Dr. Leake Student Bursary

This bursary was developed to recognize the significant contributions that Dr. Leake made (and continues to make) to dental public health in Canada.  

Bursary Application (Now accepting applications until June 15, 2017)

Award Criteria:

To recognize the significant contributions of Dr. Jim Leake to the education of Dental Public Health professionals in Canada and abroad, the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry (CAPHD) supports up to and including two student conference bursaries each year. These awards will be given to up to two students (undergraduate or graduate) each year and apply to attend the annual CAPHD Conference, Scientific Session and Annual General Meeting. This award will include the following:

1) The value of the award will be variable (cover travel expenses- flight/bus/train, hotel, ground transportation up to a maximum of $500 for each student) according to CAPHD travel policy and procedures.

2) The award recipient will have CAPHD conference registration costs waived.

3) Preference will be given to students in Canadian programs of study related to community oral health who are authors or co-authors of a submitted or selected abstract for the CAPHD Scientific Sessions. Award recipients will not be restricted to these criteria however.

Here's what past recipients had to say:

"Receiving the Dr. Leake Student Bursary allowed me the opportunity to attend the CAPHD conference in Charlottetown, PEI. The conference was informative, fun and I was able to meet a variety of people working in dental public health, many of whom I work with now." -Dr. Alyssa Hayes, Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan.

2016 Recipients

Ms. Amanda Barberio, BHSC (Hons), MSc Student

For: Fluoride Exposure and Indicators of Thyroid Functioning: Implication for Community Water Fluoridation and Fluoride Exposure and indicators of Cognitive Functioning Implications for Community Water Fluoridation

Amanda Barberio received a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Degree in 2010 and is in the final year of her Master’s Degree in Population and Public Health at the University of Calgary. Her thesis research takes advantage of newly released Statistics Canada data to examine associations between fluoride exposure and cognitive and thyroid functioning among a population-based sample of Canadians. The findings of Amanda’s research will be important from a safety perspective regarding the addition of fluoride to drinking water.  Amanda has also worked on projects examining the socioeconomic patterning of body weight and population-level interventions to reduce dietary sodium intake. She has served on several departmental committees and is an active volunteer in the community.  

Dr. Noha Gomaa, BDS, MSc, PhD (candidate)

For: Socioeconomic Position & Cumulative Biogogical Risk in Periodontal Disease: Evidence From Hanes IV

Noha Gomaa is currently a 4th year PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, under the supervision of Dr. Carlos Quiñonez. She is a dentist and an oral pathology specialist.

Combining her passion for both, dental public health and laboratory medicine, Noha embarked on an interesting and novel interdisciplinary project for her PhD where she is studying the pathways by which social and economic conditions can alter one's immune responses to bring about oral diseases and related oral health inequalities.

Noha has also completed a CIHR Fellowship in Public Health Policy at the University of Toronto, and has received the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology in recognition of her academic achievement. 


 About Dr. Leake     

James (Jim) Leake retired from Community Dentistry, Department of Biological and Diagnostic Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. For over 28 years he taught in both the undergraduate and graduate programs at the Faculty, and for almost all of those years he served as both head of the division and program director for the specialty training program in dental public health. From 2006 to 2008 he served as President of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. He previously worked as executive director of dental services for the Province of Manitoba (1975-1980) where he and others set-up a dental therapist delivered provincial dental program for children, modeled closely on that of the Saskatchewan Dental Program.

Dr. Leake authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications and has continue to investigate issues around the oral health of First Nations people, fluoridation, oral health policy and access to care. During the much of the period that the National School of Dental Therapy was operated by the University of Toronto, he worked closely with the school's director on various development and evaluation projects for the national school. He and Dr. Keith Davey, the school's director, held a 6-year development grant to train therapists and upgrade the service delivery program for Dominica (BWI). He has served as President of the Ontario Public Health Association and as a consultant to the Federal Government's First Nations and Inuit dental health program, and internationally for the Pan American Health Organization and therapy programs in the West Indies. He was awarded the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry's Distinguished Service Award in 2004, an Honourary Life Membership by the Ontario Public Health Association in 2006, an Honourary Life Membership by both the CAPHD and the OSPHD in 2008 and a Distinguished Service Award by the Canadian Dental Association in 2010. He now serves as an examiner in dental public health for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Jim and his wife Beth now live in Kingston, Ontario, where they are closer to their two daughters and their families.


Membership benefits

  • Conference fee discounts
  • Student Bursaries
  • Subscription to our newsletter
  • Member discussion groups
  • Gain a voice for DPH in Canada