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HKU Faculty of Dentistry Bulletin: January 2017

Faculty News

196th Congregation, Class of 2016

Graduates of Class 2016 received the send-off of a lifetime when HKU's Faculty of Dentistry hosted its annual Congregation and Diploma and Prize Presentation Ceremony on December 5, 2016.

Fifty-four undergraduates of BDS Class of 2016 pledged the Hippocratic Oath in the University's Grand Hall, committing themselves to serving the public to the best of their abilities at all times, and top performers were honoured. Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, Professor Thomas Flemmig, led the oath-taking. During the Ceremony, 18 PhD graduates, 31 Master's degrees graduates and three Advanced Diplomas awardees were also conferred the respective Degree and the Advanced Diploma.

Full photo coverage of the 196thCongregation and Diploma and Prize Presentation Ceremony can be found online at:


Anchor "microbrush" on your teeth and brush "bugs" away

This is not toothbrush, this is "microbrush" which is much smaller than toothbrush and even invisible to naked eyes. Inspired by the method which reduce protein adsorption and platelet adhesion in a blood-material interface, researchers in HKU Faculty of Dentistry developed a novel way to clean your tooth with a tooth-targeting (polydopamine-induced) polyethylene glycol (PEG). This modified PEG could anchor on your tooth surface like tethered chains, and stretch away from the tooth surface leading to a "brush"-like conformation.

Acting like a brush, the modified PEG is able to sweep the bacteria away without killing them, this is favorable for maintaining the original ecosystem in the mouth. This modified PEG has potential to be a complementary way to daily tooth clean process and help maintain your oral hygiene.

Further reading source:
Mei ML, Li QL, Chu CH. Inhibition of cariogenic plaque formation on root surface with polydopamine-induced-polyethylene glycol coating. Materials 2016, 9:414.

Call for participants

Continuing Dental Education (CDE) Seminar in January, 2017

Topic: How to differentiate oral pathology lesions in general dental practice?

Speaker: Dr Richard Su, Clinical Associate Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, HKU

Date: 19 January, 2017

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, The Prince Philip Dental Hospital

Check out the complete 2016-17 CDE Seminars Schedule:

The Faculty offers regular lectures and courses for continuing dental education and continuing professional development. To learn more about CDE courses, please visit:



Hong Kong - Joint Scientific Symposium - "Current and Future Challenges in Dentistry"

Hong Kong - Joint Scientific Symposium - "Current and Future Challenges in Dentistry" to be held on 12 January 2017. This is the first joint symposium between the Dental Hospital Center for Global Oral Health at the Osaka University and our Faculty of Dentistry.

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