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Clinical Excellence Day 2018


The Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Otago is proud to present its annual Clinical Excellence Day which highlights some of the most interesting and challenging clinical cases undertaken by our postgraduate students. In addition, several guest speakers will give presentations about achieving clinical excellence within their respective fields. 

Day: Thursday 7 June 2018
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Cost: Free

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The event is free, but please register your interest in participating, so we have your details for CPD, and for catering purposes. 

Registration has now closed for 2018.

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Guest Speakers

Dr Abdul Aziz

(Biography to come)

Constance Law_webDr Constance Law

BDS, DClinDent

Constance has been working as a specialist prosthodontist in Wellington since 2012. She graduated BDS in 2005 and DClinDent in 2011 from the University of Otago.

She is a member of the New Zealand Association of Prosthodontists and Restorative Dentists, and the International College of Prosthodontists. Constance remains active in publishing clinical and research papers with a special interest in aesthetic dentistry and dental implants.

Karyn Becconsall_webDr Karyn Becconsall

BDS, DClinDent

I gained my BDS degree with Merit from the University of Otago, graduating in 1994. I then spent several years gaining and extending my surgical knowledge before embarking on my post graduate qualifications. During these years I worked as a house surgeon at Waikato Hospital where the focus was mainly on trauma patients. I have also worked at Christchurch Oral Health Unit, where the focus was more on patients with medical conditions who could not be treated in a general practice environment. I have also been lucky enough to spend nearly two years working as a Junior Lecturer in Oral Surgery at the University of Dundee, Scotland.

On moving back to Dunedin in 2004, I embarked on a post graduate degree in Oral Surgery. I gained my Doctorate of Dental Surgery specialising in Oral Surgery (DClinDent, Oral Surgery) at The University of Otago in 2008.

Since completing my Doctorate, I have established Fernbrae House, a private specialist surgical practice with a purpose built Day Stay facility. I also maintain strong ties with the School of Dentistry and have been the external examiner for the discipline of Oral Surgery on numerous occasions.

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University of Otago Speakers

Alison_RichProfessor Alison M. Rich

Head of Department, Oral Pathologist

Professor Rich is the Head of the Dental Oral Pathology Diagnostic Service which provides specialist diagnostic oral pathology reports to dentists and to dental specialists and to anatomical pathologists.

Alison's research interests relate to gaining a greater understanding of the pathogenesis of oral diseases to complement my clinical speciality of diagnostic oral pathology. Her main research interest is in oral cancer, particularly developing tools to more accurately predict the transformation of potentially malignant oral diseases to oral cancer and, more recently, investigation the role of immune cells in the oral cancer environment. She has expertise in project design in these areas, in data analysis and in mentoring colleagues and post- and undergraduate students undertaking related projects. Specialist techniques include light microscopic analysis, immuno-fluorescence microscopy, immunohistochemistry and histomorphometric analysis. More recently she has used polymerase chain reaction and array technology. Professor Rich's contribution to dental research has been recognised by being invited in 2010 to become a member of the Board of the New Zealand Dental Association Research Foundation. She is a co-leader of the Immunopathology Programme of the Sir John Walsh Research Institute.

Graeme_Ting_webDr Graeme Ting

Senior Lecturer

Dr Ting is registered in New Zealand as a Specialist in Hospital/Special Needs Dentistry. He has a particular interest in providing oral health care to older people with medical problems, physical and intellectual disabilities. His Masters thesis and research explored the oral health needs of nursing home residents with dementia. Dr. Ting graduated from the University of Otago School of Dentistry in 1989. After completing his Master of Dental Surgery degree in 1999, he was registered as a specialist in 2000 by Dental Council of New Zealand. Dr. Ting is one of the inaugural fellows in Special needs dentistry of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. He is also recognised as a Diplomate, with proficiency in Hospital Dentistry by the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. the only New Zealand Dentist to have achieved this recognition. He is also a Fellow of the International College of Dentists.

Dr Ting has had extensive experience in all aspects of Hospital Dentistry and the provision of Special Care from within the hospital environment. He also enjoys teaching and has had many years experience mentoring junior dentists in aspects of hospital and special needs dentistry. He worked for a short period of time in private dental practice in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In July 2010 Dr. Ting became the Associate Director, Research and Policy for the New Zealand Dental Association and combined this role with clinical work for the three hospitals of the Auckland District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand. Dr Ting has a number of publications related to special needs dentistry and has also been an invited speaker to conferences in Asia, Australia and New Zealand

Mani_EkambarumDr Manikandan Ekambaram


Dr Mani received his Dental Bachelor’s degree from India in 2003. He was awarded Master’s and Doctoral degrees by The University of Hong Kong in 2008 and 2015 respectively. He received the diploma of membership in Paediatric Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in 2012 and 2014 respectively. Earlier this year he was also awarded the fellowship in dental surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Dr Mani is a senior lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry and prior to this appointment he was a Clinical Assistant Professor in Paediatric Dentistry, at The University of Hong Kong. He has published several peer-reviewed scientific papers in dental and materials science journals and has delivered several guest lectures and conference presentations.

Dr Mani’s research interest is in remineralization of early enamel caries, enamel and dentine adhesion, prevention and management of enamel white spot lesions from fixed orthodontic treatment, management of teeth with developmentally hypomineralized enamel, and paediatric oral health.

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Ivoclar Vivadent best student presentation 2018


Divya Ramanan (Orthodontics)


  • Poppy Horne (Periodontology)
  • Pip Greer (Oral Medicine)
  • Elizabeth Williams (Oral Pathology)

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