A message from the dean

As newly appointed dean of the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, this has been an exciting and busy time!

We welcomed our incoming dental hygiene, dental and graduate students in their respective programs. We had meetings with all our stakeholders: our students, support and administrative staff, full and part-time academics. We organized a retreat, where we established our goals for the upcoming year. We participated in homecoming with the Class of 1969, celebrated and honoured the achievements of one of its members.

We completed and distributed our Capital Planning Map to prepare for the upgrades that our facilities will require.

With the financial assistance of Dr. Gerald Niznick, we initiated the process of obtaining and introducing digital technology in our pre-clinical curriculum.

Our faculty and staff participated in insightful presentations on equity, diversity and inclusion, by Jackie Gruber, the director from the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. Some of our faculty also completed the online San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety course.

We also welcomed new faculty and staff to our college. We are looking forward to their input and enthusiasm to help us continue on our path of innovation and excellence in teaching and research.

With these new beginnings, we are excited and optimistic about the changes and innovations in the year to come!

Visit from Dr. Gerald Niznick inspires faculty, students 

On Oct. 4, the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry was honoured by a visit from alumnus Dr. Gerald Niznick, the implant dentistry pioneer who, with his wife Reesa, made a landmark gift of $7.5 million to the college in 2018.

Following a tour of the college that now bears his name, Niznick gave a noon-hour presentation to students and faculty on the theme “Development of the Value Segment of the Implant Industry.”

The California-based prosthodontist graduated from the U of M in 1966. He is not only a renowned inventor who devised and patented dental implant technologies, but an astute entrepreneur who drove the industry forward in terms of manufacturing and marketing. 

In his engaging talk, Niznick discussed the technical evolution of implants and shared how his innovative business ideas, such as all-in-one packaging, helped him “go after” his competitors.

Dr. Anastasia Kelekis-Cholakis, dean of dentistry, said it was inspiring to host the philanthropist, who has set an extraordinary example of professional achievement, and of support for his alma mater.

“Dr. Niznick is interested in everything we’re doing at the college,” Kelekis-Cholakis said. “We are so fortunate to have a benefactor who energizes us to keep striving for excellence and innovation.”

Orthodontic clinic gets state-of-the-art upgrades

On Sept. 26, a grand reopening was held for the orthodontic clinic at the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry.

The sunny space has been modernized with 12 new dental chairs, enhancing patient care and the learning of residents – dentists who train to be orthodontists through a three-year master’s program. The clinic’s sterilization equipment has also been upgraded.

Read the full story here

Donation to Graduate Orthodontic Clinic

Dr. Charles Lekic continues to be a strong supporter of the orthodontic program. In Oct., he made a $5,000 donation towards the costs of upgrading the Graduate Orthodontic Clinic. 

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Zivka Lekic, Dr. Charles Lekic and Dr. Billy Wiltshire. 

100 years of the Journal of Dental Research

The Journal of Dental Research is 100 years old this year. To celebrate its centennial, the journal’s associate editor picked well-cited articles, which had applications in several branches of dental research, to republish. The journal called them Star Papers and one of the articles selected was written by professor emeritus Dr. Colin Dawes, who was a faculty member for more than 50 years. The paper titled The surface area of the adult human mouth and the thickness of the salivary film covering the teeth and oral mucosa was written by Dawes and a dental student in 1987.

As well as the Star Papers, the Journal of Dental Research selected eleven topics to review the developments over the last hundred years in different areas of dental research. Dawes and Dr. David Wong, a professor at UCLA, were asked to write an article on salivary research for the February issue.

Canadian Association of Orthodontists conference

Dr. Robert Drummond (left) and Dr. Fabio Pinheiro (right), both assistant professors in the graduate orthodontics program, presented scientific papers at the Canadian Association of Orthodontists conference held from Sept. 19-21 in Fredericton, N.B.

U of M alumni, staff and nine orthodontic residents gathered at the alumni function at the close of the Canadian Association of Orthodontists conference.

Family members inspire dentistry students to succeed

Reyce Cochrane was excited when he put on his white coat at the Opening Assembly for the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry and the School of Dental Hygiene on Sept. 5.

He thought about how hard he worked to get into dental school and how it all paid off. His inspiration to work tirelessly in school came from his grandfather, Harold Cochrane.

“Even though my grandpa had a terrible experience with residential school, he still realized that education was the key to success and that’s really been my motivation,” the first-year dental student said.

Read the full story here

Dr. Devi Atukorallaya, assistant professor, department of oral biology, secured NSERC funding ($162,500 for 2019-2024) for the project entitled Mexican tetra (Astyanax mexicanus) as a model to understand the development and regeneration of the epithelial appendages.

Dr. Atukorallaya and Dr. Benjamin Lindsey, assistant professor, department of human anatomy and cell science, were awarded funding to build the first fish facility on the Bannatyne campus. 

Dr. Atukorallaya has also been selected as the C Observer in the peer review process of the CIHR Project Grant: Fall 2019 competition.

Dentist who escaped violence in Nigeria now a U of M success story

Every immigrant comes to Canada with visions of achieving success and stability, says Dr. Ehiedu Osemiha, who left Nigeria with his wife and son in 2014.

But for Osemiha, a dentist in the Nigerian Air Force who narrowly escaped a terrorist attack, the dream of qualifying as a dentist in Canada seemed almost too elusive to hope for.

