has direct links to the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences, interfacing with research groups involved in developing nanostructured biorecognition systems for use in biosensors, biochips, and biomaterials. This work, which takes place at the Centre for Bone and Periodontal Research, is expected to have immediate impact in the development of new-generation, implantable biomaterials for orthopaedic and dental reconstructions.

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Facility for Electron Microscopy Research (FEMR)

The mission of the Facility for Electron Microscopy Research (FEMR) is to promote and advance the science and practice of all microscopic imaging, analysis, and microdiffraction techniques that are useful for elucidating the ultrastructure and function of diverse materials. These materials include biological tissues, biomimetic materials, high-performance synthetic materials, polymers, colloids, and materials of importance in both earth and interplanetary studies.

The FEMR supports and fosters the collaborative and multidisciplinary research activities of over 100 investigators from more than 20 departments in four faculties at McGill whose work has already had a major impact in biological, life, materials, and physical sciences. The majority of FEMR users are NSERC and CIHR grant holders. By providing computer image processing and a networked environment combined with cutting-edge instrumentation, a modern infrastructure, and access to skilled personnel, the FEMR continues to support these researchers to ensure that they can advance their work more efficiently and compete internationally, making certain that the efforts these researchers have invested over the years will continue to have a significant impact on their respective disciplines.

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