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School of Dentistry students win research awards

Several students in the OHSU School of Dentistry have recently been recognized for their outstanding research efforts. Congratulations to all. Dental students win award from American Association of Public Health Dentistry Second-year dental students Amelia Stoker, Sydney Stoker, and Caroline DeVincenzi were awarded first place for the Predoctoral Dental Student Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Health Dentistry by the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. The students spent three weeks in Kenya in September 2013 … Read More

School of Dentistry researchers awarded nearly $3 million to improve dental composites

Researchers at OHSU’s School of Dentistry have recently been awarded two grants from the National Institutes of Health totaling almost $3 million to study new materials for making longer-lasting dental composites, more commonly known as dental fillings. One study, led by Carmem Pfeifer, D.D.S., Ph.D., assistant professor of biomaterials and biomechanics, and Jack Ferracane, Ph.D., chair and professor of restorative dentistry, will explore novel compounds with the goal of doubling the six-or-seven-year lifespan of current … Read More

Phillip Marucha, D.M.D., Ph.D., is new School of Dentistry dean

Join us in welcoming dentist and immunologist Phillip T. Marucha, D.M.D., Ph.D., as OHSU’s new School of Dentistry dean. Dr. Marucha currently serves as associate dean for research and director of graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. In addition to his work as a clinician and leader, Dr. Marucha is an active researcher. He has been PI on more than a dozen grants and has been an investigator or … Read More

OHSU researchers link increased protein production in nerve cells to hypertension

School of Dentistry researchers in collaboration from researchers from the School of Medicine’s Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Physiology & Pharmacology published a study in The Journal of Neuroscience Research that is the first to link blood pressure with the production and secretion of a protein in nerve cells known as BDNF, or Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor. It appears that pressure-sensitive nerve cell production of BDNF increases substantially during hypertension, which suggests that this research has serious implications for the … Read More

School of Dentistry awards announced

The following article has been reproduced with permission from the School of Dentistry’s Dental Bites newsletter. Congratulations to all three awardees! The first awards have been made to School of Dentistry faculty through the newly-created Dean’s Fund for Research Support. Receiving $40,000 grants for research are Agnieszka Balkowiec, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of integrative biosciences, the team of Tom Hilton, D.M.D., M.S., alumni centennial professor of operative dentistry, and Jack Ferracane, Ph.D., professor and chair … Read More

OHSU study advances understanding of TDP-43 protein in ALS

A new study by researchers at the OHSU School of Dentistry advances our understanding of how a protein, TDP-43, impacts gene expression in neurodegenerative diseases like ALS. The researchers altered levels of TDP-43 in fruit flies to directly compare too much versus too little of the protein. Using massively parallel sequencing, they found that loss of TDP-43 results in widespread gene activation and altered splicing. Over expression resulted in decreased gene expression–a finding contrary to … Read More

Study: Cavity-inducing bacteria persist despite use of caries restorative therapy

Your child brushes, flosses, and rinses with fluoride—but is it enough to prevent all cavities? According to new research at OHSU’s School of Dentistry, multiple strains of the cavity-causing bacteria may remain in the mouths of children even after undergoing six months of full-mouth caries restorative therapy. For the study, plaque from seven children, ages 3 to 12, who visited the dentist with severe early childhood caries, was collected at three appointments: prior to oral … Read More

Busy month for School of Dentistry student researchers

Congratulations to all the dentistry students who were recognized for their outstanding research in March! The following article has been reproduced with permission from the School of Dentistry’s Dental Bites newsletter. In early March, a dental student poster, presented at the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) national meeting in Minneapolis by third-year dental student Iraj Kasimi, won first place out of 20 posters nationwide. The poster, “Acidogenic Mutans Streptococci Strains Persist One Year Post-Caries RestorativeTherapy,” … Read More

Dentistry Seminar: Denice Stewart DDS & Mark Engelstad DDS MD – March 7

Denice Stewart, D.D.S., M.H.S.A., Associate Dean Clinical Affairs, Professor Community Dentistry, and Mark Engelstad, D.D.S., M.D., M.H., Associate Professor Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, both from the OHSU School of Dentistry, will be giving next week’s talk at the School of Dentistry Seminar. The presentation will highlight Clinical Research Utilizing the Electronic Dental Record. The seminar will be held March 7, 2012, from 12 to 1 p.m. in the School of Dentistry, Room 606. The seminar is worth … Read More

OHSU researchers discover role of glial cells in regulating neuron development

OHSU researchers Jessica Martin, Ph.D., Alexandra Brown, and Agnieszka Balkowiec, M.D., Ph.D., principal investigator and associate professor of integrative biosciences in the School of Dentistry, have discovered the importance of glial cells in regulating the growth of brainstem neurons. Until now, glial cells had been thought to play a peripheral role in regulating the neurons that control blood pressure and breathing. This new research, published in Neuroscience, shows that glial cells actually play a significant … Read More

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