Alumnus visit

Dr. Michael Sherman, who graduated from the graduate orthodontic program in 1991, was recently appointed trustee of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and will ascend to the president’s position in 2029.

Sherman (third from right in photo) visited the specialty orthodontic program on Nov. 5 and presented a lecture to the orthodontic residents on the benefits of AAO student membership, funding and programs offered by the AAO and thoughts on practice transitions. He also took a tour of the facilities, and noted the many changes and upgrades to our program, since he graduated. This is his first time back at his alma mater since his graduation. Sherman practices as a certified registered specialist orthodontist in Toronto.

In the news

Dr. Rodrigo França, associate professor and director of the dental biomaterials research laboratory, was recently featured on CTV News. Watch the video and read the story here

You can also read a profile about França and his research that appeared in the RadyUM magazine here

Visiting lecturer

Dr. Tarek El-Bialy, professor of orthodontics at the University of Alberta, recently visited the graduate orthodontic program and presented a series of lectures to the residents. In addition to El-Bialy’s orthodontic specialty designation, he is a qualified engineer, making him ideally suited to teach biomechanics.

Pictured from left to right: El-Bialy and Dr. Billy Wiltshire, professor and head of orthodontics.

Evening of Excellence

The Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry and the School of Dental Hygiene was well represented at the Evening of Excellence on Oct. 29. The event gives high-achieving high school students the opportunity to learn about the university’s academic programs and connect with faculty, staff and U of M students.

Students explore health science careers at ‘Take Our Kids to Work Day’

On November 6, 41 Grade 9 students from local schools visited Bannatyne Campus for Take Our Kids to Work Day. The nation-wide initiative encourages students to spend a day at the workplace of a parent, relative, friend or volunteer host. The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences organized a full-day, hands-on program intended to expose the kids to a variety of health profession and scientific careers. Read the full story here

Library services

The Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library serves the Bannatyne Campus community, including the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry. Librarians teach embedded session in all undergraduate programs at Bannatyne, as well as offering lunchtime workshops for faculty, staff and students on a wide range of topics like research support, systematic searching, citation management tools, data management and GIS in the health sciences. Workshops resume in January for the winter term.

Librarians also meet students and researchers in their offices, to discuss individual research needs. Book an appointment here. And of course, the space is a prime studying spot. Hours are posted to the library's website; remember that swipe access is enabled during "Study Hall" hours. Keep in touch with the library by subscribing to its monthly newsletter, following them on Twitter @healthlibrary or visiting its web page.

Dr. Anastasia Kelekis-Cholakis, dean, Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, and Dr. Catherine Dale, assistant professor in the department of dental diagnostic and surgical sciences, will be inducted into the International College of Dentists at the next joint CDA/MDA meeting in the spring of 2020.

Dr. Robert Schroth, professor in the department of preventive dental science, was appointed as chair, Canadian Dental Association’s Committee on Clinical and Scientific Affairs. 

This year’s recipient of the Dean's Award for Outstanding Support Staff Member is Jean Lyon, dean’s office. The award identifies a staff member who has made the most positive impact over the past year. The peer-nominated award carries with it a certificate of achievement, and financial support of $2,500 to attend an annual conference that relates to their area of expertise.

The Support Staff Fellowship Award recipients are Corinne Bale, clinical support services; Jennifer Daniels, clinical support services; and Virginia Danyluk, clinical support services. Up to three recipients can receive the award in recognition of a support staff member’s positive impact and outstanding efforts to enrich their working environment or area, and the college in general.

Dr. John Perry was appointed associate dean, academic. Perry has served in multiple capacities as acting department head of dental diagnostics and surgical sciences, chair of the student appeals committee and chair of the committee for selection in dentistry. Dr. Perry has given more than 50 presentations in oral pathology, both nationally and internationally. 

Perry is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, where he earned his DMD in 1976, and his master of science in 1986. He received his certificate of oral pathology from Emory University in 1982. 

The Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry would like to thank Dr. Dieter Schönwetter for his exemplary service in the role of associate dean, academic. 

Dr. Trenna Reeve was appointed associate dean, clinicsSince 2017, Reeve has served as an associate department head in the restorative department. She  serves on the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry scholarship committee, the dental college council executive committee and is the college's senate representative. She serves as a forensic odontology consultant for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Manitoba and the Canadian Armed Forces Royal Canadian Dental Corps.

