Research Day 2018

Oral Health Disparities: a 360° Review

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Alma Mater Society Student Nest, Great Hall

Only 6% of Canadians have government-sponsored dental insurance, and one in three Canadians does not have access to dental professionals; those who cannot afford dental care unfairly bear most of the needs. Oral health disparities are even more significant among First Nations people, the working poor, those with disabilities, refugees, and frail elders. Their dental care remains unmet while causing unnecessary pain, suffering, and discomfort.

Annually, the UBC Faculty of Dentistry showcases research undertaken by faculty members and distinguished alumni. Research Day 2018 is focused on the oral health disparities many Canadians suffer, especially in British Columbia. There is a need for coordinated efforts from the profession, government, and public to address such disparities and decrease inequality in dental care.

We are honoured that this year’s keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Paul Allison, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University. He will focus on ways that the profession can come together to improve access to oral health care for vulnerable people living in Canada. UBC faculty members from dentistry and dental hygiene along with an alumnus who is now at the University of Victoria in social work will speak about service infrastructure, cultural competency, and inequalities locally and internationally.


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When is UBC Dentistry Research Day in 2018?
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
From 8:00 am to 3:15 pm

Where is it?
In the Alma Mater Society Student Nest, Great Hall, at the UBC Point Grey campus (view the map)

Who is Invited?
The entire faculty. This includes all dental, dental hygiene and graduate students, post-graduates, staff including post-doctoral fellows, research associates and visitors, as well as full-time and part-time faculty.

Is there a theme?
Yes. theme is "Oral Health Disparities: a 360° Review"

What is the schedule for the day?
Schedule of Events (PDF)

What if I get hungry?
There will be breakfast, a coffee break and lunch—FREE!

May I submit a research poster?
Yes, a poster may be submitted.
Abstracts are due in the fall of 2017

What about my classes that day?
There are no classes that day, but attendance is mandatory for students.

More questions?
Please contact Edward Putnins at

UBC Dentistry Thanks the Following Research Day Supporters:

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