News & Announcements


Carmem Pfeifer, PhD was recognized as OHSU's New Inventor of the Year at the 2015 Technology Transfer and Business Development Awards ceremony on October 19th. This is a tremendous honor, and was awarded to Dr. Pfeifer based on her work to develop new biologically stable monomer systems and strength enhancing additives for dental composites, adhesives and cements.

Luiz Bertassoni, PhD, published a new book, with co-author Paolo Coehlo from NYU, entitled Engineering Materialized and Load Bearing Tissues, by Springer.  This book offers a comprehensive overview of current challenges and strategies to regenerate load-bearing and calcified human tissues, including bone, cartilage, tendon, ligaments and dental structures (dentin, enamel, cementum and periodontal ligament). The publication represents a lot of work on Dr. Bertassoni's part, but it has resulted in a great contribution to biomedical engineering.

Tucker Technique Cast Gold

This term we are happy to offer the Tucker Technique Cast Gold selective courses.  The purpose of the Tucker Technique Cast Gold selective is for DS3 and DS4 students to experience hands on collaborative learning from the clinical masters of the Tucker gold technique. Students will learn the straightforward step-by-step discipline of achieving reproducible restorative excellence for their patients. Thanks to Dr. Brad McKenzie and Dr. Thad Langford for their guidance with this.

Dr. Dennis Nicola is now a member of the Board of Directors for the Multnomah Dental Society.  He serves as the faculty liaison between OHSU and the MDS. Current dental students are encouraged to attend meetings of the MDS, free of charge (dinner included!).  See Dr. Nicola for more details.