The Faculty of Dentistry of King Khalid University has secured the membership of the International Organization for Dental Research, USA (IADR)" thus being the first school among the Saudi schools to join the organization and to put its logo on the site of the International Organization for Dental Research."
Joining the organization is as a result of the faculty members' and the students' research participation, in addition to the quality of the overall output of the Faculty.
Regarding this important development, the Rector of King Khalid University, Prof. Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al Dawood has congratulated the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Shahrani. The Rector also congratulated the faculty members and all the students on this achievement, which will be an incentive for the faculty to provide more excellence.
On his part, the Dean of Dentistry, Dr. Ibrahim bin Suleiman Al-Shahrani has stated that the Faculty had been granted the institutional membership according to the IADR standards for faculty members' and students' researches conducted. He said, "The International Organization for Dental Research in the United States is the highest research platform in the field of Oral Health Research."
For its part, the International Organization for Dental Research has thanked the King Khalid University Dentistry School for its support to the association through its message to push research wheel and increase knowledge so as to improve oral health worldwide.
King Khalid University, represented by the Dentistry College, has started implementing a cooperation agreement with Asir Handicapped Children Association. The agreement states forming a joint teamwork, starting from the current academic year 1435 - 1436 AH. The teamwork will contain 42 intern and 12 members of the teaching staff. Note that Monday is set aside for receiving cases starting from 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 O'clock pm. with an average of 8 cases a week. The initiative proves the University's pursuit of achieving one of its most important of its goals - delivering needed services that could help in building the community.
In this regard, the Dean of Dentistry College, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Shahrani has stated that the college is taking part in this agreement just to perform its duty in removing any obstacles that may hinder the progress of anyone, and to deliver the best possible services for the members of the community, because of its belief in the responsibility it should shoulder towards different sections of the community.
Al-Shahrani said, "I hope this work is going to have a great positive impact in helping the dear group of handicapped, and oral heath as well."
King Khalid University (KKU) has Supported scientific research by providing a quarter of million Saudi riyal as scholarship to Dr. Mohammed Al Farsi who undertook the research.The research deals with discovery of the side effects of Dental Implantation on human genes responsible for the healing of Dental Implantation in the jawbone.
Dr. Mohamed Abdurhman Al Farsi, a professor of prosthodontics, who is also the assistant of Dental implantation program, in addition to being the representative of Saudi Dental Society in Asir region, praised and appreciated the prevailing excellent scientific environment for research in the Dentistry college. He, as well as the prevailing conducive condition provided by KKU for researches, are living example of King Khalid University's pursuit to achieve excellence by investing recourses for the improvement of this country's work force. The proof of this can be ascertained by the university's support of Dr. Mohamed during his Masters and P.hD Studies. Dr. Mohamed pointed out thus, " the cost of my doctorate research was about a quarter of a million Saudi riyals, and this support contributed - thanks to God - in preparing high level scientific research to discover the side effects of Dental Implantation on human genes which are responsible for the healing of Dental Implant in jawbone".
It was pointed out that Al Farsi joined King Khalid University in 2004, where he worked in Abha General Hospital and later at the Military Hospital in Khamis Mushayt. From there he was sent to Australia in 2005 to undertake courses in masters and doctorate degrees on an eight year scholarship. During his study there, he conducted his masters degree research which was about 'the design and making of dental implantation using Computer', while for his doctorate degree research he decided to do it on 'the side effects of Dental Implantation on surrounding genes'. Al Farsi has since returned to Saudi Arabia, and now he is working as a Vice Dean of Dentistry College for academic affairs at King Khalid University.