ACFD announces the 2023 National Dental Teaching Award to Dr. Frances Power of the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University.
Dr. Frances Power obtained her DDS Honours at the University of Toronto in 1990. She began her career as a staff dentist at Weeneebayko General Hospital serving patients from Moose Cree First Nation, and then a family dentist in rural Ontario. As a consultant in community development, she collaborated with the Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres. Frances joined the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences of McGill University in 2008 to oversee dental students providing care in the community for underserved people, enhancing access to dental care and oral health.
Frances is the Course Director for Community Health Services, Academic Director of the McGill Mobile Dental Clinic, Chair of the Student Community Initiatives Committee, and former Director, Community-Based Dentistry and Dental Public Health. She is the recipient of the 2013 Dr. Ralph Silverstone Teaching Award, the 2019 ACFD W.W. Wood Award for Excellence in Dental Education, and the 2020 Dr. Howard S. Katz Award for Excellence in Dental Education. Her community service activities contributed to the Faculty receiving the 2019 ADEA William J. Gies Award for Vision, Innovation, and Achievement.
Frances’ joy is observing how her students transform dental public health information into smiles, oral health, and dignity for diverse community groups.
ACFD announces the 2023 Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Blaine Cleghorn of the Faculty of Dentistry at Dalhousie University.
Blaine has committed his career to academic dentistry. He spent the first 18 years of his career at the University of Manitoba, where he served as Head of Patient Care, Head of Clinics and Director, Clinical Affairs. In 2003 he accepted a faculty position at Dalhousie University where he served as Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs until his retirement in 2021. He continues to teach part-time.
Blaine has demonstrated teaching excellence throughout his career. He was awarded the WW Wood award for teaching in both Manitoba and Dalhousie. In 2011 he was the recipient of the prestigious ACFD National Teaching Award. He has also won numerous teaching awards based on student input.
Blaine has also demonstrated strong leadership and administrative excellence in the very complex clinical operation of a dental school. Those that work with him, note his calm demeanor and steadfast commitment to student learning and patient care.
Blaine has served academic dentistry at the national level. He is an expert in developing infection control protocols and has participated on the Public Health Agency of Canada’s working group on the development of national guidelines for preventing the transmission of bloodborne pathogens from healthcare workers to patients. He has served as an ACFD Board Member for 11 years and Chaired, the Clinical Affairs Committee, as well as the liaison for the ACFD/CDA DAT working group. He has served 9 times on CDAC accreditation site survey teams and served as ACFD Representative on the CDAC Dentistry Review Committee. He has served over 20 years with the National Dental Examining Board first as a reviewer and examiner and then as Assistant Chief Examiner and finally as the Chief Examiner of the written exam. He has participated in investigating the validity of the CDA Dental Admissions Test. In recognition of his service, Blaine has also been awarded with the CDA Distinguished Service Award.
ACFD announces the 2023 National Dental Research Award to Dr. Anil Kishen of the Faculty of Dentistry at University of Toronto.
Dr. Anil Kishen is a Professor of Endodontics, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Oral Health Nanomedicine, and the Dr. Lloyd & Mrs. Kay Chapman Chair in Clinical Sciences. He is also the Graduate Coordinator for the Graduate Education at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. He is cross-appointed as Associate Scientist at the Department of Dentistry, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto.
Dr. Kishen has published over 230 peer-reviewed journal publications, 24 book-chapters and 3 books. He is a co-inventor in 12 patents. He has presented over 180 invited plenary and/or keynote lectures worldwide. Dr. Kishen has received several awards and honors including The Enterprise Challenge Innovator (Singapore), W. W. Wood Award (Canada) for excellence in Dental Education and Journal of Endodontics Publication Awards for the year 2015, 2016, 2020, 2021, 2022. He is also the Recipient of the prestigious 2020 Louis I. Grossman Award from the American Association of Endodontists for cumulative publication of significant research studies that have made an extraordinary contribution to endodontology.
Dr. Kishen serves as the Associate Editor for the Journal of Endodontics, BMC Microbiology, Clinical Oral Investigations, and Frontiers in Dental Medicine. His research at the University of Toronto focuses on engineering bioactive nanomaterials for guided tissue engineering. His research is funded by federal grants from the Canadian Foundation of Innovation (CFI), multiple grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC), Ontario Centers of Excellence (OCE); industrial partnership grants from the Mitacs; as well as foundation grants from the American Association of Endodontists Foundation. Publications from his lab received >10,000 citations with h-index of 58 (google-scholar). Dr. Kishen has trained over 100 HQPs (Highly Qualified Personnel) in his lab.
ACFD announces the 2022 National Dental Teaching Award to Dr. Sachin Seth of the Faculty of Dentistry at Dalhousie University.
Sachin Seth, DDS, MEd is an associate professor and associate dean of academics at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He completed his BSc and DDS degrees at Dalhousie University in 1996 and 2000 respectively and then obtained his MEd from Acadia University in 2011, with a focus on curriculum development. Since 2002, Sachin has been involved with both clinical and didactic teaching at Dalhousie University, including operative dentistry, evidence-based dentistry, patient care, and communications. In 2018, he led various stakeholders to deliver an innovative new clinical teaching program that exposes students to a setting which more closely resembles private practice, with collaboration between dentistry and dental hygiene.Sachin has worked extensively with the National Dental Examining Board of Canada and been involved with standard setting, exam review, and question writing for licensure exams for dentists in Canada.He was recently inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Dentists. Sachin has also received several teaching awards, including the ACFD W.W. Wood Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2019. Sachin lives in Halifax with his lovely wife and maintains a private practice focused on general dentistry for both adults and children.
ACFD announces the 2022 Distinguished Service Award goes to Dr. Dan Haas who is a Professor and Dean of Dentistry at the University of Toronto. He hold the Decanal Arthur Zwingenberger Chair and holds positions in the Department of Phamacology at the Faculty of Medicine.
Dr. Haas is professor and Dean at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry. He currently holds the Arthur Zwingenberger Decanal Chair and has a cross-appointment with the Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine.
He received a BSc (with Honours), a DDS, a BScD (Anesthesia) and a PhD (Pharmacology) all from the University of Toronto, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.
His scholarship has been recognized internationally with the receipt of a number of major awards: the International Association for Dental Research Distinguished Scientist Award for Pharmacology/Therapeutics/Toxicology research (2004); the Heidbrink Award from the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (2007); the Leonard Monheim Distinguished Service Award of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists (2010); and the Horace Wells Award, the highest recognition awarded by the International Federation of Dental Anesthesiology Societies (2018). He has been the only Canadian to win each of these 4 awards.
Professor Haas is also the recipient of a number of teaching awards including: 17 Dental Students’ Society Teaching Awards; the A. Bruce Hord Master Teacher Award (1991 and 2000); and the W.W. Wood Award for Excellence in Dental Education (2005). From 1998 – 2013 he was the director of the graduate program for the specialty of dental anesthesiology.
He has also played an active role with a number of dental organizations, including the National Dental Examining Board of Canada, Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry, Royal College of Dentists of Canada, and the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists.
ACFD announces the 2022 National Research Award to Dr. Antonio Nanci of the Faculty of Dental Medicine at Universite de Montreal.
Dr. Nanci holds a PhD from McGill University with postgraduate training at University of Southern California. He is a Professor at the Faculty of Dental Medicine of Université de Montréal since 1983. From 2007-2020 he was Director of the clinically-oriented Department of Stomatology, and is currently Vice-dean for Research and Graduate Studies. Dr. Nanci is Director of the Electron Imaging Facility of the University and of the Laboratory for the Study of Calcified Tissues and Biomaterials (LSCTB). The LSCTB has expertise with various forms of structural imaging and his research interests are in cell biological processes of normal and pathological calcified tissues, and in the integration of biomaterials in soft and hard tissues. He has 201 peer-reviewed publications and has been invited to give 130 presentations. Since 2003, he is the author/editor of Ten Cate’s Oral Histology.
Dr. Nanci holds a Canada Research Chair in Calcified Tissues, Biomaterials and Structural Imaging. He was awarded the Maffo Vialli International Award of Histochemistry from the Italian Histochemical Society (2007), the Charles P. Leblond award from the Quebec Network for Oral and Bone Health Research (2012), an Honorary PhD from the University of Messina (2016) and the Distinguished Scientist Award for Research in Oral Biology (IADR) (2016).
ACFD announces the 2021 National Dental Teaching Award to Dr. Christophe Bedos of the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University.
Christophe Bedos is an Associate Professor at McGill University Faculty of Dentistry, and Co-Director of the RSBO (Quebec oral and bone health research network). His teaching content and approach for undergraduate and graduate students and the broader professional and public communities is highly innovative. Furthermore, his teaching is not just focused on the immediate learning outcomes of students and other learners but on promoting a paradigm shift in the way we teach dentistry and the way dental care is provided in our communities. Christophe’s work focuses on a model of “social dentistry” that aims to promote a discussion of patient-centred care and a focus on those sectors of society that are least able to access care for a range of reasons. He relies on transformative learning theories and uses visual arts and the humanities in his courses. Among his innovations, in his role as Co-Director of the Reseau de recherche en sante buccodentaire et osseuse, he has initiated the use of cartoons to translate research findings to the public and professions. His vision for dental education stipulates that dental schools should:
- Adopt biopsychosocial training frameworks to replace the dominant biomedical perspective.
- Increase the weight of “structural competencies” (social dentistry) and embed them into all aspects of the curricula.
- Use transformative learning approaches to critically reflect on social phenomena.
- Offer transdisciplinary learning in partnerships with medical and non-medical schools.
- Tirelessly promote humanistic values and social justice.
ACFD announces the 2021 Distinguished Service Award goes to Dr. John O’Keefe who is the Director, Knowledge Networks, Canadian Dental Association (CDA).
John O’Keefe is known very well for the multiple forms of knowledge translation and integration into practice he has led for many years at the CDA. Over many years, John has worked tirelessly as a liaison between academia and the world of practicing and organized dentistry. Having had his feet in all these elements of the profession, he is very aware of how important it is to enable communication and understanding between researchers and teachers and dentists and dental organizations in Canada to enable the best dental care to be delivered to Canadians. The world of academic dentistry in Canada owes John an enormous debt of gratitude for all his efforts on this front over many years.
Among the very long list of activities John engages in are:
- He is responsible for developing the CDA Oasisonline clinical decision support initiative. This initiative is comprised of two elements: CDA Oasis Live (live broadcasting and social media outreach), Oasis Discussions (answering the clinical questions of dentists).
- Editor in chief of ca,the peer-reviewed journal of the CDA (Indexed in Journal Citation Reports, Medline & Science Citation Index).
- Responsible for publishing CDA Essentials magazine in English & French.
- Managing a team comprised of 7 full-time staff, one half-time contractor, and a legion of relationships within and beyond the Canadian dental profession.
- Directly involved in outreach to advertisers and industry representatives.
- Member of the senior staff group.
- Chief staff resource to the Canadian Dental Association Future of the Profession Task Force(2016-2018)
- Chief staff resource to the Canadian Oral Health Roundtable (2015 to the present). This annual event (except for pandemic interruptions) brings together representatives of over 30 organizations from the oral health sector, the broader health sector, and beyond.
2020 Pacific Dental Conference
The 2020 Pacific Dental Conference was held in Vancouver, BC on March 5th to 7th, 2020.
ACFD awarded their Distinguished Service and National Teaching Awards.
From left to right ACFD President Dr. Andrea Esteves, Dr. Zul Kanji, Dr. Ed Yen and UBC Dean Dr. Mary MacDougall.
The ACFD 2020 National Teaching Award goes to Dr. Zul Kanji of the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Dentistry. Zul was appointed Director of the Dental Hygiene Degree Program at UBC in 2015 and has done a remarkable job renewing the curriculum with a rigorous competency mapping exercise, implementing interprofessional education and publishing and presenting his work at conferences and in peer-review journals. He serves on national and international dental hygiene educational committees and is a leader in dental hygiene education in Canada and internationally.
The ACFD 2020 Distinguished Service Award goes to Dr. Ed Yen of the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Dentistry. Ed has had, and continues to have a remarkable career participating in and leading a broad range of elements of the dental profession nationally and internationally. During his career, and among many leadership positions, Ed has been Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC, President of the Canadian Association of Dental Research, President of the Canadian Association of Orthodontists, Chair of the postgraduate orthodontic program directors’ committees in both Canada and the USA, and has also served as President of ACFD. Ed has been recognized with several significant awards, including the British Columbia Dental Association Distinguished Service Award in 2002, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Toronto in 2008 and the Honorary Alumnus Award from UBC.
Congratulations to both Drs Zul Kanji and Ed Yen of the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC.
Posted April 30, 2020.
2019 ACFD Biennial Conference
The 2019 ACFD Biennial Conference was held in Vancouver. BC on June 16th to 18th, 2019
The topic of the conference was “Discovering Scholarship and Research in Academia” in conjunction with the annual IADR Conference held June 19th to 22nd.
Dr. Chris McCulloch received the inaugural CADR-ACFD National Research Award at the conference dinner.
Dr. Paul Allison (ACFD President), Dr. Chris McCulloch, Dr. Patrick Flood (CADR President)
Dr. McCulloch has published over 295 peer-reviewed papers, with over 9,500 citations. His scholarly accomplishments can be noted by his h-index, which is an incredible 61. He has obtained over $55,000,000 of research funding over his career.
Dr. McCulloch is an internationally recognized leader in extracellular matrix biology with 32 years as an independent basic researcher. He combines in-depth knowledge of the fundamental biology of the extracellular matrix with long-standing expertise in clinical periodontology. He is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Matrix Dynamics and was the Director of the CIHR Matrix Dynamics Group for 15 years. He has made major contributions to the support and leadership of graduate teaching in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, in part as his role of Director of the CIHR Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research on Cell Signaling and Mucosal Immunity for 7 years.
During this time period he was directly involved in the support and training of over 35 PhD students. He currently has over 75 graduate students being trained in his laboratory. His research integrates cell biology, clinical periodontology and cell mechanics. Using state-of-the-art methods, he has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of cell-matrix communication in health and diseases; including heart disease, periodontal diseases and fibrosis. He has tremendous expertise in approaching long-standing scientific problems with fresh approaches which have lead, for example, to the development of the first automated periodontal probe, cell and transgenic mouse models of disease, quantitative microscopy, the very early employment of randomized controlled trails for treatments of periodontitis and the patenting of three inventions from his lab.
He plays a central role in the conduct and leadership of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry research enterprise.
L to R – Drs. Daniel Haas, Blaine Cleghorn, Paul Allison, Anne Charbonneau, Patrick Flood, Andrea Esteves, Marie Dagenais, Steven Patterson, Joanne Walton
2019 Gies Awards
The ADEAGIies Foundation Board of Trustees has selected the ACFD as the winner of the 2019 William J. Gies Award for Innovation in the category of Public-Private Partner. This wonderful honor acknowledges the countless hours and collaboration on behalf of the ACFD Academic Affairs Committee, in particular, Drs. Anne Charbonneau, Marie Dagenais, Sylvie Morin and Joanne Walton that were spent on the creation of the document “ACFD Educational Framework for the Development of Competency in Dental Programs”. We are very proud to receive this honor, which will formally be presented in Chicago March 18th, 2019 in tandem with the ADEA Annual Session.
We are doubly proud to announce that McGill University, Faculty of Dentistry has also been selected for a 2019 Gies award for Vision – Academic Dental Insitiution.
This award recognizes the outstanding work at McGill’s Faculty of Dentistry to provide care for underserved groups in Montreal, while at the same time promoting innovative approaches to improving access to dental care for these groups. In McGill’s program students and residents learn about working with vulnerable groups in the community and undertake initiatives to better serve them as well as perform research to promote more effective care for these groups
Left to right – Drs. Lamont MacNeil, Daniel Haas, Paul Allison, Rick Valachovic
2019 ADEA Annual Session – Chicago
Drs. Paul Allison and Daniel Haas through their commitment to ADEA, have enhanced the collaboration among dental educators in the United States and Canada.
At the March 2019 ADEA Annual Session in Chicago, they both received the “Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors Citation” for this work.
International Federation of Dental Anaesthesiology Societies presents Dean Daniel Haas with the Horace Wells Award
First Canadian to be awarded the Federation’s highest recognition
At the International Federation of Dental Anaesthesiology Societies (IFDAS) conference in Nara, Japan, dean Daniel Haas was presented with that society’s highest recognition: the Horace Wells Award. Dean Haas is the first Canadian to receive this recognition, which honours international accomplishment in the field of anaesthesiology in dentistry.
“I am deeply honoured by this international recognition,“ said dean Haas in a statement. In his acceptance remarks, the dean noted the importance of global collaboration to advance research and education in anaesthesia in dentistry.
The IFDAS conference is mounted every three years, and promotes the international exchange of knowledge, technology and research achievements in this discipline.
CADR/ACFD National Dental Research Award
The Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR) along with the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry (ACFD) are pleased to recognize exceptional contributions to dental research at Canadian Universities through the creation of the inaugural CADR/ACFD National Dental Research Award. The award is open to any faculty member currently performing research who is a member of CADR in the year nominated and who holds a primary faculty position within a Canadian Dental Institution. The recipient of the award should demonstrate a significant contribution to the field to oral health research, exceptional knowledge of their field of study, an outstanding record of mentorship to trainees, and a profound effect on the current knowledge of an area relevant to oral health. This year, nominations for this award will be accepted up to November 1, 2018. The winner will receive a $2,500 prize and a certificate from the CADR and ACFD to be awarded each year at the CADR national or international meeting. The inaugural award will be given at the 2019 CADR/ IADR meeting in Vancouver, BC.
For further information on the award, as well as a nomination package, visit (http://www.cadr-acrd.ca/index.php/awards)
Only one nominee may be nominated from each dental institution.
2018 ACFD National Dental Teaching Award
Dr. Dieter Schönwetter was recognized for his exceptional contributions to dental education at Canadian Universities, at the University of Manitoba’s Welcome Reception at the ADEA Annual Session in Orlando, FL on March 18, 2018Dr. Dieter Schönwetter and Dr. Paul Allison – ACFD President
Dr. Jack Gerrow won the ADEA Gies Award for Innovation – Dental Educator during ADEA Annual Session in Orlando
Dr. Daniel Haas, Dr. Jack Gerrow, Mrs. Jan Gerrow, Dr. Robert Loney
March 2018 – AGM
The ACFD Annual General Meeting was held in Vancouver, BC on Thursday March 8th, 2018
University of Manitoba launches master’s program in prosthodontics
A new three-year Master of Science degree program in Prosthodontics will be launched in August 2018 by the College of Dentistry in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.
The U of M, located in Winnipeg, is one of only three universities in Canada to offer a graduate prosthodontics degree.
The program will provide a strong foundation in classical prosthodontics, along with intensive training in state-of-the-art aesthetic dentistry, digital workflows, CAD/CAM technologies, dental microscopy, and placement and restoration of dental implants.
Strengths of the U of M program include a low instructor/resident ratio, well-balanced clinical and didactic programs with a critical approach to literature, and opportunities for clinical research.
The 36-month program, under the directorship of Dr. Igor Pesun, will lead to a Certificate in Prosthodontics combined with a Master of Science in Prosthodontics. Successful completion of the program will satisfy the formal training requirement for eligibility for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and Canada Fellowship. Fellowship is required for licensure as a specialist in Canada. Graduates will also be eligible for the American Board of Prosthodontics certification examination.
The program has applied for accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.
The deadline for admission in August 2018 is October 1, 2017.
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2017 ACFD Biennial Conference
The 2017 ACFD conference was held in Quebec City on June 12th to 14th, 2017 and was hosted by Université Laval.
The topic of the conference was “The Challenges and Opportunities of Implementing the ACFD Educational Framework for the Development of Competency”
Ms. Susan Matheson received the ACFD Distinguished Service award at the conference banquet, in honor of her long term dedication to the dental profession.
Dr. Paul Allison – ACFD President with Ms. Susan Matheson
Dr. Jim Lai received the 2017 ACFD National Dental Teaching Award for his professionalism, teaching abilities, and leadership in dental education.
Dr. Paul Allison, ACFD President, Dr. Jim Lai and Dr. Daniel Haas, Dean-University of Toronto
Congratulations to our colleagues at Université de Montréal, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia and McGill for your work being highlighted as three of the top ten articles in the JDE during 2016 – see below.
It is great to see that Canadian dental academics are having a strong influence in the world of dental education.
Top Articles in the ADEA Journal of Dental Education: 2016
The following articles are in the top 10 ADEA Journal of Dental Education (JDE) editor’s picks of 2016, selected by the JDE Editor, Dr. Nadeem Karimbux. These articles are now available for free on the JDE website through February 15,
Influence of Experience and Training on Dental Students’ Examination Performance Regarding Panoramic Images. Daniel P. Turgeon and Ernest W.N. Lam. J Dent Educ 2016 80:156-164.
Reaching Consensus on Essential Biomedical Science Learning Objectives in a Dental Curriculum. Leandra Best, Joanne N. Walton, Judith Walker and HsingChi von Bergmann. J Dent Educ 2016 80:422-429.
Should PGY-1 Be Mandatory in Dental Education? Two Viewpoints. Vineet Dhar, Alison Glascoe, Shahrokh Esfandiari, Kelly B. Williams, Michelle R. McQuistan and Mark R. Stevens. J Dent Educ 2016 80:1273-1281
The JDE Editor recognizes that many articles deserve recognition based on the quality and scope of the studies published.
The 10 articles chosen are based on quality, topic areas and design of study, and they represent the diversity of articles published in the JDE.
About JDE: The Journal of Dental Education (JDE) is a peer-reviewed monthly journal that publishes a wide variety of educational and scientific research in dental, allied dental and advanced dental education. Published continuously since 1936 and internationally recognized as the premier journal for academic dentistry, the JDE publishes articles on topics such as curriculum reform, education research methods, innovative educational and assessment methodologies, faculty development, community-based dental education, student recruitment and admissions, professional and educational ethics, dental education around the world and systematic reviews of educational interest. The online version of the JDE is freely accessible to all ADEA members by subscribing online at jdentaled.org.
Canadian Dental Association Awards Past-President – Dr. Daniel Haas
ACFD Past-President and Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, Dr. Dan Haas recently received this prodigious award from the CDA. At the CDA’s recent AGM Dan received the CDA Honorary Membership Award, which is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the dental profession, the dental community or the oral health of Canadians over a sustained period of time at the academic, corporate, specialty society, council, commission or committee level. An outstanding contribution at the national level shall be a principal consideration. The breadth and scope of achievement is a significant factor in determining this award.
Many know Dan and will agree that he thoroughly deserves this recognition from the broader dental community beyond academia. We, at ACFD, are very proud of Dan’s achievement and indeed of the contributions and achievements of all members of the dental academic community.
Dr. Alastair Nicoll, President of the Canadian Dental Association (L) and Dr. Daniel Haas, Past-President ACFD (R)
(photo credits – Mr. Greg Teckles)
2015 ACFD Biennial Conference
The 2015 ACFD Biennial Conference was held in Saskatoon. SK on June 13th to 15th, 2015.
The topic for the conference was “The Alphabet of Post Graduate Year Options: PGY1, AEGD, GPR, DF1….”
The ACFD Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. David Singer, posthumously
Mrs. David Singer receiving the Distinguished Service Award on behalf of her late husband.
(Dr. Daniel Haas – ACFD President, Mrs. David Singer, Dr. Blaine Cleghorn)