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54 RCSI Annual Report 2012/13
teaCHIng & LeaRnIng
facultY of
dEntistrY
Established in 1963, with Professor Rodney Dockrell
as the fi rst Dean, the Faculty of Dentistry celebrates
its 50th Anniversary this year.
It is a great privilege for me to follow the outstanding Deans of the past half century. I am
grateful to the Board and Committees who generously give their time to attend the Faculty,
in particular Dr Osama Omer, incoming Vice-Dean; Mr David Ryan, Honorary Secretary;
Dr Chris McCreary, Chair of the Education Committee; Dr Gerry Cleary, Honorary Treasurer;
Dr Chris Lynch, Honorary Editor; and Dr John Walsh, who served as Vice-Dean during
the previous two years. Dr Peter Cowan continues in his role of Faculty CEO and Mr Sean
Sheridan continues as International Postgraduate Advisor. I am grateful for the invaluable
contribution of Ms Fiona Allen and Ms Mary Brennan, Administrative Assistants at the Faculty.
50th Anniversary Events
It was a pleasure to welcome Professor Mark Ferguson, Director of Science Foundation
Ireland and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty, to deliver the 10th Fergal Nally Lecture,
`Scar Wars: from accidental discovery of scar-free embryonic healing to the development of
potential therapeutic agents,' to a packed Albert Lecture Theatre in April 2013.
A joint meeting of the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS)
and Faculty of Dentistry RCSI will be held at RCSI in July 2013, with a host of international
speakers and delegates from over 20 countries expected. I am most grateful to Professor
Mark McGurk, President of BAOMS, and the Council of the BAOMS, for their collaboration
with us in this project and for bringing the Annual Meeting to RCSI.
The Annual Scientifi c meeting will take place on October 24 and 25, on the theme is `Surgical
Aspects of Dental Practice' with four focused sessions on Facial Pain, Implant Dentistry,
Dentoalveolar Surgery and Anaesthesia in Dentistry.
The 50-year anniversary celebrations will conclude with a one-day Gathering Meeting: `Fifty
Years of the Faulty of Dentistry: Thirty Years of Implant Dentistry in Ireland' which will be
held in RCSI's Albert Lecture Theatre on 13 December 2013. The meeting will feature clinical
presentations by Irish experts in the surgical and prosthodontic aspects of implant dentistry.
Overseas Programmes
The Faculty's overseas activities are fl ourishing, exemplifi ed by its most recent collaboration
with RCSI and Medical Validation Ireland Programme in Qatar. I wish to acknowledge the
contribution of Dr Peter Cowan on behalf of the Faculty to this project.
The overseas MFD and FFD Programmes continue at New York University (NYU) where the
second cohort of International Oral Surgery Residents graduated from the programme in
June 2013 having successfully completed the FFD (Oral Surgery with Oral Medicine) in May.
Professor Gerard Kearns
Dean, Faculty of Dentistry
The 50-year anniversary
celebrations will conclude with
a one-day Gathering Meeting:
`Fifty Years of the Faulty of
Dentistry: Thirty Years of Implant
Dentistry in Ireland'.