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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The University of Minnesota featured School of Dentistry professor Mark C. Herzberg, DDS, PhD, in its What Drives You campaign.
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.
Shelley N. Grimes, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, passed away on March 20. She was 54.