School News

Louis M. Mansky, PhD

University of Minnesota researchers in the Institute for Molecular Virology (IMV) have made a key discovery that could have important implications for developing a strategy to stop the spread of a highly infectious virus currently spreading among remote areas of central Australia. Called human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1), infection rates are reportedly exceeding 40 percent among adults in those communitites. HTLV-1, the first human cancer virus discovered, can cause leukemia and lymphoma.

Harold Tu, DMD, MD, FACS

Harold K.Tu, DMD, MD, FACS, associate professor and director of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry, was appointed to the new, federal Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force. Formed by the U.S.

Ines Lazo

The Minnesota Literacy Council recently featured University of Minnesota School of Dentistry IT member Ines Lazo on its YouTube page. The video tracks Lazo's journey from Ecuador to the Dental IT team.

 

Galina Yakovlev

Second year University of Minnesota School of Dentistry student Galina Yakovlev was awarded second place in the Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA) for her poster titled "Investigating the effect of PEITC, a natural chemopreventive agent, on the tobacco carcinogen-induced DNA damage in oral cells." She accepted the award at the American Association for Dental Research annual meeting, held March 21-24 in Ft. Lauderdale , Fla.

Give Kids a Smile

On February 10, 2018, more than 450 volunteers - including dental, dental therapy and dental hygiene students and faculty, staff and residents from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry as well as outside licensed providers, pre-dent and interprofessional students - helped 197 kids at Give Kids a Smile.

The annual volunteer-run event helps connect children in need to the health care system and to the U-M Dental Clinics as their dental home.

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At a time when bacteria are increasingly developing an ability to stand up to antibiotics, U-M School of Dentistry scientists have developed an antimicrobial peptide that kills drug resistant bacteria without causing new resistance behaviors.  The new peptide is even effective against bacterial biofilms, a sticky mass of bacteria that are difficult to kill with traditional antibiotics. Bacterial biofilms are responsible for dental plaque and have been estimated to affect 80% of bacterial infections in the body.

Mobile Dental Clinic

The Big Ten Network (BTN) visited the School of Dentistry in November 2017 and filmed aboard the UCare Mobile Dental Clinic as part of its video story about research, outreach projects and "cool things" happening on the University of Minnesota campus.  The video was broadcast on-air and is posted on the BTN website.

Tooth Decay Model

In a new study published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, an interdisciplinary team of University of Minnesota researchers found some bacteria that absorb and accumulate phosphate from saliva may play a role in tooth decay.

Chad Wagner

Chad Lowell Wagner, second-year University of Minnesota School of Dentistry student, presented a poster titled “Effect of an Opioid Prescribing Protocol on Provider Prescribing Behavior” at the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., March 21-24, 2018.  The meeting was held in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research. 

Gary C. Anderson

Gary C. Anderson, DDS, MS, a tenured faculty member in the Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, has been named dean of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry for a fixed term beginning March 26, 2018, and continuing to December 31, 2019. He previously served as interim dean following the departure of Leon Assael, DMD, who retired from his position as dean in August 2016.

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