Dentistry

U of T dentistry alumnae restore smiles for domestic abuse survivors

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"Restore a smile. Empower a woman. Reclaim her life."
Author: 
Dominic Ali

Women who escape violent domestic situations for the safety of shelters have few reasons to smile. But one non-profit started by alumnae of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry is offering abused women across southern Ontario the prospect of renewed confidence and well-being.

Raptors' dentist preps for NBA All-Star Game: “When they're hit, they're hit hard”

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“Teeth go through lips, teeth get broken or knocked out,” Peter Nkansah says
Author: 
Erin Vollick

He’s a U of T alumnus with a specialty in dental anaesthesia, an editorial board member of Oral Health Magazine, an assistant professor at the Faculty of Dentistry and a dentist with his own specialty practice. 

But Peter Nkansah is also one other thing: dentist to the NBA’s Toronto Raptors.

“I teach at the Faculty one day a week, and run my practice four days a week, as well as one Saturday a month,” Nkansah says.

U of T startup uses anti-inflammatory coating to ensure your body won't reject medical implants

Author: 
Erin Vollick

From screws and plates for broken bones to metal hips and dental implants, every day thousands of people undergo surgeries to implant medical devices in the body.

But sometimes their immune systems respond by attacking these foreign objects.

For some patients, this inflammatory response can be controlled by drugs. Others will experience device failure.

Dentistry joins the Toronto–Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration

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“This is a partnership,” says Dean Daniel Haas. “But the vision is that in a few years, they won’t need us anymore.”
Author: 
Erin Vollick

The list of challenges to oral health care facing the estimated 94.1 million people of Ethiopia is long.

Dr. Wondwossen Fantaye, director of dentistry at Addis Ababa University’s College of Health Sciences, ranks gum disease as the country’s most endemic oral health-related disease. That’s  followed by a rise in cavities and then a host of other diseases, from those related to naturally hyper-fluoridated water to Noma (cancrum oris), an often gangrenous microbial disease that eats through the lining of the mouth and face.

Want to ace your dentistry or medical school application? Check out these startups from a new grad

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Helping applicants excel in medical and dentistry school interviews, online testing
Author: 
Erin Vollick
 
Joel Meyerson takes education seriously – so seriously, in fact, that he’s launched two startups from his experiences in U of T’s Faculty of Dentistry to help others become dentists, too.
 
“We have a mission,” says Meyerson, who graduates this spring, “to be a student service first and a business second.”
 

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

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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.

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