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News 2010

12/17/10

Dr. Steven Aquilino Receives UI Council on Teaching Instructional Improvement Award

Dr. Steven Aquilino, Department of Prosthodontics, received a UI Council on Teaching Instructional Improvement Award for $4,000. He will use the funds to create life-sized, three- dimensional models of ideal tooth preparations for all of the fixed prosthodontic preparation that the D2 students are required to complete during their pre-clinical fixed prosthodontic courses. Students will use these models, along with detailed evaluation critera, to assess each example prior to preparing the tooth in a simulated environment.

Dr. Philip Wertz Presents Frontier of Science Award Lecture

Dr. Philip Wertz, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology & Medicine, and Dows, presented the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) Frontier of Science Award Lecture during the organization's annual scientific meeting, which was held December 9-10, 2010. His one-hour presentation was titled, "Stratum Corneum Lipid Composition and Structure in Relation to Barrier Function."

College of Dentistry Clinical Translational Researchers Continue Major Projects with Astra Tech

Representatives from the Swedish company Astra Tech AB made a site visit to the College of Dentistry on December 9, 2010. The company, which develops, manufactures, and markets dental implants and medical devices, is sponsoring six current College of Dentistry clinical research projects. Two additional research projects are planned.

College of Dentistry faculty and staff who are involved with the Astra Tech AB research include Dr. Clark Stanford, associate dean for research; Dr. Georgia Johnson, head of the Department of Periodontics; Dr. Galen Schneider, head of the Department of Prosthodontics; Dr. David Gratton, Department of Prosthodontics; Dr. James Wefel, director of the Dows Institute for Dental Research; Dr. Christopher Barwacz, visiting assistant professor, Dows; Drs. Steven Clark and Paula Weistroffer, Department of Periodontics; Dr. Charles Ringgold, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery; and Cindy Asmussen, Donna Stark, Sharon Hansen, Michelle Moore, Sharon Seydel, and Marie Phillips, Dows.

12/10/10

Three Delta Dental Grants Received for Projects

Two dental student groups, Iowa Branch of the American Student Dental Association (IASDA) and the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA), jointly received a $6,000 grant from Delta Dental for a project entitled "Pediatric Educational Oral Health Resources in Spanish." The project's goal will be to have current pediatric educational resources translated into Spanish so they will be available for distribution at health fairs and be accessible on the Department of Pediatric Dentistry's Web site. As faculty mentor for the student groups, Ms. Cathy Skotowski, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, wrote and submitted the proposal for the grant. She will be supervising the project's progress.

Dr. Sarah Murrell, first-year pediatric dentistry resident, and Dr. Karin Weber-Gasparoni, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, received a $3,000 Delta Dental grant for the research project entitled, "Oral Health Perceptions of Caregivers of Individuals with Special Healthcare Needs." These individuals are at a higher risk for experiencing oral health problems, face the greatest barriers to receiving appropriate oral health care, and most are dependent on caregivers to provide the necessary daily preventive oral health care when placed in group homes. This research project will conduct a survey of caregivers with the goal of identifying gaps in knowledge, training, and comfort with regard to providing oral hygiene care to clients living in group homes. Ultimately, these results will be used to improve training programs so caregivers will be more adept and comfortable when providing oral hygiene care to clients with special healthcare needs.

Drs. Fang Qian, Biostatistics Unit, and Ronald Ettinger, Department of Prosthodontics, and Dows, will also be on their research team.

Ms. Gayle Gilbaugh, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, was awarded a $10,000 Delta Dental grant to develop a Special Health Care Needs (SHCN) Dental Flip Chart, which will be used in educating parents and caregivers. The 8 1/2 x 11 inch flip chart will include information for both the non-dental health professional and the dental professional in working with caregivers. Topics and visuals will include oral health conditions, daily oral hygiene tips for patient positioning, toothbrush selection/adaptations, oral effects of medications, dental emergency information, and the use of preventive agents, mouth props, and floss aids. Upon completion of the flip chart, 100 copies will be produced and distributed to use as a pilot. Feedback will be gathered for use in making revisions and judging the demand for the flip charts.

12/03/10

Students from the Iowa Chapter Attend HDA National Symposium

Treagan White (D4), president of the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA), Iowa Chapter, and Aaron Figueroa (D3), president-elect for 2010-2011, traveled to Chicago, Illinois on October 28-30 with Dr. Marcela Hernandez (mentor) to attend the 18th Annual Meeting of the HDA National Symposium. Aaron and Treagan gave a 10-minute poster presentation, "HDA Iowa Chapter Reaches Out to the Hispanic Community in Iowa," to a panel of three judges and won first place in the Orgullo Competition. Co-authors on the poster include Chelsea Twohig (D2); Noemi Cruz-Orcutt (D4); Kirstina Gratz (D4); Elizabeth Sasse (D3); and Dr. Marcela Hernandez. A total of 20 student chapters from 40 different school chapters participated in the Orgullo competition this year.

Dr. Alejandra Valencia Wins First Place in the HDA Scientific Session

Dr. Alejandra Valencia, a resent Iowa graduate in dental public health, won first place in the scientific session competition with her poster, "Disparities in Access-Utilization of Dental Services among Iowa Children: the Latino Experience." Her mentors are Dr. Karin Weber-Gasparoni, Department of Pediatric Dentistry; Dr. Fang Qian, Biostatistics Unit; and Drs. John Warren and Peter Damiano, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry.

11/22/10

Dr. Axel Ruprecht Selected to Serve on AAOMR's Task Force on Oral and Maxillofacial Specialty Standards

Dr. Axel Ruprecht, Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, has been selected as a member of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology's Task Force on Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Specialty Standards. The task force will be reviewing ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) standards, which are being revised.

Dr. Rebecca Slayton Interviewed for Oral Health Initiative

Dr. Rebecca Slayton, head of Pediatric Dentistry, was interviewed for the October 2010 issue of Oral Health Initiative, an electronic monthly oral health newsletter published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In the interview, Dr. Slayton discusses choosing pediatric dentistry because she enjoys working with young children. she also discusses the misconception that oral care and diet for young children aren't emphasized because "baby teeth are not important," which can lead to dental caries; and the value of collaboration between medical, dental, and other health professionals to identify potential oral issues for at-risk children.

Dr. Susan McKernan Featured in UI Graduate College's Annual Report 2009-2010

Dr. Susan McKernan, postdoctoral research fellow in dental public health, is featured in the University of Iowa Graduate College's Annual Report 2009-2010. In the interview, Dr. McKernan discusses her research on the dentist shortages in Iowa. Using 2007 data, she found that of nine predictors, populations without health insurance, non-white populations, and pharmacists were the most accurate predictors for the number of dentists in a county.

Dr. McKernan recently received the L.B. Sims Outstanding Master's Thesis Award for her thesis, "Modeling State Dentist Workforce Using County-Level Population Data." She is currently working on a PhD: "I realized that I loved research a lot and to go into academics or to work for the government, a PhD degree helps." Dr. McKernan plans to complete her doctoral work in oral sciences within 12-18 months.

11/15/10

Drs. David Drake and John Warren Attend Symposium on Early Childhood Caries in American Indian and Alaska Native Children

Dr. David Drake, Department of Endodontics, and Dows, recently attended and presented at the Symposium on Early Childhood Caries (ECC) in American Indian and Alaska Native Children. Dr. John Warren, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, also attended the meeting, which was held October 20-22, 2010, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Dr. Drake was a co-author on a presentation, "Cariogenic Bacteria in Severe ECC." He also presented "Transmission of S. mutans in a Tribal Community" and talked about "1.0% flavored chlorhexidine gel."

The symposium had two goals: to identify knowledge gaps, which could impede progress in controlling and preventing severe ECC among American Indian and Alaska Native children, and to reach a consensus on the gaps in knowledge in order to reduce ECC for AI/AN children, and offer strategies to eliminate the gaps.

The symposium was planned under the auspices of the Council on Access, Preventive and Interprofessional Relations. It was co-hosted by the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, and co-sponsored by Oral Health America with support from the DentaQuest Foundation.

11/05/10

Dean John Keller President-Elect of the AAU/AGS

Dr. John Keller, associate provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate College, and professor Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Dows, has been elected president-elect of the American Association of Universities (AAU)/Association of Graduate Schools (AGS). The AAU/AGS group includes the graduate deans of the Research 1 schools (63 institutions).

Dean Keller will serve a three-year term: one year as president-elect, one year as president, and one year as past president.

Dr. Richard Burton President-Elect of the ABOMS

Dr. Richard Burton, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, has been elected as a director of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. After serving on the ABOMS Board from 2010-2015, he will become president of the ABOMS for the 2015-2016 year.

Dr. Burton previously served as an ABOMS examiner from 2005-2010.

Dr. Kirk Fridrich, head of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, also served as a director of ABOMS in 2001, and subsequently served as ABOMS president in 2006-2007.

Drs. Clark Stanford and Ronald Ettinger Interviewed for Article in November Issues of AGD Impact

Dr. Clark Stanford, associate dean for research and Department of Prosthodontics, and Dr. Ronald Ettinger, Department of Prosthodontics and Dows, were interviewed for an article that appears in the November 2010 issue of AGD Impact, which is published by the Academy of General Dentists. In "The Age of Dentistry: Oral-Systemic Health with Emphasis on the Geriatric Population," author Rick Asa discusses the continuing prevalence of edentulism despite improved dental treatment. The growth in edentulism can be attributed to increased population and life expectancy, as well as the cost of some dental treatments.

Dr. Stanford discussed some of his experiences with treating younger patients who were either partially or totally edentulous. Dr. Ettinger related how oral diseases; medical conditions such as diabetes, stroke, or Alzheimer's and medications affect the oral health of elderly patients.

10/15/10

Abbey Ackermann Presents at the Student Clinicians America Dental Association Program

Ms. Abbey Ackermann (D3) presented a poster on October 9, 2010, at the Student Clinicians -- American Dental Association (SCADA) research program, which was held during the 151st Annual Meeting of the American Dental Association. Her poster was entitled Porphyromonas gingivalis hemagglutinan B (HagB) binds to human dendritic cell proteins.

Abbey was one of 70 students who presented posters during the program. Dr. Kim Brogden, Department of Periodontics and Dows Institute for Dental Research, is Abbey's mentor.

10/03/10

Dr. Steven Aquilino Receives McLeran Faculty Award

Dr. Steven Aquilino, Department of Prosthodontics, received the James H. McLeran faculty award on September 24, 2010. The award banquet was held at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Dr. Aquilino thanked Dr. Galen Schneider, head of the Department of Prosthodontics, for nominating him for the McLeran Faculty Award. He also acknowledged Dean McLeran's advice to him as a junior dental faculty, to focus on his strengths (teaching and clinical service). The McLeran Awaard honors recipients for their exemplary clinical and teaching skills.

10/01/10

The UI College of Dentistry Kicks Off Building Transformation Fundraising Campaign

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry publicly launched its "Transformation for Tomorrow" building renovation and expansion campaign on September 24, 2010, announcing that $6.2 million of the $10 million campaign goal has been raised so far.

More than 150 alumni, friends, and supporters of the College of Dentistry gathered for the campaign kickoff to hear the progress-to-date announcement. Attendees also heard from college and campaign leaders about the importance of the fundraising campaign and the facilities project that will transform the 35-year-old Dental Science Building.

"This building transformation will allow our college to continue to be an invaluable resource to Iowa -- and to influence the direction of dentistry in this country and around the world for decades to comes," said David Johnsen, dean of the UI College of Dentistry.

H. Garland Hershey, chair of the Dentistry campaign's steering committee, said, "An impressive number of friends of the College of Dentistry have demonstrated their trust and respect for the college by their generous support of this transformative building project. Building on the strong support provided by state and university leaders, Iowa dentists and friends of the college are helping to make the building project a reality through their continuing contributions," added Hershey, a UI College of Dentistry graduate (1963 BS, 1965 DDS, 1971 MS) who also is vice chancellor emeritus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Dental Science Building renovation and expansion project will transform the facility by adding space and updating and expanding clinical areas, increasing classroom and student space, and upgrading dental research facilities. The college's general and specialty dental-care clinics receive about 150,000 patient visits each year.

The college broke ground for the construction project on April 23, 2010. Costs for the multi-year renovation project currently are estmated at $60 million, with at least $10 million of that to come from private gift support. The projected completion date for the project is summer 2015.

Noteworthy gifts for the campaign to date include $1.5 million from the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation, $1 million from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, and several gifts ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 from individual donors.

To learn more about the College of Dentistry's "Transformation for Tomorrow" campaign, visit http://www.uifoundation.org/dentistry/.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the foundation, visits its Web site at www.uifoundation.org.

09/10/10

Dr. Christopher Squier to be Invited Speaker at Dental Public Health Meeting in Constanta, Romania

Dr. Christopher Squier, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, and Dows, will be an invited speaker at the 15th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Dental Public Health (EADPH), the Romanian Association of Oro-Dental Public health (ARSPOD) and the faculty of dental medicine at "Ovidius" University of Constanta, Romania. The meeting will be held September 9-11, 2010. The theme of the meeting's scientific program will be challenges of the new decade in orodental health. Dr. Squier will be presenting "Oral Cancer -- So Much Research, So Little Progress -- Why?"

Katie Motz (D3) to Attend Hinman Research Symposium

Katie Motz (D3) will attend the Hinman Research Symposium in Memphis, Tennessee on October 29-31. She will present "In vitro Erosion Potential of Vitamin C Supplements."

The goal of her research was to determine whether vitamin C dietary supplements cause erosion of enamel. The data suggested that some, but not all, vitamin C supplements are erosive.

Co-authors on Katie's research are Dr. Teresa Marshall, Preventive & Community Dentistry; Jeffrey Harless, Dows; Maggie Hogan, Dows; Dr. Fang Qian, Biostatistics Unit; and Dr. James Wefel, director of the Dows Institute for Dental Research.

08/27/10

Dr. Chris Barwacz Receives Grant from the UI Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences

Dr. Chris Barwacz, post-doctoral clinical fellow and visiting assistant professor in the Dental Clinical Research Center, has received a $30,813 grant from the UI Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS). His research proposal is titled "Evaluation of Pro-inflammatory Mediators Around Titanium Dental Implant Abutments Following a Minimum of Six Months of Clinical Function." The goal of the research will be to provide comparative data for the quantification and characterization of pro-inflammatory mediators around zirconium dioxide abutments as compared to smooth surfaced titanium screw-retained implant restorations. The data obtained from this study will provide comparative data for the outcomes of the Astra "PROOF" trial currently underway in the Dental Clinical Research Center (DCRC), in which a computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufactured (CAM) zirconia abutment, created using a dental radicular anatomic look up for three dimensional root morphology, are being employed.

Dr. Barwacz will be principal investigator. Dr. Clark Stanford, associate dean for research; Dr. Kim Brogden, Department of Periodontics and Dows; and Dr. Deborah Dawson, Biostatistics and Research Design, will be co-investigators.

Ms. Penni Ryan Receives Certified Program Planner's Certification

Ms. Penni Ryan, director, Continuing Education and Alumni Affairs, recently received her certified program planner's certification from the Learning Resources Network (LERN). The certification process included an intense three-day workshop with two months of study preparation for a two-hour examination.

Penni has also been elected secretary of the Association of Continuing Dental Education and will serve as president in 2013.

08/10/10

Dr. Christopher Barwacz Wins First Place at Astra Tech PEERS Meeting

Dr. Christopher Barwacz, visiting assistant professor in the Center for Clinical Studies, won first place recently at the Astra Tech PEERS meeting in Boston. His research presentation, entitled, "Randomized Controlled Trial of Insertion Torque Relative to Implant Stability," won first place in the poster competition. Dr. Barwacz also made an oral presentation to the entire PEERS membership on Friday evening. He will receive full support to present at the March 2011 Academy of Osseointegration meeting in Washington, D.C.

College of Dentistry Receives $500,000 Gift Support from Dr. Donald C. Ostrus

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry recently received gift support totaling $500,000 from Dr. Donald C. Ostrus of Los Altos, CA. A current commitment of $250,000, made through the UI Foundation, will support Transformation for Tomorrow: the Campaign for the UI College of Dentistry Building.

In recognition of this Ostrus family gift, the prosthodontic clinic will be named the Ostrus Family Prosthodontic Clinic. The named area will be located in the 4th floor southeast clinic wing of the Dental Sciences Building after it has been renovated.

Dr. Donald Ostrus, who is a retired dentist, holds two degrees from the UI: a BA degree in liberal arts and dentistry (1948) and a DDS degree (1950).

Galen B. Schneider, DDS, PhD, head of the Department of Prosthodontics, thanked the Ostrus family for their continued support of both the College of Dentistry and the Department of Prosthodontics. He stated, "This generous gift will allow us to continue our departmental mission of providing excellence in patient care, teaching, and research for many future generations of dental students, residents, and faculty."

David C. Johnsen, DDS, the dean of the college, said, "We are extremely grateful for Don's lifelong dedication to the college and especially for this generous gift, which will help ensure that the college's new physical home will be state of the art."

Dr. Samir Bishara to Receive the 2010 Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service

Dr. Samir Bishara, Department of Orthodontics, has been selected as one of the 2010 recipients of the Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service. This award is given in recognition of the importance of faculty service to the quality of the University and honors members of our faculty who have made exceptionally effective contributions over several years or over the course of an entire career, to the University of its external constituencies.

The formal presentation of this award will be given at the Faculty and Staff Award Banquet on Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 6:00 pm, at the Levitt Center.

07/30/10

Dr. Samir Bishara Honored During the 2010 Annual Meeting of the ABO College of Diplomates

Dr. Samir Bishara, Department of Orthodontics, was honored during the recent 32nd Annual Meeting of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). The 2010 meeting was dedicated to Dr. Bishara "for his dedication and leadership to the College and the College Council" and additionally because "his guidance to the Council is immeasurable..."

Dr. Bishara has served as president of the ABO College of Diplomates (1992). He also received the College's Founders Award in 1997.

07/12/10

College of Dentistry Receives $100,000 Gift Commitment

UI College of Dentistry graduate, John Olmsted, and his wife, Frankie, of Greensboro, North Carolina, have committed $100,000 to support the college. To recognize the Olmsteds' generosity, the UI will establish the Olmsted Family Endodontic Faculty Suite in a new addition to the Dental Science Building.

"This building project represents a pivotal moment in the history of our college," said Dean David Johnsen. "Thanks to generous gifts from loyal alumni and friends like John and Frankie Olmsted, we can invest in the future of our college and in Iowans' improved oral health."

Costs for the multi-year renovation project currently are estimated at $60 million, with at least $10 of that to come from private support.

John Olmsted received his BS in 1972 and his DDS in 1975, both from Iowa. In 1977, he completed his MS degree in endodontics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Frankie Olmsted served as a dental lab technician at the UI College of Dentistry from 1972 to 1976. Dr. Olmsted is a past chairperson of the American Dental Association Annual Meeting and is also a past president of the American Association of Endodontists. John and Frankie Olmstead are members of the UI Presidents Club, which recognizes the University's most generous contributors.

07/02/10

Dr. Clark Stanford Selected as Member of UI 2010-2011 Class of CIC Academic Leadership Program

Dr. Clark Stanford, associate dean for research, has been selected as a member of the University of Iowa 2010- 2011 class of Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Academic Leadership Program (ALP) Fellows. Dr. Stanford is one of five University of Iowa faculty and faculty from other Big 10 schools and the University of Chicago who have been chosen for the class.

The ALP consists of three seminars hosted by different CIC universities. Academic Leadership Program Fellows may also be required to participate in on-campus activities throughout the academic year. The program is specifically oriented to address the challenges of academic administration at major research universities and to help faculty members prepare to meet them.

06/25/10

Dr. Karin Weber-Gasparoni Receives Collegiate Teaching Award

Dr. Karin Weber-Gasparoni, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, is one of eighteen University of Iowa faculty members who have received the Collegiate Teaching Award for the 2009-10 academic year. The awards represent the highest honor a college bestows on its faculty for excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching.

Dr. Weber-Gasparoni is co-director of the pediatric dentistry course for second-year dental students. She continually modifies and improves the course in response to student feedback. She also started and now directs the Infant Oral Health Program at the Johnson County Department of Public Health Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Clinic. This program is one of the first in the country to offer dental students and pediatric dentistry residents opportunities to examine and treat infants and toddlers. She has mentored numerous research projects for students and residents and has served as director or committee member on post-graduate theses.

06/10/10

Dr. Teresa Marshall to Become First Director of Experiential Learning

Beginning July 1, 2010, Professor Teresa Marshall, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, will be the College of Dentistry's first director of experiential learning. To adapt to the rapid changes in dentistry, this position is natural extension of current growing activities in critical thinking, evidence-based dentistry and patient assessment and treatment planning. As director, Dr. Marshall will be a resource and facilitator for faculty and College of Dentistry groups with missions of improving learning and critical thinking. Her activities will build on the strong foundation of first-year programs to increase integration with the growing network of similar activities through the four years. Many of our faculty members already work with Professor Marshall, and this will offer an exciting opportunity to better coordinate the network of student learning.

Dr. Robert Schneider and Mr. Danny Roberts Give Invited Lecture at the 1st Annual Spectrum Dialogue Day

Dr. Robert Schneider, Department of Prosthodontics (Hospital Dentistry) and technician, Mr. Danny Roberts, CDT, gave an invited lecture at the 1st Annual Spectrum Dialogue Day in Boston on June 4, 2010. Their lecture was entitled "Fabricating Implant Supported and Retained Prostheses Utilizing Titanium Laser Assembled and CAD/CAM Techniques: the Team Treatment Planning Approach."

The meet was well attended by technicians and dentists from the northeast US and Canada.

06/04/10

Dr. Joel Khoo Wins 2010 APS Table Clinics Competition

Dr. Joel Khoo, a resident in the Department of Prosthodontics, recently won first place for the American Prosthodontic Society 2010 table clinics competition (graduate student). The name of Dr. Khoo's presentation was "An Esthetic Acrylic Occlusal Overlay to Assess Vertical Dimension: a Case Report." Dr. Peter Lund, Department of Prosthodontics, was his mentor.

Dr. Khoo received his award during the recent 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Prosthodontic Society, which was held in Chicago, Illinois.

Senior Dental Students Attend 20th Annual Multicultural Graduate and Recognition Banquet

The University of Iowa hosted the 20th Annual Multicultural Graduation and Recognition Banquet May 13 in the Iowa Memorial Union Lounge. The annual event honors the academic and leadership accomplishments of graduating students of color who have exemplified, promoted or contributed to cultural, racial or ethnic diversity./

 

At the banquet, each UI college recognizes minority students who are receiving professional, graduate and undergraduate degrees with Deans' Awards. Sever fourth-year dental students attended the banquet: Scott Bower, Diana Choi, Asana Mohamad, Robert Moreno, Diana Ozuna, and Nathifa Smith. Will McBride was honored with the Dean's Award but was unable to attend the banquet because of his rotation in Maine.

Dr. Christopher Squier's Article Receives International Attention

An article authored by Dr. Christopher Squier (Dows and OPRM), Mary Mantz (Dows), and Dr. Philip Wertz (Dows and OPRM), has just been published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research. The journal is published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.

Their article, "Effect of Menthol on the Penetration of Tobacco Carcinogens and Nicotine Across Porcine Oral Mucosa Ex Vivo," discusses the results of their research study, which found that even thirty minutes of menthol exposure "significantly increased" penetration of nicotine through the mouth.

As a result of the publication, the Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Australia has issued a press release that includes a comment by Anne Jones, chief executive of ASH: "The tobacco industry has portrayed menthol as a harmless flavouring agent -- this study shows it's much more than that."/

 

05/14/10

Dr. David Drake Completes Academic Leadership Program

Dr. David Drake, Department of Endodontics and Dows, has just completed the one-year Academic Leadership Program, which is offered by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). Dr. Drake was one of five University of Iowa faculty who were chosen to join the 2009-2010 class of CIC Academic Leadership Program (ALP) Fellows. Faculty from other Big 10 schools, as well as from the University of Chicago, are chosen to join each class.

The ALP consists of three seminars hosted by different CIC universities. ALP Fellows may also be required to participate in on-campus activities throughout the academic year. Dr. Drake attended seminars at Michigan State University, the University of Illinois at Champaign, and Purdue University.

The program is specifically oriented to address the challenges of academic administration at major research universities and to help faculty members prepare to meet them.

Dr. Drake served as president of the UI Faculty senate during 2009-2010. Prior to that, he also served one year as president elect. For this third and final year, he will serve as past president and senior advisor to the new president of the UI Faculty Senate.

05/12/10

Dr. Robert Schneider an Invited Speak at the ITI World Symposium

Dr. Robert Schneider, Department of Prosthodontics (Hospital Dentistry), and his wife, Mary Ann, recently returned from the International Team for Implantology (ITI) World Symposium. The meeting was held in Geneva, Switzerland, and marked the 30th anniversary of the ITI. Dr. Schneider was an invited speaker; his presentation was titled "Prosthetic Reconstruction of the Resected Mandible." During his talk, Dr. Schneider focused on CAD/CAM and titanium laser assembled implant prosthetics for the partially and totally resected mandible.

05/06/10

Dr. Supitcha Talungchit is 2010 Recipient of the Carl Svare Graduate Research Award

Dr. Supitcha Talungchit, a UI PhD candidate in oral science with a biomedical emphasis, is the 2010 recipient of the Carl Svare Graduate Research Award, a monetary award that recognizes the graduate student who has conducted outstanding research in the field of dental materials.

Dr. Carl W. Svare received his DDS from the University of Minnesota in 1964 and also earned a doctorate in material science from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the UI College of Dentistry faculty in 1969 and was a professor in fixed prosthodontics until his death in 1986.

Julie Reynolds (D3), Andrea Schmidt (D4) and Cathy Skotowski Receive the IDA Honor Clinic Award

On May 1, 2010, Ms. Julie Reynolds (D3) and Ms. Andrea Schmidt (D4) received the IDA Honor Clinic Award for their table clinic entitled "Healthy Smiles for Young Children: an Educational Resource." Representing IASDA (Iowa branch of the American Student Dental Association), the two applied for and received funding from the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation to produce and distribute the second edition of an educational flip chart developed by Dr. Karin Weber-Gasparoni, Department of Pediatric Dentistry. At their table clinic, Ms. Reynolds and Ms. Schmidt reviewed highlights of the flip chart as an educational resource and distributed nearly 400 copies to dentists, dental assistants and dental hygienists.

Ms. Cathy Skotowski, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, also received the IDA Honor Clinic Award for her table clinic entitled "Pediatric Oral Health Resources on the University of Iowa College of Dentistry Website." Her table clinic featured the educational videos and fact sheets that can be accessed on the Department of Pediatric Dentistry's Web site.

04/29/10

College of Dentistry Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony

A groundbreaking ceremony was held April 23, 2010, for the College of Dentistry's building transformation project, which will adapt and expand the dental college facilities. The ceremony was moved indoors because of inclement weather.

The project will include a 33,424 sq. ft. addition with an ADA-compliant entry, additional clinical space for geriatrics and special needs patients, a Center for Clinical Excellence that includes a multidisciplinary/clinical research area, and study rooms for case-based learning (Phase I). Complete renovation of all 92,785 sq. ft. of the current clinics will then be accomplished to maintain the College of Dentistry's world-class educational and patient care programs serving Iowa (Phase II). The total estimated cost of the building transformation project is $60 million.

Dr. William Johnson Becomes President Elect of AAE

Drs. Georgia Johnson, head of the Department of Periodontics, and William Johnson, head of the Department of Endodontics, attended the recent American Association of Endodontists (AAE) Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. During the meeting, Dr. William Johnson became president elect of the AAE for 2010. He will become president of the AAE in 2011.

College of Dentistry Holds 2010 Dean's Student Leaders Recognition Dinner

The 2010 College of Dentistry Recognition Dinner for the Dean's Student Leaders was held April 21, 2010, at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Coralville. There were 73 attendees, including students, faculty and staff. Thirty-nine awards were given to dental student -- (Freshman dental class): Paul Haufe, Joseph Kelly, Brian Smith, John Syrbu, Ryan Teahen; (Sophomore dental class): Abbey Ackermann, Andrew Beer, Kyle Burgmeier, Chris DeLong, Kristopher Hasstedt, Kelly Huston, Sandra Imoehl, Celia Mimms, Michelle Nys; (Junior dental class): Melissa Brown, Michael Buck, Noemi Cruz-Orcutt, Jessica Flanigan, Allison Fuller, Carole Gleich, Majd Haddad, Bailey Hammerberg, Thomas Heindenreich, Gigi Nelson, Philip Pattee, Jordan Poss, Julie Reynolds, Sean Sherry, Ryan Walsh, Treagan White; (Senior dental class): Scott Anderson, Whitney Dunn, Christi Larson, Will McBride, Asana Mohamad, Diana Ozuna, Merideth Smith, Karl Swenson, Karla Thole-Bechtold.

The following senior dental students were honored with having received the Dean's Student Leaders Award for four years: Scott Anderson, Christi Larson, Asana Mohamad, Diana Ozuna, and Karl Swenson.

Dr. Philip Wertz Attends Two Seminars in New Jersey

Dr. Philip Wertz, Department of OPRM, and Dows, attended two meetings recently. On April 21, 2010, Dr. Wertz attended the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists. The one-day meeting was held at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, New Jersey. The theme of the spring seminar was "Nanotechnology--the Good, the Frightful, and the Mysterious." Dr. Wertz, who was one of the scheduled speakers, presented "Pathways Across the Stratum Corneum--Compositions and Dimensions."

Other speakers included John Crowley, whose two children were diagnosed with Pompe Disease, a severe neuromuscular disorder. His struggled to find a cure was recently made into a film, Extraordinary Measures. Crowley presented "Utilizing Nanotechnology in Drug Development-- a Personal Story."

On April 22, 2010, Dr. Wertz was the featured speaker at another one-day seminar that was held at Rutgers University. The meeting was sponsored by the New Jersey Controlled Release Society Student Chapter and the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials. Dr. Wertz presented "Lipids and the Permeability Barrier of Skin."

Additionally, Dr. Wertz met with a co-author to discuss their collaborative efforts on an in-process book featuring innate immunity of the skin and oral mucosa.

04/15/10

Midwest Regional Student Research Held at the College of Dentistry April 10, 2010

The Midwest Regional Student Research Conference was held at the UI College of Dentistry on April 10, 2010. There were 48 student presenters from the University of Colorado, Denver; University of Minnesota; University of Illinois, Chicago; University of Missouri, Kansas City; Manitoba; and the University of Iowa who had 22 student presenters.

Other attendees included Dr. Phillip Marucha, University of Illinois-Chicago; Drs. Joel Rudney, Sven Gorr, and Dean Patrick Lloyd, University of Minnesota; Dean David Johnsen; Dr. Clark Stanford, associate dean for research; Dr. John Keller, dean of the UI Graduate College; Dr. James Wefel, director of the Dows Institute for Dental Research; Dr. Christopher Squier, director of the Oral Sciences Training Program; Dr. John Warren, director of the UI College of Dentistry's Student Research Program; Dr. Teresa Marshall, faculty advisor for the UI College of Dentistry Student Research Group; and Deborah Dietrich (D3), present of the UI College of Dentisstry Student Research Group.

The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Clark Stanford. Introductions for the event were given by Deborah Dietrich, Dr. Teresa Marshall, Dean David Johnsen, Dr. Stanford, Dr. John Keller, Dr. James Wefel, Dr. Christopher Squier, and Dr. John Warren.

A tour of the Oral B plant in Iowa City was given during the day. The banquet reception was held at the One Twenty Six Restaurant in downtown Iowa City.

The meeting was organized by the Student Research Group; the following members helped organize the conference: Jordan Poss, vice president; Noemi Cruz-Orcutt, treasurer; Karla Thole-Bechtold, secretary; Lindsey Pingel, D4 class representative; Jessica Flanigan, D3 class representative; Sandra Imoehl, D2 class representative; Karl Kohlgraf, D2 class representative; and Joe Kelly, D1 class representative.

04/09/10

Dr. Ronald Ettinger Receives SCD Presidential Citation

Dr. Ronald Ettinger, Department of Prosthodontics and the Dows Institute for Dental Research, was one of five awardees who received the Presidential Citation during the recent 22nd Annual Meeting on Special Care Dentistry (SCD). Dr. Ettinger was honored because of his dedication to patients with special needs and to the Special Care Dentistry Association.

Dr. Ettinger has been editor of the SCD journal, Special Care in Dentistry since 1995.

03/31/10

Colleen Kummet Receives a Jakobsen Graduate Conference Award

Colleen Kummet, a biostatistician at the College of Dentistry, won third place in the Health Sciences division at the 12th Annual James F. Jakobsen Graduate Conference, which was held March 27, 2010, at the Iowa Memorial Union. Colleen's presentation was "Gender and Age OHQoL (Oral Health Quality of Life) Differences in Children with Ectodermal Dysplasias, Ages 6-19 Years." Analysis revealed that gender and age differences exist in the OHQoL of children affected with ectodermal dysplasias (ED), particularly with respect to emotional well-being. Children with ED were found to have lower OHQoL than children in other dental populations, including severe malocclusion and extensive caries experience. Caregivers of children with ED reported significantly higher OHQoL scores than did their affected children. Child-caregiver agreement was found to be slight; correlations of total OHQoL scores were modest, but increased with age.

Project collaborators included Dr. Clark Stanford, associate dean for research; Dr. Deborah Dawson, director of the Biostatistics Unit; Cindy Asmussen, Dows research assistant; and Dr. Richie Kohli, dental public health graduate ('09).

Dr. Susan McKernan to Receive Leverett Award

Dr. Susan McKernan, doctoral candidate in the oral science program, was awarded second place for the Leverett Graduate Student Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dental Public Health. Her poster, "Design and Development of a Dentist Workforce Model for Use in State Planning," was co-authored by Dr. Raymond Kuthy, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry; Dr. Elizabeth Momany, Public Policy Center; Dr. Michelle McQuistan, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry; and Dr. Fang Qian, Biostatistics Unit. She will receive a cash award and additional cash to help offset her travel costs to the National Oral Health Conference (NOHC). Additionally, Dr. McKernan will receive a complimentary registration for the conference, a plaque, and a one-year subscription for Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Dr. McKernan will be recognized and presented with the award during the American Association of Public health Dentistry Student Chapter Meeting during the NOH conference in April.

UK Publication Features Research Study of Jordan Poss (D3)

A poster presented by Jordan Poss (D3) during the recent Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) caught the eye of the managing editor of the British journal publication, Preventive Dentistry, which is read by dental hygienists and other dental professionals. The journal currently features an article about Jordan's research, "Video Gaming Teenagers: an Examination of Diet and Caries." His study examined adolescents between the ages of 12 and 16 who were considered "gamer addicts." Jordan found that these teens were more apt to eat food and snacks with high amounts of sugar, which could result in increased dental decay and caries. Jordan's research is being featured on two Web sites: (http://www.preventivedentistry.co.uk) and (http://www.dentistry.co.uk).

Co-authors on his research included Dr. Teresa Marshall, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry; Dr. Fang Qian, Biostatistics Unit; Dr. Karin Weber-Gasparoni, Department of Pediatric Dentistry; and Cathy Skotowski, Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Marshall is Jordan's mentor.

03/18/10

Senator Tom Harkin Receives Honorary Membership to the AADR

Senator Tom Harkin received an honorary membership to the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) during the association's recent annual meeting, which was held in Washington, D.C.

Senator Harkin received his honorary membership plaque from Dean David Johnsen and Harkin's 1996 campaign chair, Sheila Riggs, a 1986 Iowa DDS graduate, who is a faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Senator Grassley Attends UI Interdisciplinary Health Science Forum

Senator Charles Grassley recently attended the Interdisciplinary Health Science Forum, which was sponsored by the Executive Council for Graduate and Professional Studies (ECGPS). The goal of the event was to promote the importance and impact of healthcare reform on all health science students. The ECGPS invited Senator Grassley to address the topics of financing graduate education and retaining healthcare professionals in Iowa.

Ryan Walsh (D3) and Lyndsay Harshman, president of Medical Student Government, organized the event.

Dean Johnsen Accepts the Jack Hein Public Service Award

Dean David Johnsen Accepted the Jack Hein Public Service Award from Grayson "Bill" Marshall, president of the American Association for Dental Research (ADDR) during the opening ceremonies of the 39th Annual Meeting of the AADR, which was held recently in Washington, D.C.

The award honors AADR members who have given exemplary service in the area of public affairs by consistently promoting the interests and activities of oral health research.

