Faculty

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Give Kids a Smile

There were smiles – oh, and a few tears. But by day's end, 197 children were in good spirits after receiving free dental care at the University of Minnesota Dental Clinics on February 10. The student-organized Saturday clinic was part of Give Kids a Smile (GKAS).

Mark C. Herzberg

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry professor Mark C. Herzberg, DDS, PhD, was recently elected vice president-elect of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR). His term will begin following the conclusion of the 47th AADR Annual Meeting on March 21-24, 2018.

Herzberg, who serves as Director of the Minnesota Craniofacial Research Training Program (MinnCResT), has been part of the AADR since 1974.

Mark C. Herzberg

The University of Minnesota featured School of Dentistry professor Mark C. Herzberg, DDS, PhD, in its What Drives You campaign.

Stephen K. Shuman and Gary Anderson

Every year, after the Century Club Professor of the Year recipient has been announced at the Star of the North Dean’s Reception, the Office of Academic Affairs holds a celebration dinner for all distinguished faculty who have been awarded Professor of the Year since its inception in 1968.  Stephen Shuman, associate professor in the Department Primary Dental Care was the 50th inductee for 2016. The gala was held October 16, 2017, and hosted by Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Keith Mays in the Heritage Gallery at the McNamara Alumni Center. 

Dr. Angie Rake

Dr. Angie Rake, an adjunct professor in the School of Dentistry and University of Minnesota alumna, was interviewed last week for an NBC special segment about ways providers are tackling the opioid epidemic and working towards sustainable solutions. In light of President Trump's national public health emergency declaration, the segment aired ahead of schedule: one snippet at 2 p.m. ET on MSNBC, with the full piece running at 3:45 p.m. ET on Ali Velshi's MSNBC show.

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