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12th Annual Dental Research Updates from the U of M

12th Annual Dental Research Updates from the U of M

Friday, March 4, 2016

Do you know…
…how oral health affects overall health?
…that the role of sugars in dental caries is getting another look?
…where dental therapists are practicing in Minnesota?
…that 3D and functional imaging is being applied to dentistry?
…how clinical research studies are planned and carried out?

This information and more will be shared by dental scientists during the 2016 Research Day program. You will enjoy concise presentations on a variety of topics, and poster presentations that showcase exciting research being conducted by faculty and student researchers at the University of Minnesota. In addition, you’ll see how dental students use critically appraised topics to develop an evidence-based treatment plan. You will benefit from this opportunity for learning, networking, and obtaining professional development credits at no fee, compliments of the School of Dentistry.


During this continuing dental education program, you will discover how to apply knowledge related to:

  • the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes.
  • the effects of sugar consumption on oral microbial communities.
  • the dental therapist’s role in dental practice and their impact on access to care.
  • an upcoming low-dose, high-resolution 3D imaging modality for dentistry.
  • sensory testing and brain imaging used to measure pain perception in chronic orofacial pain disorders.
  • evaluating clinical research studies.
Who Should Attend

Dentists and dental team members interested in learning how cutting edge research being performed at the University of Minnesota is shaping the future of dentistry.

Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures, panel discussions, poster presentations.

Keynote Speaker

Ira B. Lamster, D.D.S., M.M.Sc., Dean Emeritus, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, and Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Lamster received his dental degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, his master of medical science degree from Harvard University and a Certificate of Special Training in Periodontology from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. His research efforts have focused on diagnostic testing and risk assessment for periodontal disease, the interrelationship of periodontal disease and systemic disease, the oral health care needs of older adults and the future of dental education and practice. Dr. Lamster is the author of more than 180 manuscripts and book chapters.

University of Minnesota Faculty

Christine M. Blue, D.H.Sc., M.S., B.S.D.H., Associate Professor and Director, Division of Dental Hygiene, Department of Primary Dental Care, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota.

Laurence R. Gaalaas, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Assistant Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Division of Oral Medicine, Diagnosis and Radiology, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Patricia A. Lenton, B.S.D.H., M.A., C.C.R.P., Director, Oral Health Research Center, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Estephan J. Moana-Filho, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of TMD and Orofacial Pain, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Joel D. Rudney, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Research and Professor, Division of Basic Sciences, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

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