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University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry Faculty Elected Into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

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2020 started with the unexpected hit of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with its many repercussions. Despite all the challenges, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) was pleased to receive the largest ever number of applications for Fellowship this year, which signifies the determination and strength of these individuals in moving forward during these unprecedented times. In total, 77 individuals have been elected to join as Fellows for 2020. Out of these 77 individuals, eight are from the University of British Columbia (UBC), and 25% of the UBC representatives are from the Faculty of Dentistry (UBC Dentistry). To be selected, one must have demonstrated, through their careers and lives, that they are committed to their field of expertise in many ways.

Dr. Markus Haapasalo
Courtesy of UBC Dentistry

“Congratulations on being elected as a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Your induction is a reflection of your vision, innovation and sustained excellence in your field and, undoubtedly, your expertise will further enrich our Academy. We are looking forward to your engagement in CAHS’ activities,” says Proton Rahman, M.D., FRCPC, Chair of the Fellowship Committee. 

The two distinguished clinician-scientist faculty who will represent UBC Dentistry as Fellows are Markus Haapasalo, D.D.S., Dr.Odont., FRCDC, and Joy Richman D.M.D., M.Dent.Sci., Ph.D., Cert. Ped. Dent. Their accomplishments and national recognition are celebrated by all throughout the faculty.   

Dr. Haapasalo is the Professor and the Chair of the Division of Endodontics in the Department of Oral Biological and Medical Science. His contribution to the field of endodontics has been tremendous, and as a recipient of several teaching and research awards, Dr. Haapasalo continues to share his expertise in endodontics through worldwide lectures. To date, he has authored or co-authored over 230 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Joy Richman
Courtesy of UBC Dentistry

Dr. Richman is a clinician-scientist with a specialty in pediatric dentistry and a Ph.D. in Developmental Biology. She is Director of the Specialty Program in Pediatric Dentistry at UBC Dentistry. Her research on craniofacial and tooth regeneration in reptiles is funded by the two national granting agencies of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, as well as the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Dr. Richman is one of seven Associate Editors for the Journal of Dental Research (since 2010), and has authored over 80 scientific publications. 

Courtesy of Sanra Nieh, Communications Specialist, UBC

Published on November 11, 2020

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