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UTSD Students Showcase Research at Hinman Symposium

Five students from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston presented their research projects and findings at a dental research symposium in Memphis, Tenn. in October. The annual Hinman Student Research Symposium, sponsored by the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, featured oral and poster presentations from dental students from around the country. The UTSD presenters were Gregory Luk and Tam Tran – both first-year dental students – and second-year students Rohit Ummer, Ryan Weber and Allison Whitman. UTSD faculty members Jackie Duke, PhD; Renato Silva, DDS, PhD; Ariadne Letra, DDS, PhD; and Sercan Akyalcin, DDS, PhD served as faculty mentors for the student researchers. Associate Professor Rade Paravina, DDS, PhD, director of the Houston Center for Biomaterials and Biomimetics, accompanied the students and served as a judge.


UTSD’s Summer Research Showcase wows audience

The University of Texas School of Dentistry’s second annual Summer Research Showcase, held this year at the Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center, drew an enthusiastic noontime audience of students, faculty and residents interested in hearing about research in tissue engineering/stem cells, imaging, and oral and craniofacial biology.  Dental students Gregory Luk, Timothy Woernley, Hunter Owen, Allison Whitman, Elizabeth May, Tam Tran, Rohit Ummer and Ryan Weber discussed their summer research projects, with simultaneous presentations in three separate rooms. Each student researcher had 10 minutes to present, followed by two minutes for questions. This format allowed ample time for all participants to present their findings, and allowed attendees to move from room to room to choose their topics of interest.


Star of the South Table Clinic winners announced

The Greater Houston Dental Society has announced winners of the Star of the South Dental Meeting’s Scientific Table Clinics. This year’s winner of the Edward J. Cooksey Award is Dr. Alejandro Sosa for his presentation on “Lichen Planus - Oral Premalignancy:  A Case Report.” The Cooksey Award is given for excellence in scientific table clinic presentation. Sosa earned his master’s degree in prosthodontics from The University of Texas School of Dentistry in 2011. Each year, the American Dental Association (ADA) and Dentsply North America, as sponsor, present the SCADA Award to the winners of research competitions in U.S. dental schools. The winners are invited to the ADA Annual Session. This year’s SCADA Award recipient is Austin Ledingham, a second-year dental student at UTSD, for “The Effect of Sterilization on Anodized and Non-Anodized Mini-Screws.” Dr. Stephen Laman and Dr. Mai Tram Nguyen served as co-chairs for the table clinics. Other winners were selected from the following categories:


Student Table Clinic showcases talent, hard work

University of Texas School of Dentistry dental, dental hygiene and advanced education students presented 40 projects at the 2012 Student Table Clinic Presentations held at the school March 9 in advance of the Greater Houston Dental Society’s Star of the South Dental Meeting. The presentations featured research, new products, case studies and more. Sponsors included Henry Schien; Komet USA, LLC; the U.S. Army; Zimmer Dental and the UTSD Alumni Association. The Houston Section of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) chose a first-place winner from among the research projects. Dental student Jireh Yue was honored for “Alveolar Bone Stem Cells: An Isolation Characterization and Differentiation Approach.” His sponsor was Dr. Isabel Gay. The Table Clinic coordinator, Assistant Professor Stephen Laman, DDS, said the annual event gives students a chance to present their work to faculty members for immediate feedback. The students volunteer to participate and do the work in their spare time, despite challenging schedules.“I’m overwhelmed with how talented and dedicated these students are,” Laman said. “They work very long hours and yet still find time to participate in this event.”A complete list of the projects and participants follows.


AADR Meeting to highlight UTSD students

Abstracts by 12 University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston (UTSD) students have been accepted to the 2012 American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Annual Meeting March 21-24 in Tampa, Fla. Michelle Eldiwany will present two posters; Andre Nguyen will do an oral presentation, and Jireh Yue will compete in the AADR DENTSPLY/Caulk Competition. Websites for abstracts are included below to show what the UTSD students (and their mentors) have been up to: 


Yue is finalist in AADR Student Research Group Competition

Second-year dental student Jireh Yue has been selected to compete in the Basic Science category at the 2012 American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Student Research Group DENTSPLY/Caulk Competition March 21 in Tampa, Fla. His research mentor was Isabel Gay, DDS, MS, assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene. Each student is required to present a poster during the AADR General Poster Session and must also make a 10-minute presentation to a student panel of judges. Winners will be chosen in each category (Basic Science and Clinical Science) and announced the evening of March 21. Cash prizes and plaques will be awarded.Other nominees in the Basic Science category include: