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Research Day 2014: A showcase of student science

January 23, 2014 — 

Some of the best and brightest young research minds will showcase their latest and greatest works at Research Day 2014, taking place Friday, January 24 at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg.

It’s the Faculty of Dentistry’s annual celebration of student research that features an array of scientific presentations and displays covering myriad themes and topics.

Headlined by some of the institution’s best and brightest young minds, Research Day offers a snapshot of the many diverse areas of study and new learning now underway at one of Western Canada’s oldest institutes of oral health.

“Our young researchers have all put in a tremendous amount of work to develop their ideas and concepts and it shows in the results they have achieved,” Faculty of Dentistry Associate Dean (Research) Raj Bhullar said. “This year, more students than ever have come forward to share their ideas and to compete for top honours. Research Day has become an important step in their scientific careers.”

Topics run the gamut – from in-depth clinical science to studies on how science and practice impact on everyday life – and will be discussed and displayed during the Faculty of Dentistry’s annual celebration of student research held in conjunction with the Canadian Dental Association conference also taking place in downtown Winnipeg. The event is co-sponsored by the Manitoba Dental Association.

Presenters will vie for top honours in the oral presentation and poster presentation categories and the competition is expected to be strong. Among the presenters is Alanna Junaid, the first student in decades from the University of Manitoba to claim a national championship in student research last year.

“The University of Manitoba has a reputation of producing some of the finest oral health practitioners anywhere in North America,” said Anthony Iacopino, Dean of Dentistry. “This event is a clear reflection of how well our students’ abilities extend into the realm of academic research.”

A series of presentations will run until the noon hour with the poster competition to follow. All are welcome to attend as admission is free. Presentations will take place in room 16 in the lower level of the convention centre with the posters displayed in the east mezzanine throughout the day.

“Research is key to the future of health-care in Canada,” Bhullar said. “Our students are eager to show they are ready to lead the way.”

Research at the University of Manitoba is partially supported by funding from the Government of Canada Research Support Fund.

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