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Springtime Spotlight: Pacific Dugoni Research Activities

Class of 2014 Student Alex Ko with his poster presentation at the ADA Annual Session last October.

March  11, 2013

Dental research will be in the spotlight at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry this spring. A variety of dental school research programs have been very active during this academic year, and faculty and students are eager to share their hard work and findings. In the coming months, research achievements will be highlighted at a handful of national and local meetings, at the dental school’s annual Excellence Day and at other events.

This March, second-year student Alex Ko will represent Pacific at the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and International Association for Dental Research (IADR) General Session in Seattle. Ko is one of seven finalists in the AADR National Student Research Group Dentsply/Caulk Competition. His presentation, "Photodynamic Therapy of Porphyromonas gingivalis via Liposome-Encapsulated Photosensitizers,” was co-authored by Research Assistant Michael Yee; Dr. Paulina Skupin from the Medical University of Poznan; and Dr. Nejat Düzgüneş, professor of Microbiology at the Dugoni School.

Ko also gave an oral presentation about his findings at the San Francisco Section of the AADR Scientific Meeting on Feb. 27 at the University of California San Francisco. He was joined at this event by his classmate Allison Hochwald, who presented on the topic of “Implications of masticator (pterygomandibular) space variations for inferior alveolar injection efficacy.”

To further highlight dental school research activities, numerous students will present research findings and projects on May 29 at Research Day, part of Pacific’s Excellence Day. During this popular annual event, the dental school community gathers to see what students, faculty and staff have accomplished in the research lab – as well as in the clinic and community.

The 2013 event will be the fifteenth Research Day event held at the Dugoni School. This year’s event will feature poster presentations and competitions, awards and a keynote lecture from a to-be-announced special guest.

“We are impressed with the dedication of our students who work on challenging research projects, despite their very tight academic schedules,” said Düzgüneş. “We are also grateful for the invaluable technical help provided by our research associates that ensures the successful completion of these projects.”

While sharing research accomplishments among colleagues and classmates is important, the Department of Biomedical Sciences has been hosting a series of Biomedical Sciences Seminars to ensure the dental school community is also exposed to research activities taking place outside of the Dugoni School. These lunchtime events bring experts from institutions and organizations to the dental school to present on a variety of research-focused topics.

On March 28 Dr. Julian Leprince from the School of Dental Medicine and Stomatology, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, will talk about mesenchymal stem cells in dental pulp. On April 18 the Biomedical Sciences department will host Dr. David Ojcius from the School of Natural Sciences, University of California, Merced, who will talk about Porphyromonas gingivalis, innate immunity and inflammasomes.

The school is also hosting a satellite symposium of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) Pulp Biology and Regeneration Group, "Pulp Regeneration — Translational Opportunities,” in March. This event will focus on research and advances in the field of pulp regeneration.

Category Type: Dental Issues and Research, Special Events, Honors and Awards

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