Faculty

Mike T. John, PhD, DDS, MPH

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry is leading an effort to create a universal tool that can be used internationally to measure patients’ perceived oral health quality. The tool, which will eventually take the form of a patient questionnaire, will one day generate the data needed by providers and researchers to more precisely measure the impact of treatment choices on patient populations.

Bone Cancer Team

Severe pain is a common symptom of many types of bone cancers. As patients and providers seek new treatments for pain that do not involve opioids – which are known to have adverse side effects including addiction - scientists at the University of Minnesota are seeking new solutions.  

Herzberg visual

University of Minnesota researchers have discovered this previously unknown signaling pathway that regulates surface proteins on bacteria that can lead to new targets for antibiotics.

Conrado Aparicio, PhD, MScEng

Conrado Aparicio, PhD, MScEng, is the real deal. He is the consummate educator with superb student evaluations and a mentor of award winning students at all levels of professional education. Lauded by students as “100% good” and “a precious treasure”, he also is universally respected by faculty and colleagues as a scientific pioneer and thought leader with a global reach. 

Dentistry Leads

Congratulations to the Dentistry Leads cohort on successfully completing the Dentistry Leads program! The Dentistry Leads program, provided by the University of Minnesota’s Leadership and Talent Development office, assisted 16 School of Dentistry faculty in developing leadership skills, capacity, and readiness to better position themselves to take on larger leadership roles and effectively address departmental challenges.

Larry Wolff

Congratulations to Larry Wolff, MS, PhD, DDS, (Developmental/Surg Sci-Periodontology) who recently received a University of Minnesota 2018-19 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education.

(From L to R) Dean Gary Anderson and Professor Brett Larson

The 51st Professor of the Year Gala was held November 26, 2018, at the McNamara Alumni Center.  Dr. Brent Larson was honored with being the 2017 Century Club Professor of the Yearr awardee and given the signature plaque from Dean Gary Anderson.  The Century Club Professor of the Year is the School of Dentistry’s highest honor and is awarded each year to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding contributions to the School of Dentistry in the areas of education, service and research.

Keith A. Mays, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

The Journal of Dental Education has identified two articles written by School of Dentistry faculty and staff as among its “Most Notable Articles of 2018”. Included on the list of notable articles are:

Conrado Aparicio, PhD, MScEng (Restorative Sci-Biomaterials) and Robert Jones, PhD, DDS (Developmental/Surg Sci- Pediatric Dentistry) have been awarded a two-year subcontract from TDA Research (Wheat Ridge, CO) to collaborate on the development of a novel, long-term stable dental resin polymer system for initial use to improve dental sealants and, later, restorative materials.

Soraya Beiraghi, DDS, MSD, MS, MSD (Dev/Surg Sci-Pediatric Dentistry) was inducted into the Academic Health Center's (AHC) 2018 Academy for Excellence in Health Care Practice at a reception held in early November. Induction into the Academies for Excellence is the AHC's most prestigious distinction, given to individuals who attain the highest level of recognition by their peers. Dr.

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