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University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry to accelerate oral health care discoveries through Sinai Health System’s new Centre for Advanced Dental Research and Care

September 16, 2016

Toronto, ON – Complex periodontal disease, extremely rare orofacial conditions and implant failure: these are just a few of the research questions that the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry will tackle with its research partner, Sinai Health System, through the establishment of a new Centre for Advanced Dental Research and Care.

Launched today through a generous philanthropic donation by dentalcorp to Sinai Health System, the Centre promises to be the first of its kind in North America. Drawing together clinical specialists and researchers towards the development of new diagnostics, therapeutics and standards of care, the aim of the Centre is to advance Canada as a world leader in oral health care.

The Centre will be chaired by senior University of Toronto faculty member and Dentist-in-Chief at Sinai Health System, Dr. Howard Tenenbaum, and will bring together researchers from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry as well as clinical practitioners from both institutions.

New diagnostic tools and biological markers will be developed to assess, predict and treat some of the most poorly understood conditions in the world. From better understanding severe refractory periodontal disease – a systemic disease with devastating effects – to the development of more successful tooth implants – a growing field of importance to an aging population, the Centre will swiftly translate knowledge into clinical care. As many as 300 patients are expected to be seen at Centre during its first year of operation alone.

The Centre will also produce the next-generation of clinician-scientists by providing a revolutionary setting for dental specialists-in-training to research and treat medically-complex cases.

“With its focus on solving real-world clinical problems and bridging the gap between basic science and clinical research in the delivery of care, this Centre radically advances our mission to improve human health through furthering dental education and research,” said Dr. Daniel Haas, Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry.

Dr. Howard Tenenbaum, the Centre’s newly named chair, considers the collaboration a ‘natural outreach’ of the Faculty’s longstanding partnership with Sinai Health System. “The Centre for Advanced Dental Research and Care represents an evolutionary leap for dental healthcare, and will make a profound impact on the lives of our patients as well as our students,” he added.

About University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry

Combining the rigours of biological and clinical research with a superior educational experience across a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs – with and without advanced specialty training – the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto has earned an international reputation as a premier dental research and training facility in Canada. From the cutting-edge science of biomaterials and microbiology, to next-generation nanoparticle and stem cell therapies, to ground-breaking population and access-to-care studies, the mission of the Faculty of Dentistry is to shape the future of dentistry and promote optimal health by striving for integrity and excellence in all aspects of research, education and clinical practice. www.dentistry.utoronto.ca

About Sinai Health System

Sinai Health System is comprised of Mount Sinai Hospital, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute and Circle of Care. As an integrated health system, it delivers exceptional care from healthy beginnings to healthy aging, especially for people with specialized and complex health needs, in hospital, community and home. Sinai Health System discovers and translates scientific breakthroughs, develops practical health solutions, educates future clinical and scientific leaders and leads efforts to eliminate health inequities. Its Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute ranks in the top ten biomedical research institutes in the world. Sinai Health System is a full affiliate of the University of Toronto. www.sinaihealthsystem.ca

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Media Contact:
Erin Vollick, Communications Officer
Faculty of Dentistry
Tel: 416-979-4900 ext. 4381
Email: erin.vollick@dentistry.utoronto.ca