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Annual Excellence Day Highlights Student Clinical Capabilities and Research Projects

May  27, 2009

Students and faculty showcased their achievements in the dental clinic — and the research laboratory — during Pacific Excellence Day, an afternoon of activities, presentations and awards at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, on May 20. The annual event gives students the chance to present their clinical case studies and research to invited guests, faculty and members of the Bay Area medical research community.

In a first-ever keynote for the event, the dental school invited Howard Pollick, BDS, MPH, Health Sciences Clinical Professor at University of California, San Francisco to speak on the topic "Research and Public Policy: Dental Caries and Fluoridation." His presentation featured a wide range of data concerning the effectiveness of fluoridation in California's public water systems.

During the research portion of Excellence Day, students set up presentations in the school's main clinic on a wide range of topics, ranging from the causes of cleft lip and palette to the toxicity of composite materials. Students competed for a number of awards, including a spot at the ADA/Dentsply Student Clinician Research Program during the ADA Annual Session in Hawaii in September.

A committee of faculty members selected the winners of these awards:

Senior Research Competition

First Place Award

Brinda Kansagra (with co-authors George Kohout and Karen A. Schulze), Shear Bond Strength (SBS) Between Glass-Ionomer Cement and Composite Resin Restorative Materials

Second Place Award

Cassidy Lavorini-Doyle (with co-authors Senait Gebremedhin, Krystyna Konopka and Nejat Düzgüneş), Intracellular Fate of Non-Viral Vectors in Oral Cancer Cells

Third Place Award

Raja Shah (with co-authors Beau Ulrich, Craig Andresen and Leigh Anderson), Effects of Gender on Vascular Responses to Sympathetic Stimulation in the Submandibular Gland

Second Year Student Research Competition

ADA/Dentsply Award

Brent DeLong (with co-authors Chris Galea, Kiri Herchold, Robinson Sabino da Silva and Leigh Anderson), Effects of Type II Diabetes on Vascular Reactivity in the Rat Submandibular Gland

Hinman Symposium Award

Andrew Jang (with co-authors Ryan Choi, Stuart Gansky, Grayson W. Marshall and Sunita P. Ho), Load and Age Related Changes in Human Cementum

Hinman Symposium Award

Scott Ngai (with co-authors Karen A. Schulze, Ai Streaker and Marc Geissberger), Fracture Strength of Teeth Restored With Different Designed Post and Core Systems

AADR Meeting Award

Megan White ( with co-authors Andrew Ho, Andrew Jand, Katerina Polosukhina and Stefan Highsmith), Inhibition of Streptococcus mutans Growth with Carifree Treatment Rinse

AADR Meeting Award

Grace Lim (with co-authors Senait Gebremedhin, Jason Ouellette, Ilya Ulasov, Maciej Lesniak, Krystyna Konopka and Nejat Düzgüneş), Gene Delivery to Oral Squamous Carcinoma Cells by Adenoviral Vectors: Enhancement by Cationic Liposomes and Modified Viral Fiber Proteins

In the clinical portion of the event, students presented case studies on topics such as complex restorative procedures, removable prosthodontics, CAD/CAM dentistry and aesthetic dentistry, including veneers and implants. Many of their patients generously donated their time to come in and display the results of their dental care. Teams of dental school faculty members reviewed and evaluated students' cases based on oral and physical presentation, case difficulty, preparation and treatment.

"Through this event, our students, faculty and staff display the results of their hard work on exciting and challenging problems in biomedical and clinical sciences," said Dr. Nejat Duzgunes, professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology. "Research Day has become a scientific forum not only for the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry but also for the entire University, and new collaborations and research projects emanate from this event."

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

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu