Drive to Discover at Dean's Day

Drive to Discover at Dean's Day


Dean's Day 

The breadth of the productive basic, clinical, social science, and translational research taking place at the School of Dentistry was on display at the Eighth Annual Dean’s Day on March 30.

The all-day event showcased faculty research on topics as diverse as imaging and assessing secondary caries in composite restorations; a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of molecular motors; salivary diagnostics; orthodontic diagnosis and treatment; the role of community in health related research; decision analysis and patient preferences in dentistry; and using evidence-based dentistry in clinical decision-making. More than 280 community practitioners, students, staff and faculty attended.

Highlights of the day included a keynote address by Donald R. Demuth, Ph.D., associate dean for research and professor of oral health and rehabilitation at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Demuth discussed the development of pathogen-specific therapies to combat oral diseases.

Thirty-two students from the dental school’s Summer Research Fellowship Program, Graduate Program in Oral Biology, and Master of Dental Hygiene Program also gave poster presentations on their research.

Congratulations to the following 2011 Paper of the Year Award recipients:

Social and Behavioral Sciences & Public Health
Bryan S. Michalowicz and Anthony J. DiAngelis for their paper (with coauthors) titled “Maternal Periodontitis Treatment and Child Neurodevelopment at 24 to 28 months of Age.” Published in Pediatrics. 2011, 127(5):e1212-20.

Basic Science
Dwight Anderson, Shelley Grimes and Paul Jardine for their paper (with coauthors) titled “Structure and Assembly of the Essential RNA Ring Component of a Viral DNA Packaging Motor.” Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 2011, 108(18):7357-62.

Clinical Science
Don Simone for his paper (with co-authors) titled “A New Device to Quantify Tactile Sensation in Neuropathy.” Published in Neurology. 2011, 76:1642-1649.

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