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Chainbreaker 2018

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry bicyclists and volunteers turned out in force Saturday, August 11, to raise funds to support cancer research at the Masonic Cancer Center.  The August 10-12 Chainbreaker bike-a-thon rallied more than 1,000 riders from throughout the University and community, including 78 from the School of Dentistry who rode in two pelotons/teams – Lytic Cycles and School of Dentistry – with each rider completing 25, 50, 100 or 180-mile routes.  The event started with a celebration festival Friday evening as riders and guests enjoyed an

Brent E. Larson

Brent E. Larson, DDS, MS, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Professor and Director of the Division of Orthodontics, received  the 2017 Century Club Professor of the Year award. 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.

Hiwet Ephrem and Cheryl Anderson-Cermin

Hiwet Ephrem, MSDH, RF was named School of Dentistry Alumni Society (SODAS) Distinguished Dental Hygiene Alumna and Cheryl Anderson-Cermin, DDS was named SODAS Distinguished Dental Alumnus on April 26 at the annual Star of the North Meeting.

Hiwet Ephrem: Distinguished Dental Hygiene Alumna 

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.

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