Senior Associate Dean Dr. W. Leandra Best Retires
After an exemplary career, Dr. Leandra Best has retired effective December 2, 2019 from UBC.
There have been remarkable changes in dentistry in the 50+ years since the first class began, and the UBC Faculty of Dentistry has been instrumental in these advances in the oral health sciences. The Faculty of Dentistry is particularly well prepared to continue to make significant contributions to our profession’s body of knowledge through our active faculty research, outstanding curriculum and the most technologically advanced dental clinic in the world, the Nobel BioCare Oral Health Centre.
UBC Dentistry is committed to delivering outstanding research-intensive MSc and PhD graduate studies in the field of Craniofacial Science. Studies can be done in the areas of population health, oral health-related clinical research including both interventional and observational studies, and basic science research in the areas of biomaterials, cell biology, developmental biology, microbiology and molecular biology.
Our clinical training programs include endodontics, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics. Specialty training must be completed in combination with an MSc or PhD degree. These programs complement our General Practice Residency Program and Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology Residency Program. Our combined educational approach ensures that newly graduated clinicians are well prepared to critically evaluate new treatment modalities as they are developed, and participate actively in clinical research.
Opened in March 2006, the Nobel Biocare Oral Health Centre is the hub of UBC Dentistry patient care and clinical learning. The 39,000 sq. ft clinical facility accommodates 144 operatories, a state-of-the-art central sterilization dispensary, as well as a suite of seminar rooms, clinical laboratories and radiology units. A networked chairside software system manages patient information and stores digital images. The Nobel Biocare Oral Health Centre uses state-of-the-art technology and an innovative architectural design to create a modern, efficient space for clinical learning, community service and research.
UBC Dentistry’s areas of excellence are grouped in three research clusters:
|Aleksejuniene, Jolanta||Theory-based behavioural management, Evidence-based Practice, Caries risk assessment, ePortfolio learning, Oral Epidemiology|
|Almeida, Fernanda||Sleep and Sleep Disorders, oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea, sleep apnea, diagnosis, edentulism, craniofacial characteristics in sleep apnea|
|Bromme, Dieter||Lysosomal proteases, centre for blood research|
|Brondani, Mario||Community Health / Public Health, Dental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Health Policies, Quality of Life and Aging, Adult Education and Continuing Education, Dental Public Health, Health Policy, Dental Education, Dental Geriatrics, Access to care|
|Bryant, S||Prosthodontics, Geriatrics, Patient-based assessments, Oral implants, Jawbone densitometry|
|Carvalho, Rick||Biomaterials, Dental Materials|
|Coil, Jeffrey Martin||Pulp Biology, Endodontic Materials|
|Donnelly, Leeann||Oral Malodor, Special Care Populations, Community Oral Health Education and Program Development|
|Ford, Nancy||Imaging, Biomedical Technologies, micro-computed tomography, physiological gating, models of respiratory disease, image-based measurements, dental imaging, x-ray imaging|
|Haapasalo, Markus||Novel strategies to eradicate oral biofilms|
|Hakkinen, Lari||Cell Therapy, Cell Signaling, Connective Tissue, Wound Healing, Tissue regeneration, Fibroblasts, MSC, Extracellular matrix, Cell to cell communication, Oral mucosa and skin|
|Kim, Hugh||platelet biochemistry|
|Larjava, Hannu||Wound healing|
|Laronde, Denise||Oral cancer screening; risk prediction; access to care for oral health services; head and neck survivorship|
|MacDonald, David||Systematic review, Diagnostic radiology, particularly of the Hong Kong Chinese|
|Macdougall, Mary||molecular mechanisms associated with epithelial mesenchymal interactions, identification of critical signaling pathways, matrix formation and biomineralization|
|Mathu-Muju, Kavita||Public Health Dentistry, Clinical Pediatric Dentistry|
|Matthew, Ian||Dental Education, biomaterials; implantology|
|Nguyen, Caroline||Cancer patient treatment and rehabilitation outcomes; oral side effects of treatments and medications in cancer patients and the elderly|
|Overall, Christopher Mark||Blood research, antiviral immunity|
|Pigozzo Manso, Adriana|
|Pliska, Benjamin||Sleep and Sleep Disorders, Oro-Dental Disorders, Facial growth and development, sleep medicine|
|Poh, Catherine||Optical Techniques and oral precancer management|