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Looking into the Future of Pharmacology and Dentistry

This is the second in a series of interviews with thought leaders in various clinical disciplines about the future of dentistry. Dr. Jacobsen’s Ph.D. is in Comparative Pharmacology and Toxicology and he directed the Oral Medicine Clinic at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry for over 25 years. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine and past Chairperson of the Council on Dental Therapeutics of the ADA. Eight years in a row he has been named as one of the, Leaders in Continuing Education, by Dentistry Today magazine. He also received the 1999 Gordon ...

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The Future of Special Care Dentistry

This is the third in a series of interviews with thoughts leaders in various clinical disciplines about the future of dentistry. Dr. Alison Dougall spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about treating patients with disability and the future of special care dentistry. Dr. Dougall is Editor with the International Association of Disability and Oral Health (iADH), Consultant for medically complex patients, and Director of Post Graduate Training in Special Care Dentistry at the Dublin Dental University Hospital. Download MP3   Highlights We can equip the general dentist with the skills and attitudes required to provide care for people with disabilities. Special care dentistry should be integrated with ...

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Why should dentists be concerned about the antimicrobial resistance crisis and what can be done about it?

Dr. Susan Sutherland, Dentist in Chief at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, spoke with Dr, John O’Keefe about antimicrobial resistance crisis and the trend in antibiotic prescription by dentists.  Download MP3   Highlights We are entering the post-antibiotic era “in which common infections and minor injuries can kill.” Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO. Although there is a large number of antibiotics, a large proportion of these antibiotics has become ineffective as organisms have become resistant to them in the last 10 to 15 years. On the other hand, there are very few new antibiotics being developed. In Canada, overall, there are 2000 deaths ...

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How will periodontics be practiced in 5‐10 years from now by generalists and specialists?

This is the first in a series of interviews with thoughts leaders in various clinical disciplines about the future of dentistry. Dr. Chris McCulloch, Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, offered insights into how periodontics might be practiced 10 years from now. Download MP3 Dr. McCulloch’s profile Highlights There will be an emerging and substantial population of patients with atypical types of periodontal lesions that are much more challenging to diagnose. These lesions will be considerably more challenging to treat due in part to the complexity of diagnosis and because of the increasing needs of ...

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Protect Yourself and Your Patients from Non-Compliant Products

Bernie Teitelbaum, Executive Director of the Dental Industry Association of Canada (DIAC), spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about the importance of ensuring that dentists deal with suppliers and use products that are compliant with Health Canada’s Medical Device Regulations. Useful Links Medical Device License Listing Medical Device Establishment License Listing CDA Guidance Document for Purchases of Medical Devices              

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What’s New @ UBC Dentistry? with Dr. Dorin Ruse

Dr. Dorin Ruse, Professor and Acting Department Head, Chair – Biomaterials at the University of British Columbia, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about some of the exciting news happening at the faculty of Dentistry in the university.         Full-time Opportunities @ UBC UBC Dentistry: http://www.dentistry.ubc.ca/about-us/human-resources/full-time-faculty-opportunities/

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Speaking about the Digital Office with Dr. Jeff Glaizel

Dr. Jeff Glaizel, general dentist in the Toronto area, spoke with Dr, John O’Keefe about what it means to have a digital office and what the implications are for clinical practice. Dr. Glaizel also touched on his involvement in the Ontario Telemedicine Network.                   The Digital Office from Canadian Dental Association on Vimeo.    

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Open Access to Data and Collaborative Partnerships to Advance Research

Dr. Rachel Harding, from the Structural Genomics Consortium, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about sharing scientific data publicly and in real time. Dr. Harding was recently featured in the media about sharing her lab notes in real time so other researchers can glimpse into research projects and avoid duplicating research studies. Her initiative is widely considered unprecedented in modern medical research where hording data, methods and results are the norm.         Photo credit: Melissa Hooper    

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