Dentistry

U of T student seeks earthquake relief for devastated Nepal

Author: 
Erin Vollick

Kathmandu native Annie Shrestha was relieved when, just hours after a massive 7.9 earthquake devastated the tiny country of Nepal on April 25th, her parents answered the phone.

Shrestha’s parents live in Kathmandu. Her father is a retired government worker and her mother is a medical microbiologist at Bir Hospital, one of the largest primary care centres in the country. 

Although relieved her parents are alive and safe, Shrestha admits she still can’t rest.

Not the dress that broke the Internet but still pretty nifty

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Why TV anchors shouldn’t wear stripes and checks and what that means for nanoparticles and dentistry
Author: 
Erin Vollick

It's the reason television news anchors shouldn't wear striped ties and checked shirts: the moiré effect.

And it's the driving force behind a new laser measurement technique that could help develop non-invasive methods for studying tooth structure, says Dr. Anil Kishen, head of endodontics at the Faculty of Dentistry. 

Dentistry students bring smiles to patients with special needs

Author: 
Erin Vollick

Not every smile is treated equally, says Ali Sigal, a graduate student at the University of Toronto specializing in paediatric dentistry: people with special needs are routinely underserved by oral health professionals. 

As part of their Doctor of Dental Surgery program, U of T students perform a rotation in the Mount Sinai Clinic, which caters to patients with special needs. But research Sigal conducted in this clinic in 2006 underscores a problem that stretches across North America and beyond. 

Matching top students with opportunities in Canada's top library system

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TALint program aims to transform the student librarian experience
Author: 
Kathleen O'Brien

It’s an opportunity for mentorship and the chance to experience the real-world challenges of a contemporary librarian, from data management to communications: working in Canada's top-ranked library system

Making medical devices safer: Manning Award for Paul Santerre

Sub-title: 
Professor wins top prize for surface modifying macromolecules
Author: 
Erin Vollick

A groundbreaking medical innovation developed and brought to market by Professor Paul Santerre has won top prize from the 2014 Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards.

Ensuring access to care: dentistry faculty, students help vulnerable patients

Author: 
Michael Kennedy

The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry has been putting smiles on patients’ faces for decades – providing state-of-the-art dental care for vulnerable people at about half the cost of regular clinics. 

How do great universities build great cities?

Sub-title: 
The "unknown, invisible" but crucial role of U of T students, faculty, staff and alumni
Author: 
Jennifer Lanthier

Universities play a key role in building and strengthening cities, helping them connect with the world and reinvent themselves in dynamic ways – and it’s a symbiotic relationship, says award-winning urban theorist and University of Toronto president Meric Gertler.

Understanding Gwyneth Paltrow's oil pulling regime

Sub-title: 
Faculty of Dentistry expert explains practice
Author: 
Dominic Ali

Blame it on Gwyneth Paltrow.

The newly single actress has been credited by celebrity magazines with popularizing “oil pulling” among her fans. This latest beauty regimen is an ancient Ayurvedic practice of swishing virgin coconut oil around the mouth for up to 20 minutes.

Paltrow claims oil pulling adds a shine to her teeth and gives her an Oscar-winning smile.

Aboriginal urban homelessness among issues 15 Canada Research Chairholders set to tackle

Sub-title: 
U of T awarded 10 new, five renewed Chairs
Author: 
Jenny Hall

Ten U of T professors have been awarded new Canada Research Chairs and five more have had their chairs renewed as announced by the Government of Canada on Nov. 14.

In total, the government is providing $108.9 million across the country through the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program to support 135 newly-awarded and renewed chairs.

Celebrating 300 marathons

Sub-title: 
Dentistry students, dean, join professor for epoch event
Author: 
Terry Lavender

When U of T Dentistry professor Richard Rayman laces up his shoes to run in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 20, he’ll be just one of more than 20,000 competitors in the event. But for Rayman, the event will mark a major milestone – it’ll be the 300th time he’s run a marathon.

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