03/16/10

Julie Coyne (D2) Finalist in 2010 DENTSPLY/Caulk Competition

Julie Coyne (D2) was a finalist in the prestigious 2010 DENTSPLY/Caulk Competition, which was held during the resent AADR Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Julie was one of eight finalists who competed in the Basic Science category. A student panel of judges listened to Julie's ten-minute presentation, "The Role of Extracellular DNA Streptococcus mutans biofilms.

Dr. Jeffrey Banas, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, and Dows, was co-author of Julie's research; he is also Julie's mentor.

03/12/10

Drs. Ronald Ettinger and Daniel Caplan Attend NIDCR/CDC Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Ronald Ettinger, Department of Prosthodontics, and Dows, and Dr. Daniel Caplan, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, were invited to a meeting organized by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Discussion at the meeting focused on exploring ways to enhance the ability of national oral health surveillance data systems to assess the magnitude and severity of oral, dental, and and craniofacial diseases and conditions. Participants also identified the changing disease patterns, trends and oral health needs in the U.S.

The meeting was held March 2, 2010, in Washington, D.C., prior to the "Epi Forum" at the annual meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR).

03/05/10

Dr. Karl Kohlgraf Receives Award at 41st Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum

Dr. Karl Kohlgraf (D2) recently attended the 41st Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum in Omaha, Nebraska, which was held February 20, 2010. His presentation, "HBD3-induced murine cytokine responses to Porphyromonas gingivalis and rHagB," won second place in the oral presentation. Dr. Kohlgraf received a cash award and a certificate. Co-authors on his research were Katie Yohnke (UI senior undergraduate); Drs. Myriam Belanger and Progulske-Fox (University of Florida); and Dr. Kim Brogden, Department of Periodontics, and Dows, who is Dr. Kohlgraf's mentor.

Dr. Kohlgraf has been working with Dr. Brogden to assess the chemokine and cytokine responses of mice to Porphyromonas gingivalis hemagglutin B. With help from fellow student, Katie Yohnke, and colleagues, Drs. Belanger and Progulske-Fox, Dr. Kohlgraf has been able to show that human beta defensin 3, given to mice independently, can alter the pro-inflammatory cytokin response induced by administration of hemagglutin B. Dr. Kohlgraf's work continues to determine if this finding will provide new therapeutic avenues for the prevention or treatment of oral inflammatory responses.

Dr. Jonathan Crawford Wins Michael Fuller Award

Dr. Jonathan Crawford, resident in the Department of Endodontics, was given the Michael Fuller Award by the Iowa Association of Endodontists (IAE) for his poster, "General Dentists' Referral to Endodontists." Co-authors on his poster included Dr. Anne Williamson, Department of Endodontics, and Dr. Michelle McQuistan, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry. Both faculty are Dr. Crawford's mentors.

02/23/10

Dr. Raquel Jham is a finalist for the AAPD Graduate Student Research Award

Dr. Raquel Jham, a resident in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, has been chosen as a finalist for the Graduate Student Research Award (GSRA), which is financially supported by Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children. The Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Committee on Scientific Affairs selects eight finalists who will present their research at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD). Each finalist receives a complimentary registration for the meeting, reimbursement for travel expenses, as well as a cash award and plaque. A matching cash award is given to each finalist's training program.

There were 38 applicants this year, including Dr. Jham. Graduate students are selected based on research proposals they submit. The GRSA finalists will be judged on presentation and research and the winner will receive the Ralph E. McDonald Award during the upcoming 63rd Annual Session of the AAPD.

2/19/10

Successful 57th Annual Meeting of the Iowa Section of AADR

The 57th Annual Meeting of the Iowa Section of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) was held on February 9, 2010, at the College of Dentistry.

The Local Research Day guest speaker was Leslie Winston, DDS (Iowa '88), PhD, who is director, North America Professional and Scientific Relations, Procter and Gamble Professional Oral Health. Dr. Winston presented "Learning to Collaborate." Her talk focused on the importance of collaboration, the increasing emphasis on translational research in the laboratory, and the skills needed to make laboratory research relevant to daily patient care through collaboration.

The Local AADR Research Day reception and awards banquet was held on February 9, 2010, at the Coralville Holiday Inn. Approximately 125 people attended.

Dr. Richard Burton Nominated for AAOMS Directorship

Dr. Richard Burton, professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, has been elected by his peer examiners as one of three nominees for the directorship of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS). The election will be held during the 92nd AAOMS Annual Meeting, which will be held in Chicago September 27-October 2, 2010.

Dr. Gerald Denehy Attends Five-Day Intensive Composite Resin Course in Curitiba, Brazil

Dr. Gerald Denehy, head, Department of Operative Dentistry, spent five days in Curitiba, Brazil, helping with an intensive composite resin course, "Mastering Composite Artistry, Creating Restorative Masterpieces." The five-day course was taught by Dr. Newton Fahl (MS, operative dentistry, '89), who is considered one of the top direct resin clinicians in the world. Dr. Fahl has a teaching institute in Curitiba and his classes, which are conducted both in English and Portuguese, involve hands-on training in direct resins.

The recent five-day class had attendees from around the world, including Dubai, Ireland, Sweden, Japan, Portugal, Spain, columbia, and the United States. Of the class attendees, three were University of Iowa College of Dentistry graduates: Dr. Carlos Sanchez and his wife, Dr. Farzaneh Keshmiri Sanchez (both '91), from North Carolina, and Nicole Weatherington Anderson ('98), from Madison, Wisconsin.

Dr. John Casko Receives the Orthodontic Legend Award

During the recent annual meeting of the Southern Association of Orthodontists, Dr. John Casko, Department of Orthodontics, received the Orthodontic Legend Award in recognition of his extraordinary achievements in orthodontic education through teaching, research, and publishing.

Dr. Casko is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He is editor of Practical Reviews in Orthodontics and has published numerous articles. In 2006, he was named the Jarabek Scholar in Orthodontics by the University of Indiana, and in 2005, Dr. Casko gave the Heritage Lecture at the annual meeting of the American Association of Orthodontists.

He has also served as president of the American Board of Orthodontics and also the Midwest Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists.

2/04/10

Dean David Johnsen to Receive the AADR Jack Hein Public Service Award

Dean David Johnsen has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Jack Hein Public Service Award. Dean Johnsen will receive the award on March 3, 2010, during the opening ceremonies of the 39th annual meeting of the AADR.

