Research

Beth Groenke, DDS, MS

A graduate student in the School of Dentistry’s Division of TMD and Orofacial Pain received the INfORM Samuel F Dworkin Predoctoral Award for her research into the use of MRIs in oral health diagnosis.

The International Association for Dental Research granted the award to Beth Groenke, DDS, MS, for a presentation given virtually to the International Network for Orofacial pain & Related disorders Methodology (INfORM) conference originally scheduled for 2020, but held virtually instead.

Inaugural Interprofessional Education Intern cohort

Two School of Dentistry students are members of the first Interprofessional Education Intern cohort through the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs.

Kaushik Mikherjee, MSc, PhD, DDS ’22, and Trang Nguyen, DDS, PhD, UMN PASS join thirteen other health sciences students as inaugural interns. The students seek to solve interprofessional problems together, gain skills in leadership and communication, gain knowledge across disciplines, and integrate research.

Research Day

The School of Dentistry’s 17th Research Day required innovation, creative thinking, and adaptability to pull off—and those same traits quickly became themes of the day’s presentations.

Temporomandibular Pain

A paper authored by Eric Schiffman, DDS, MS, was the second most-cited article in dentistry in 2020, according to Scopus data (Asiri et al., Preprints, 202102002).

Conrado Aparicio, PhD, MSc Eng

Conrado Aparicio, PhD, MSc Eng will be inducted into the 2021 cohort of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the organization announced this week.

Drs. Massimo Costalonga and Peter Bittner-Eddy

Two grants to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health will support research to identify new approaches to preventing thrush and periodontitis.

Diseases of the mouth are costly and can lead to loss of teeth, a diminished quality of life and life-threatening systemic infections.

Conrado Aparicio, PhD, MScEng

School of Dentistry Professor Conrado Aparicio, PhD, is leading a research team focused on reducing infection rates for patients with bone-integrated prosthetic limbs. As a mechanical engineer with deep experience advancing the science of dental implants, he is the lead investigator on a new $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Mark Herzberg, DDS, PhD

School of Dentistry Professor Mark Herzberg, DDS, PhD, became president of the American Association for Dental Research this spring. The AADR has more than 3,100 members in the United States united by their interest in advancing dental, oral and craniofacial research to improve health.

Herzberg has been active in AADR for more than three decades, serving as chief editor of the organization’s journal, the Journal of Dental Research, for 11 years. 

3M Key Opinion Leaders

Past and present visiting scholars from Brazil, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Spain, Malaysia and Turkey were brought together virtually by the Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics (MDRCBB) this month.

“We are all eager to be back in the lab, but in the meantime, there is value in virtual connection,” said Professor Alex Fok, PhD, director of the MDRCBB. “Our best work is built on collaboration and partnerships with people and organizations around the world.”

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.

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