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Ortho Alumna Earns American Association of Orthodontists Harry Sicher Research Award

June  02, 2008

Dr. Basma Fallah, a 2007 graduate of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry orthodontic program, earned the 2008 Harry Sicher Research Award from the American Association of Orthodontists. Fallah accepted the award at the AAO Annual Meeting held in Denver May 16-20.

Dr. Basma FallahEstablished in 1968, the Harry Sicher Research Award recognizes clinical research papers of unusual merit related to orthodontics. Fallah earned the award for her research on gene mutation that may cause cleft lip and palate. Along with faculty and staff from the dental school's Craniofacial Genetics Laboratory, Fallah spent several years completing the research project. Fallah is the first Dugoni School alumna to receive the honor.

"Our department of orthodontics spent years studying and collecting data and it's very encouraging to receive such a prestigious award," said Fallah. "The results of our research would not have been possible without the support of Pacific's Craniofacial Genetics Laboratory and the guidance of my mentor, Dr. Marie Tolarova."

Category Type: Alumni, Honors and Awards

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