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NCOHR Outreach activities in the Canadian dental schools

The Network for Canadian Oral Health Research (NCOHR) was recently awarded five-year funding for the continued support of oral health researchers in Canada. The members of NCOHR are extremely grateful for the generous contributions received from their funding partners: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), in partnership with three of its institutes: Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA) Institute of Aging (IA) Institute of Infection and Immunity (III) the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry (ACFD), the Canadian Association of Dental Research (CADR), the Canadian Dental Association (CDA), Réseau de recherche en Santé buccodentaire et osseuse (RSBO), and ...

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Activités de sensibilisation du RCRSB auprès des écoles dentaires canadiennes

Le Réseau canadien de recherche en santé buccodentaire (RCRSB) a obtenu récemment une subvention sur cinq ans pour soutenir la recherche en santé buccodentaire au pays. Les membres du RCRSB sont largement reconnaissants de la générosité de leurs bailleurs de fonds : les Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, en partenariat avec trois de ses instituts : l’Institut de l’appareil locomoteur et de l’arthrite l’Institut du vieillissement l’Institut des maladies infectieuses et immunitaires l’Association canadienne des facultés dentaires du Canada l’Association canadienne de recherches dentaires l’Association dentaire canadienne le Réseau de recherche en santé buccodentaire et osseuse MEDTEQ, un consortium de recherche et ...

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Practice-Based Clinical Research in Canadian Dental Practices: Dr. Edsard van Steenbergen

Dr. Edsard van Steenbergen speaks with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about his practice-based orthodontic research which focused on biomechanics. His research results are currently published in the Angle Orthodontist and in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Dr. van Steenbergen designed his research study with the help of two professors at the University of Connecticut and the University of Amsterdam. The actual data gathering and analysis took 4 years, followed by another 4 years of work for the publication, writing and defending the thesis. The investigation was carried out within his own clinical practice with a goal of examining ...

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Reducing the Role of Opioids in Pain Management

A recent report by the Coalition for Safe and Effective Pain Management, suggests the best way to cut down on opioid addiction is to not prescribe the drugs in the first place. The coalition aims to reduce the prevalence of opioid prescribing by optimizing non-pharmacological pain management alternatives in Canada. I invited Michael Heitshu, Chair of the Coalition for Safe and Effective Pain Management and Director of Public Affairs of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, to give our audience an idea about the role of the coalition in the fight against opioids and to hear his message to Canadian dentists about the rising ...

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Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship with Dr. Peter Daley

A CBC feature indicated that the province of NL is leading the country in the rate of antibiotic prescriptions by health professionals. I contacted Dr. Peter Daley to ask him about the importance of this issue for dentistry; to shed some light about the level of risk that Canada is currently at; and what we can do to reverse the trend. Dr. Peter Daley is Associate Professor of Medicine at Memorial University in St John’s Newfoundland and the regional director of the medical microbiology laboratory and consultant in infectious diseases. We hope you find the interview informative and share your questions, thoughts, ...

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Dental Therapists: An Approach to Facilitating Access to Oral Health Care

Dr. Kavita Mathu-Muju is a pediatric dentist and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Mathu-Muju is also coauthor of 3 articles, which topics are: the Canadian experience using dental therapists to facilitate oral care for children; a global literature review of the use of dental therapists as members of the dental team; and a critique of the American experience with dental therapists.  The 3 articles are titled: Saskatchewan’s school-based dental program staffed by dental therapists: a retrospective case study (2016) A review of the global literature on dental therapists (2014) The dental ...

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Using Antibiotics Wisely to Combat Rising Drug Resistance

November 13 to 19, 2017 is World Antibiotic Awareness week. I have invited Dr. Shelita Dattani, Director, Practice Development and Knowledge Translation at the Canadian Pharmacists Association, to speak to our audience about antimicrobial resistance and stewardship. The issue is at the forefront of the World Health Organization list of priorities as rising resistance becomes gradually a global phenomenon.  Dr. Dattani spoke about how dentists and pharmacists are playing a crucial role in helping solve this issue.  We hope you find the interview informative and join our conversation. You can always share your feedback with us on Oasis Discussions or through oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca. Bookmark our page ...

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Conversation with Dr. Doug Brothwell, New Dean at U Sask

Dr. John O’Keefe welcome Dr. Doug Brothwell, the new Dean of the College of Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Brothwell shared the advice he received from his colleagues and the previous Dean. He also spoke about his vision for the deanship position and his goals for the coming years.  We hope you enjoy the conversation and share your feedback with us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca. Don’t forget to bookmark the page to stay up to date with our news posts! Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights As Dr. Brothwell contemplated applying for and accepting the position, he sought the sage ...

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