Reeve obtained her DMD degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1993, and her American Board of General Dentistry certification in 2007. 

The Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry would like to thank Dr. Aaron Kim for his exemplary service in the role of associate dean, clinics. 

Dr. Raj Bhullar will continue on for another term as associate dean, research. Bhullar has served as associate dean, research since 2012. He also chairs the tenure and promotion committee, the graduate studies and research committee and the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry Endowment Fund committee. He has over 50 publications in peer reviewed journals, has supervised many graduate and undergraduate students’ research theses and has served on national and international committees. 

In 1985, Bhullar obtained his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Manitoba, and his postdoctoral fellowship from McMaster University in 1988. 

A randomized clinical trial of silver diamine fluoride to arrest early childhood caries in young children. The Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. $60,000 (2019-2020 RJ Schroth (Principal Investigator (PI); Co-Investigators: P Chelikani, M Bertone, ME Moffatt; Collaborators: R Tate, M Fontana).

Magnusson C, Friesen, K, Schroth RJ, Falk J, Bugden S. Opioid prescribing by dental professionals in Manitoba, Canada: a longitudinal analysis. J Am Dent Assoc. 2019; 150(2): 122-29.

Almoudi MH, Hussein AS, Abu Hassan M, Schroth RJ. Dental caries and vitamin D status among children in Asia: a literature review. Pediatrics International. 2019 Feb 11. doi: 10.1111/ped.13801

Bonnet C, Rabbani R, Moffatt ME, Kelekis Cholakis A, Schroth RJ*. The relationship between periodontal disease and vitamin D. J Can Dent Assoc. 2019;85:j4. *corresponding author

Hatzimanolakis P, Tsourounakis I, Kelekis-Cholakis A. Dental Implant Maintenance for the Oral Healthcare Team. Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2019 Jul/Aug;40(7):424-429

Renvert S, Hirooka H, Polyzois I, Kelekis-Cholakis A, Wang HL; Working Group 3. Diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of peri-implant diseases and maintenance care of patients with dental implants - Consensus report of working group 3. Int Dent J. 2019 Sep;69 Suppl 2:12-17. doi: 10.1111/idj.12490.

Kelekis-Cholakis A, Rothney J. Maintenance of Implant Patients: A Narrative Review. Implant Dent. 2019 Apr;28(2):161-172. doi: 10.1097/ID.0000000000000837. 

Stavropoulou C, Atout RN, Brownlee M, Schroth RJ, Kelekis-Cholakis A. A randomized clinical trial of cyanoacrylate tissue adhesives in donor site of connective tissue grafts. J Periodontol. 2019 Jun;90(6):608-615. doi: 10.1002/JPER.18-0475.

DayG, SingletonR, ThomasT, Schroth R, KlejkaJ, LenakerD, BernerJ. Association of Maternal Vitamin D Deficiency with Early Childhood Caries. J Dent Res. 2019 Mar 14:22034519834518. doi: 10.1177/0022034519834518. [Epub ahead of print]

Wong JP, Venu I, Moodie RG, Arivudainambi VC, Stewart H, Schroth RJ, Feller AF, Nicolae A, Zweig KN, van den Heuvel M, Ford-Jones EL, Wong PD. Keeping caries at bay in breastfeeding babies. J Fam Pract. 2019 Apr; 68(3):E1-E4.

Grant CG, Daymont CB, Rodd C, Mittermuller B, Pierce A, Kennedy T, Singh S, Moffatt ME, Schroth RJ. Oral Health Related Quality of Life of Preschoolers with Severe Caries After Dental Rehabilitation under General Anesthesia. Pediatr Dent 2019;41(3):221-8.

Tang S, Finlayson G, Bertone M, Dahl P, Schroth RJ*, and the Manitoba Dental Association’s Committee on Dental Care for Residents in Long-Term Care Institutions. Dentists’ views on providing care for residents living in long-term care facilities. J Can Dent Assoc. 2019;85:j8. *corresponding author

Pierce A*, Singh S*, Lee J, Grant C, Cruz de Jesus V, Schroth RJ. The burden of early childhood caries in Canadian children and associated risk factors. Frontiers Public Health 2019;7: *co-first authors

Schroth RJ, Mittermuller B, Au W, Hai-Santiago K, Martin H, Martens P, Brownell M. Prenatal, maternal and early childhood factors associated with dental general anesthesia to treat severe early childhood caries. Pediatr Dent 2019;41(6):477-84.E109.