Dr. Liu Hong, Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research, and Department of Prosthodontics, and Associate Dean for Research Brad A. Amendt, have each received a 2016 Inventor Award from the UI Research Foundation. They received the award in recognition of their innovations over the years and their work with NaturemiRI, LLC.
Dr. Hong received the award for his patent, "MicroRNA-200a Based Approaches for Modulating Bone Formation Inhibition and Bone Regeneration."
Dr. Amendt received the award for his patent, "A Plasmid-Based microRNA Inhibitor System."
Dr. Brian Howe, Department of Family Dentistry, received the William J. Gies Award in Clinical Research during the recent annual meeting of the International/American Association for Dental Research.
The William J. Gies Award is given to the best paper published in the Journal of Dental Research during the preceding year in the areas of biological, biomaterials and bioengineering, and clinical research. Dr. Howe received the award for his first published paper, “Spectrum of Dental Phenotypes in Nonsyndromic Orofacial Clefting.”
Wenjie Yu (pictured with his mentor, Dr. Brad A. Amendt, and Dean David Johnsen), a PhD candidate in Associate Dean for Research Brad A. Amendt's lab, received the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Bernard Sarnat Award in Craniofacial Biology, senior division.
Wenjie Yu, a PhD candidate in Associate Dean for Research Brad A. Amendt's lab, received the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Bernard Sarnat Award in Craniofacial Biology, senior division.
Dr. Bernard G. Sarnat made pioneering contributions to the understanding of craniofacial development and the causes of facial deformities.
Wenjie presented "Pitx2 Controls DESC Proliferation and Differentiation by Targeting the Dental Epithelial Signaling Center" during the annual AADR/IADR meeting, which was held recently in San Francisco, Calif.Co-authors included Z. Sun, S. Eliason, and Dr. Amendt, who is Wenjie's mentor.
Dr. Gustavo Avila-Ortiz, associate professor in the Department of Periodontics, has received an $82,500 research grant from Osteogenics Biomedical, Inc. (Lubbock, Texas) to conduct a study entitled, "Clinical, Radiographic and Histologic Evaluation of a Novel Alveolar Ridge Reconstruction Approach in Post-Extraction Dehiscence Defects: A Case Series Study." This study will evaluate the treatment of severe dihiscence defects in extraction sockets using a minimally-invasive guided bone regeneration (GBR) technique that involves the application of a particulate bone allograft and a non-resorbable polyetrafluoroesthylene (PTFE) membrane.
Dr. Marian Antonious, a second-year resident in the Department of Periodontics, will participate in this study as co-investigator. She will use the results of this project to complete the requirements related to her M.S. degree in 2018.
Other co-investigators include Dr. Georgia Johnson, DEO, Department of Periodontics; Dr. Chris Barwacz, Department of Family Dentistry, and Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research; and Dr. Veeratrishul Allareddy, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine.
This study is currently ongoing and is actively recruiting patients; Mr. Richard Barwacz, Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research, is the study coordinator.
Dr. Matthew Geneser has received the James H. McLeran Faculty Award. A faculty in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry since 2011, Geneser works with the residents and predoctoral students as a teacher, mentor, and as the pediatric dentistry graduate program director, a position he assumed in 2012.
In 2012, Dr. Geneser also became director of the newly established Nasoalveolar Molding Clinic at the Center for Disabilities and Development, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Nasoalveolar molding (NAM) is a form of pre-surgical molding designed to reduce the size of a child's cleft and improve the anatomy of the soft tissues and also the nasal artilage before surgery. This procedure is offered to families whose infant has a complete cleft of the alveolus and the lip.
Soon after birth, an impression is made of the baby's upper jaw. After the device is custom made, it is taped to the baby's cheeks and worn 24 hours a day. Children are still able to feed with a bottle while the device is worn; most tolerate it well. Every one to two weeks, the NAM appliance is modified, putting pressure on the tissues to promote hard and soft tissue changes and reducing the severity of the cleft. The appliance is worn continually until the baby's first surgery, usually around six months of age. Dr. Geneser works closely with the craniofacial team, which includes an orthodontist, oral surgeon, otolaryngologist, audiologist, speech pathologist, and plastic surgeon, among others. Dr. Geneser's clinic has so far treated twenty-six children with cleft lip and palate.
Dr. Geneser is currently serving as a consultant with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's (AAPD) Scientific Program Committee as a site examiner for the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), and as a consultant and board examiner for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD). He also serves as the AAPD's public policy advocate for the state of Iowa.
The College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics acknowledged Dr. Geneser's dedication and commitment to his patients, students, and profession by presenting him with the 2016 James H. McLeran Award.
Dr. Lina Moreno-Uribe, Department of Orthodontics and Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research, has received the Ross D. Christensen Family Professorship in Orthodontics.
Dr. Moreno received her DDS in 1991 from the Instituto de Ciencias de la Salud CES in Medellin, Colombia. In 1995, she received a certificate in orthodontics from the Unviersidad de Antiquia Medellin. She came to Iowa to do research and advance her understanding and knowledge about the genetics underlying oral clefts.
In 2005, Dr. Moreno received a PhD in oral science from the College of Dentistry, followed by a certificate in orthodontics.
She joined the Department of Orthododontics in 2008 as an assistant professor and became an associate professor in 2016.
The endowment will enable her to continue with her scientific work in the genetics of clefting and dentofacial anomalies.
Her memberships include the American Association of Orthodontics, the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, the American Society for Human Genetics, and the American Dental Association.