“Leaving Nigeria for Canada was like jumping into the ocean, hoping to catch a goldfish,” says the genial 42-year-old, known by the nickname “Chuks.”

Read the full story here

A team of doctors have had their proposal for presentation accepted by the ADEA to present at the next Annual General Meeting from March 14-17, 2020, in National Harbor, Maryland. The team includes Drs. Anthony Nowakowski, Mike Barczak, Igor Pesun, Aaron Kim and Mr. David Waller. The presentation is titled Mining Clinical Management Software: Researching Survival Rates in a Canadian Dental School Environment using “AXIUM.”

Continuing Professional Development 

Have you looked through the Continuing Dental Education Calendar for Fall 2019 and Winter/Spring 2020? Courses include A Review of Drugs in Dentistry, Management of Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office and Digital Fabrication of Surgical Guides for Dental Implants. 

View the calendar here

Dentistry students pursue their passions through summer research

Dentistry students Nina Cianflone and Yasmin Elzayat already know what areas of dentistry interest them – and through the bachelor of science in dentistry program they were able to pursue their passions through research in community-based dentistry and oral health.

The program, known as B.Sc. (Dent.), provides students in the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, the chance to spend two summers absorbed in life as a researcher.

Read the full story here.

Student research

Third-year dental student Derek Oryniak presented his work on taste genetics and caries development at the annual student research conference hosted by CDA/Dentsply on Sept. 13 in Saskatoon, Sask. Oryniak is doing his BSc. (Dent.) and is supervised by Dr. Prashen Chelikani, professor in the department of oral biology.

Interprofessional Collaboration Experience on First Nations opens Rady students’ eyes, builds collaboration

When Sesan Banjo saw similarities between the First Nations community he visited and his life growing up in Nigeria, the dentistry student felt a strong connection.

Banjo is one of 25 Rady Faculty of Health Sciences students that took part in the Interprofessional Experience in an Indigenous Community this summer. The program is designed to give students the chance to learn about an Indigenous community and its culture while developing collaborative skills with students in different health professional programs.

Read the full story here.

On Sept. 20, about 135 alumni, faculty, students and friends of the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry and the School of Dental Hygiene gathered for the annual Alumni of Distinction Awards Evening at the Fort Garry Hotel.

Dr. Ken Stones, a 1969 dentistry alumnus who lives in White Rock, B.C., received the Alumni of Distinction Award from the U of M Dental Alumni Association (UMDAA). The award recognizes Stones’ decades of volunteer work as an organizer and provider of oral care for people in need.

Sheryl Sloshower, a Winnipegger who earned her diploma in dental hygiene in 1974 and her bachelor’s degree in 2012, received the Alumni of Distinction Award from the U of M School of Dental Hygiene Alumni Association. She has made outstanding contributions to the profession through teaching, scholarship and professional regulation.

Read the full story here

Dr. Rene Chu, division head (endodontics) and assistant professor, and Dr. Aaron Kim, associate dean of clinics, were recently inducted as Fellows to the Pierre Fauchard Academy, which is an honorary dental organization dedicated to fellowship and supports initiatives to advance oral health care and dental education. 

Dr. Chu (third from the left).

Dr. Kim (third from left).

Twelve Days of Giving

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences will be participating in the Twelve Days of Giving event with Winnipeg Harvest this year. Every day from November 1 to 18, we will be collecting one of the items from Winnipeg Harvest’s list of most-needed foods. On the first day, bring canned fish or poultry, followed by canned fruit or veggies the next day and so on through the 12 days of giving. On the final two donation days, please feel free to donate any non-perishable food items you wish.

Nov. 1: Canned fish and poultry
Nov. 4: Canned fruit and vegetables
Nov. 5: Canned stew, chili or brown beans
Nov. 6: Peanut butter
Nov. 7: Whole-grain pasta
Nov. 8: Baby food and infant formula
Nov. 11: Rice
Nov. 12: Canned spaghetti sauce
Nov. 13: Cereal
Nov. 14: Canned soup
Nov. 15 and 18: Any non-perishable food items

Drop off location: A-101 Chown, 753 McDermot Avenue

For more info, contact Margaret.Erickson@umanitoba.ca

Artist in the Atrium

Join in a writing session where poet, author and editor Maurice Mierau provides narrative prompts and encouragement. Open to all. No experience necessary.

November 4, 12, 25; December 2, 9, 16

12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Brodie Centre Atrium

Rady Innovation Fund Award Presentations

Dr. Brian Postl, dean, Max Rady College of Medicine and dean, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, and Dr. Peter Nickerson, vice-dean research, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, invite you to attend presentations by the 2019 Rady Innovation Fund awardees highlighting progress in their projects. 

Presenters include Dr. Lauren Kelly, Dr. Sabine Mai, Dr. William Leslie and Dr. Lyle McKinnon. 

Monday, November 4

12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Frederic Gaspard Theatre 

United Way Bannatyne Launch

Attend the launch of the U of M's United Way campaign on the Bannatyne campus. Information about United Way Winnipeg's services to the community and the impact that Rady Faculty of Health Sciences faculty and staff make will be shared. 

Wednesday, November 13

10 a.m. 

Location: Brodie Centre atrium

Bannatyne Campus Holiday Art & Craft Sale 

Drop by the annual art and craft sale to check out handcrafted items created by faculty, staff and students from the Bannatyne campus. Vendors interested in participating on one or both days, please contact bannatyne.craft.sale@gmail.com

December 5 and 6

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Brodie Centre atrium