Graduate pediatric dentistry student wins research fellowship

Dr. Charis Luk

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) has awarded Dr. Charis Luk, a current second-year graduate student in Pediatric Dentistry, a prestigious Sunstar/AAPD Postgraduate Research Fellowship.

This fellowship program was established to promote and support innovative research by residents in pediatric dentistry. Luk was selected on a competitive basis for her ongoing graduate research project: “Effect of an Audiovisual Preoperative Intervention in Reducing Parental Anxiety Prior to a Child’s Sedation Appointment.”

Her research project evaluates whether viewing an instructional/informative video developed as an intervention tool can reduce anxiety for parents whose children are having their first experience with oral sedation at the UBC Graduate Pediatric Dentistry Clinic. Luk’s supervisor is Dr. Kavita Mathu-Muju, an assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Dentistry.

Luk will present her final research results at the AAPD Annual Meeting in May 2018, in Honolulu, Hawaii.