The AADR established this award to honor those AADR members who have given exemplary service in the area of public affairs by consistently promoting the interests and activities of oral health research in a wide constituency. The recipient is selected by the AADR Jack Hein Public Service Award Committee and approved by the AADR Board of Directors. A recognition plaque is presented to the recipient.

In 1998, Dr. Christopher Squier, Dows, and OPRM, then associate dean for research and graduate studies, received the award.

Dr. Ronald Ettinger to Receive the 2010 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Research ink Prosthodontics and Implants

 

Dr. Ronald Ettinger, Department of Prosthodontics and Dows, was selected as the 2010 recipient of the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Research in Prosthodontics and Implants.

The award will be presented at the upcoming 2010 meeting of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) in Barcelona, Spain. This award was established to encourage and recognize outstanding research accomplishments in the field of prosthodontics and implantology.

 

Dr. Rebecca Slayton Elected to Participate in the ADEA Leadership Institute

Dr. Rebecca Slayton, head, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, was elected to participate in the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute.

The ADEA Leadership Institute is a year-long program that develops the nation's most promising individuals at academic dental institutions to become future leaders in dental and higher education.

Current faculty who have previously participated in the ADEA Leadership Institute include Dr. Galen Schneider, head, Department of Prosthodontics (2010); Dr. David Holmes, head, Department of Family Dentistry (2007); Dr. Clark Stanford, associate dean for research (2006); Dr. Georgia Johnson, head, Department of Periodontics (2005 and 1999); Dr. Michael Kanellis, associate dean for patient care (2000); and Dr. Jed Hand, executive associate dean (1998).

Dr. Deborah Dawson and Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research to Offer Workshop in Clinical Research

Dr. Deborah Dawson, director of the Biostatistics Unit, and the Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research, will be offering a two-and-a-half day workshop in clincial research, in collaboration with the 2010 ADDR meeting. The workshop will be held on March 1-3 at the Renaissance Washington Hotel (the AADR Headquarters Hotel) in Washington, D.C.

The goal of this workshop is to provide an overview of clincial research for dental faculty and industry employees. Specific topics will include clinical research design; IRB, good clinical practice, and ethical issues; FDA regulations; day-to-day operations and management of clinical research; fundamentals of data management and statistical analysis; publication of results; identifying NIH and industry research funding opportunities; and training opportunities in clinical research.

The Task Force on Design and and Analysis in Oral Health Research is a non-profit "think tank" supported by industry and composed of academic, industry and government researchers.

Dr. James Wefel to Receive the 2010 IADR E.W. Borrow Memorial Award

Dr. James Wefel, director of the Dows Institute, and professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, has been selected to receive the 2010 International Association for Dental Research (IADR) E.W. Borrow Memorial Award for caries-related research. The award is supported by the Johnson & Johnson Oral Health Products Division and recognizes "outstanding and innovative achievements that have contributed to the basic understanding of caries etiology and/or to the prevention of dental caries."

Dr. Wefel will receive the award during the upcoming 2010 IADR annual meeting, which will be held in Barcelona, Spain.

1/21/10

Majd Haddad Co-Author of Article Published in Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Majd Haddad (D3) is co-author of an article, "New arthroscopic disc repositioning and suturing technique for treating internal derangement of the temporomandibular joint: part II - magnetic resonance imaging evaluation." The article is a result of his clinical research internship in Shanghai, China, through the Iowa Biosciences Advantage program at The University of Iowa.

Poster for Upcoming Jakobsen Conference Promotes Lindsey Pingel's 2009 Award

In 2009, Lindsey Pingel (D4) participated in the James F. Jakobsen Conference and received third place honors in the biological & Health Sciences category. More than 125 graduate students competed for this prestigious award. The Jakobsen Conference provides an excellent opportunity to showcase the research of graduate students who can gain presentation experience without travel or registration expenses. Submissions are due February 1, 2010. Details can be found at http://gss.grad.uiowa.edu/jakobsen-conference.

1/15/10

Dr. Philip Wertz Attends Meeting Sponsored by the European Space Agency

Dr. Philip Wertz, OPRM and Dows, recently attended a meeting sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA), which was held at the European Science Foundation (ESF) on December 7, 2009, in Strasbourg, France.

The topic of the ESA Space Sciences Unit panel meeting was "Crew Health Care." The panel reviewed two types of proposals related to astronaut health at the International Space Station (ISS). The first proposal type does not seek funding but instead requests access to the ISS and its crew, so experiments can be conducted. The second proposal type seeks funding, and sometimes access, to ESA facilities. Typically, out of nearly 200 proposals requesting experiments on the ISS, only one is likely to be allowed.

Of the 14 proposals presented at the meeting, only one was approved. Dr. Wertz was the primary reviewer of a three-person panel who successfully advocated that this proposal be approved. The proposal's goal involves taking non-invasive physiological skin measurements on one or more astronauts before, during and after space launch. Measurements will evaluate skin hydration and roughness while in space. Astronauts will be recruited but the experiment will not be compulsory.

Dr. Karl Kohlgraf Publishes Two Articles in Future Microbiology

Dr. Karl Kohlgraf (D2) has been working with mentor, Dr. Kim A. Brogden, Periodontics and Dows, to assess the chemokine and cytokine responses of mice to Porphyromonas gingivalis hemagglutin B. With help from fellow College of Dentistry students, Abbey Ackermann (D2), Lindsey Pingel (D4), and Debbie Dietrich (D3); colleagues from the University of Florida, Gainesville (Dr. Myriam Belanger and Dr. Ann Progulske-Fox); the School of Dentistry, Meharry Medical College, Nashville (Dr. Hua Xie); and The University of Iowa (Xiaoying Lu, Kindra Burnell, and Dr. Joseph Cavanaugh), Dr. Kohlgraf has been able to show that small salivary molecules like human B-defensin 3 (HBD3) can suppress a pro-inflammatory cytokine response induced by administration of hemagglutin B. Dr. Kohlgraf's work continues to determine if this finding will provide new therapeutic avenues for prevention or treatment of inflammatory responses related to oral infections.

Dr. Kohlgraf published the two articles in the January 2010 issue of Future Microbiology.