Sydney Faculty of Dentistry hosts Annual Dentistry Research Day

3 October 2016

We are always impressed at the ability of our students, and once again, they’ve made us feel proud and delighted at their accomplishments!
On Thursday, Sept. 22, the Sydney Faculty of Dentistry hosted its annual Research Day at the Westmead Education and Conference Centre, where several former OzTREKK students were recognised.
Throughout the day, more than 400 students, University of Sydney staff and local health district employees attended the 22 presentations and viewed the 23 research posters, together these showcase the breadth and depth of research conducted by the University of Sydney.

Sydney Dental School
Sydney celebrates Annual Dentistry Research Day (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

The morning comprised oral presentations from dentistry staff and PhD students, with the afternoon sessions focusing on presentations from postgraduate and HDR students.
Presentations included

  • the impact of Big Data providing new opportunities for dental research in Australia;
  • brainstorming the future dental profession;
  • management of open bites;
  • bone tissue engineering applications;
  • intercellular cytoplasmic exchange; and
  • Role of cardiac transcription factor nkx2-5 in tongue development and regeneration—can tongue progenitors save the heart?

Research Day is recognised as important to Australia’s dentists, demonstrated by the generous support of the dental companies who sponsored the trade show, where networking during the breaks took place. A number of the presentations were recorded for podcasts by the ADA NSW for their recently developed series – The Dental Practitioner Podcast Series.
Prizes awarded during the day:

  • Best DMD Poster Presentation: Jane Chung, Jessica Fung, Ronald Ho and Claire Ko – Measuring the effect of acidic beverages on the torque to failure of resin modified glass ionomer (We spy some former OzTREKK dentistry students here!)
  • Best BOH Poster Presentation: Danya Darwiche and Marnie Hannon – Fresh start smiles for J&FMHN Long Bay correctional complex
  • Best DClinDent Oral Presentation: Hugh Lenehan – Evaluation of Westran pigs as an animal model for implant osseointegration and alveolar distraction using orthodontic forces
  • Best HDR Oral Presentation: Antonia Scott – The importance of the palatoglossal airspace on the quality of digital panoramic radiographs


Do you think the Sydney Faculty of Dentistry is right for you? Email OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at for more information!