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11th Annual Dental Research Updates from the U of M

11th Annual Dental Research Updates from the U of M

Friday, February 27, 2015

Do you know that…
…our health and well-being may depend on the microbes that live in our bodies?
…the School of Dentistry is addressing the oral health challenges facing rural communities?
…new biocompatible implant coatings may address peri-implant infection?

This information and more will be shared by dental scientists during the 2015 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 students 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 no-fee opportunity for learning, networking, and obtaining professional development credits, compliments of the School of Dentistry.


You will discover how to apply knowledge related to:

  • microbial communities in our bodies that affect health and well-being.
  • pediatric dental research that impacts clinical practice today and in the future.
  • risk factors for developing pain following root canal treatment.
  • antimicrobial peptide coatings for preventing peri-implant infection.
  • inflammation and its role in pain.
  • key factors that are changing the face of rural dentistry.
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

Dan Knights, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Biotechnology Institute at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Knights received his B.A. from Middlebury College, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, all in Computer Science, with a certificate in Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology from the University of Colorado BioFrontiers Institute. He also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at Harvard Medical School and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard before coming to Minnesota. Dr. Knights’ research combines data mining and experimentation to help identify, understand, and treat dysbiosis. He is also interested in understanding how host genetics and environmental exposures select for each person's particular microbiome. Dr. Knights has published numerous research articles in top multidisciplinary journals.

University of Minnesota Faculty

Conrado J. Aparicio, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Division of Biomaterials, Department of Restorative Sciences; Deputy Director of the Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

David O. Born, Ph.D., Professor, Division of Dental Public Health, Department of Primary Dental Care, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Robert S. Jones, D.D.S., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Donald R. Nixdorf, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Professor and Director, Advanced Education Program in Orofacial Pain, Division of TMD and Orofacial Pain, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Julie K. Olson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Division of Basic Sciences, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

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