UBC Dentistry launches research centre in Vietnam

November 21, 2012

Media invited to attend the following event. Details below.

Faculty members from UBC Dentistry are in Vietnam in December to open the first oral health research centre between a North American university and a hospital in Southeast Asia.

The centre is a partnership between the National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology in Ho Chi Minh City and the Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia, in Vancouver.

The oral health research centre presents a valuable opportunity to exchange knowledge between visiting dentistry residents, UBC faculty, Vietnamese scholars, dental students and general dentists.

As an international hub for knowledge transfer and learning, the UBC Dentistry & National Hospital of Odonto-Stomotology Oral Health Research Centre establishes a solid framework for sustainable collaboration in education and research between Canada and Vietnam. Additional partners such as the World Health Organization and both North American and Southeast Asian universities are sought.

Centre aims to develop original evidence-based research and clinical trials in oral/facial oncology (cancer and HPV), cariology (cavities and tooth decay) and developmental biology (cleft lip/palate) and other growth and development diseases.

UBC Dentistry represents a significant link to improve oral health internationally. The establishment of a research centre for oral health, in partnership with the Vietnamese government, its universities and national hospital, strengthens service learning opportunities for UBC students and faculty and results in capacity building for Vietnam to teach, develop and apply high standards in oral health.

Background information

UBC partners with Vietnamese hospital to create $8M oral health research centre
English media release (UBC News Room)

Đại học British Columbia hợp tác với bệnh viện Việt Nam để thành lập trung tâm
nghiên cứu sức khỏe răng miệng

Vietnamese media release (PDF)

UBC Dentistry & National Hospital of Odonto-Stomotology Oral Health Research Centre
Information booklet (PDF)

Event Details

The opening launch ceremony of the oral health research centre is on December 13, 2012 at the National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, followed by a two-day program of educational exchange by visiting scholars from UBC on the topics of oral cancer, orthodontics, endodontics and oral biology.

Notable attendees include:

  • Government of Vietnam officials including representatives from the ministries of Health and Education;
  • Deborah Chatsis, Ambassador of Canada to Vietnam;
  • Audri Mukhopadhyay, Consul General of Canada in Ho Chi Minh City;
  • Tu Nguyen, Trade Commisser for Canada in Ho Chi Minh City;
  • Phung Anh Tuan, Honorary Consul General of Finland in Ho Chi Minh City;
  • Charles Shuler, DMD, PhD, Dean and Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia;
  • Robert D. Sindelar, PhD, Dean and Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia;
  • Christopher Zed, DDS, MBA, Associate Dean, Strategic and External Affairs and Head, Postgraduate and Hospital Programs, Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia.

Program schedule

opening ceremony and educational exchange

Opening Ceremony

December 13, 2012
11 am to 2 pm
National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology
Fourth Floor
201A Nguyen Chi Thanh Street
Ward 12, District 5
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam
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Contact

Additional information and to arrange interviews (on location from December 9, 2013)

Ms. Jane Merling
Director of Development
Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia
merling@dentistry.ubc.ca
+1-604-822-5886