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2022 Virtual Event Information
You're invited to SOD Research Day! The event will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

We anticipate that Research Day will be held in person at OHSU's Robertson Life Sciences Building, and we will continue to update this space with any changes to the format, based on evolving health and safety protocols.

Topic and Presenter: "Why did that bridge fail? Clinical Investigation. The eye opening use of fractography for clinical fractures of fixed prosthetics." Susanne Scherrer, D.D.S., D.M.D., P.D., Professor, Head of Biomaterials, and Head of Continuing Education at the University Clinics of Dental Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland. 

The SOD is pleased to welcome Dr. Susanne Scherrer to present the Research Day 2022 Keynote Address. Dr. Scherrer graduated with a DDS from the University in Geneva in Switzerland. She continued with part-time training in Fixed Prosthodontics from 1984-1989 and obtained a doctoral degree (Dr.Med.Dent) in 1986. From 1989-91 she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Texas HSC at San Antonio in the Department of Restorative Dentistry. In 2003, she obtained her Private Docent (PD) title from the University of Geneva. Dr. Scherrer is past President of the IADR-DMG (Dental Materials Group) (2001-02) and the Academy of Dental Materials (2002-04). In 2014, she was awarded the IADR-Distinguished Scientist Wilmer Souder Award from the Dental Materials Group. She is a fellow of the Academy of Dental Materials and the Academy of Prosthodontics. She currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the JADA Foundation Science and the Swiss Dental Journal. Her primary area of research and publishing involves dental ceramics, mechanical properties, clinical longitudinal trials, and failure analysis using fractography. She has worked as a general practitioner from 1984-2015 in extramural family private practices.

Keynote Abstract: The failure of a fixed dental restoration can cause significant pain, inconvenience and cost. Critical examination of broken prosthetics can inform the practitioner about the cause of failure and alert them to the critical design parameters to ensure future success. This presentation will follow through an investigation of a series of actual clinical cases examining the retrieved fractured portions of zirconia bridges and resin composite endocrown restorations, using the scientific tool of fractographic failure analysis. These cases will highlight issues related to material science, lab processing, design, surface treatment, occlusal loading contacts and the important lessons that can be learned from such premature fractures. 

Participants can earn 1 CDE credit for attending this presentation. 

This page will be updated as content associated with this event is published.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Tarn Allen.

Overview of 2021 Event
OHSU School of Dentistry hosted an all-virtual Research Day on March 4, 2021, which involved a bit of  learning curve for all involved, but was a huge success, by all accounts! Students, faculty, and research staff virtually presented 70 posters for feedback from colleagues and mentors, and awards determined by judges from OHSU SOD faculty, Permanente Dental Associates, and Oregon Dental Association. Dr. Robert Guldberg, Professor and Executive Director of the Phil & Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact at the University of Oregon, presented the keynote speech, "Immunological and Biomechanical Influences on Musculoskeletal Regeneration." The event organizers found unexpected benefits in the all-virtual format, and look to incorporate the positive and inclusive aspects of the format for future in-person events. 

Congratulations again to the 2021 Award Winners!

  • Best Poster Award - Student Category: Nicholas Ray, Kunal Mansukhani, Karan Patel, and Michael Snow for their work in the Machida lab, studying "Therapeutic Strategies for Reversal of Microbial Dysbiosis in Systemic Disease."
  • Best Poster Award - Resident Category: Jason McDaniels, "Assessing Nonsurgical Endodontic Case Difficulty Using CBCT vs PA."
  • Best Poster Award - Ph.D. Student Category: Avathamsa Athirasala (Bertassoni lab), "Screening 3D microenvironment reveals the impact of micro-geometry on osteogenesis."
  • Best Poster Award - Staff Category: Alexander Kendall (Pfeifer lab), "Designing Molecules for S. mutans Biofilm Inhibition."
  • Best Poster Award - Faculty Category: Peter Zuber, "Role of actoin dehydrogenase lipoylation in growth of Streptococcus mutans."
  • Student CaseCAT Award, 3rd place (tie): Raeesah Taher, "Botulinum Toxin (BTX) - More Than a Cosmetic Treatment," and Nicholas Ray, "Zygomatic Implants: Predictable Rehabilitation of the Atrophic Maxilla."
  • Student CaseCAT Award, 2nd place: Merit Roshdy, "Placing Dental Implants Immediately After Extraction of Teeth with Periapical Lesions."
  • Student CaseCAT Award, 1st place: Jon Goddard, "Should I switch to digital dentures?"

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