The Faculty of Dentistry is a major partner in the following McGill Research Centres and Institutes.
Pain research at McGill University is carried out by the McGill Centre for Research on Pain, which comprises researchers from the Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry and Science.
The main goal of the Centre is to bring together the McGill 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 that will improve the prevention and treatment of chronic pain.
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.
MIAM's vision is to discover, design, fabricate and understand new materials. MIAM is strengthening interdisciplinary interactions and partnerships among faculties and departments at McGill University involved in new materials. MIAM fosters creativity, promotes scholarship, enhances research capabilities, accelerates the transfer of research results into practical uses, attracts world-class faculty, students and post-doctoral fellows, attracts the attention of industry, and creates new funding opportunities. MIAM is achieving this by financially supporting the operation of core materials research infrastructure, developing new academic initiatives, and increasing the internal as well as external visibility of Materials Science and Engineering at McGill University.
MIAM has direct links to the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, interfacing with research groups involved in developing nanostructured biorecognition systems for uses in biosensors, biochips and biomaterials. Working with the Centre for Bone and Periodontal Research, such work is expected to have immediate impact in the development of new-generation, implantable biomaterials for orthopaedic and dental reconstructions.
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 useful for elucidating the ultrastructure and function of diverse materials. The FEMR supports and fosters the collaborative and multidisciplinary research activities of over hundred investigators from more than twenty departments in four faculties at McGill whose work has already had a major impact in the areas of biological, life, materials, and physical sciences. The majority of the users of the facility 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, compete internationally and to make certain that the efforts they have invested over the years will continue to have significant impact on their discipline. The state-of-the-art imaging and analytical facilities of the FEMR are used to derive structural, compositional, morphological, elemental, and molecular information from 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 Acute to Chronic Pain Transition (ACTION) Program was initiated by Dr. Ana M. Velly (D.D.S., M.Sc, Ph.D), Associate Professor, McGill University to elucidate strategies to promote the prevention and the treatment of acute and chronic pain. More specifically, the aims of this program include:
- Identifying the risk and prognostic factors related to acute and chronic pain;
- Identifying risk factors related to the transition from acute to chronic pain;
- Determining the relationship between chronic pain and comorbid conditions;
- Determining prognostic factors related to unsuccessful pain treatment;
- Evaluating the best strategies for the management of acute and chronic pain;
- Identifying the adverse events related to pharmacologic pain management.
- Identifying biomarkers associated with acute and chronic pain.
The LDI/JGH Databank for Saliva Specimens is the only bio-bank of saliva specimens in Canada. Its collection of samples (more than 2,100 to date) have been used to test for bio-markers for Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases, diabetes, scleroderma, orofacial pain, breast cancer, and microbiota.
All research on human tissues involves the creation of some repository in which to store them. We are currently seeing unprecedented proliferation in the number and capacity of these biobanks, whether in terms of storage duration, quantities of banked specimens, bank sites or related financial issues. In addition, the convergent development of electronic data processing and biological material preservation gives rise to large-scale storage and leading-edge human tissue studies. Data banks and biobanks are a valuable resource providing evidence that far exceeds the anecdotal knowledge culled from limited quantities of information or biological specimens. Their scientific value lies in the possibility of collecting data or specimens from hundreds or even thousands of individuals. Analysis of large amounts of data and specimens increases the statistical power of research outcomes and thereby enhances their validity. Biobanks owe their considerable worth to these larger quantities. The possibility of correlating banked data and, also, correlating those data and biological material multiplies research resources and improves the chances of gaining new knowledge. While this technical capability allows for many such correlations, it also puts respect for privacy and personal autonomy at greater risk.