More than 200 dental students, residents and faculty participated in today’s 28th Annual University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine’s (SDM) Research Day Scientific Program on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

The day featured highlights from both basic science and clinical research, and oral presentations were made by faculty, residents and dental students. The day concluded with 25 poster presentations by students and residents.

Dean Denise Kassebaum, DDS, MS, introduced the day to the attendees. “Research Day provides the opportunity to highlight current research activities of faculty, students, residents and post-docs, and to stimulate new projects through the sharing of information that goes on.”

The keynote presentation was made by new SDM faculty member, Clifton Carey, PhD, who joined the dental school faculty in November 2011. He was previously the director of Independent Research and Grants Administration at the American Dental Association Foundation’s Paffenbarger Research Center.

Carey’s presentation: “Why? Because…Why? – Questioning the Status Quo, Changing the Future: Fluoride Examples,” was built on his vast experience as a R01 funded researcher.

“Any research project begins with a question. Questions such as ‘why?’ can lead to a lifetime of looking for answers,” Carey said. “The question is often the easiest part of the project.”

Deise Oliveira, DDS, MS, a clinical faculty member in the Department of Restorative Dentistry, presented her research on attitudes toward “Minimally Invasive Dentistry Among General Practitioners.”

In addition to the faculty presentations, three student researchers presented their research to their colleagues. First-year student, Petros Yoon, outlined his research in the lab of Lynn Heasley, PhD, on head and neck cancer cells. Dr. Moataz Elkasrawy, a student in the International Student Program, discussed his research on “Experimental BPA-Free Orthodontic Bracket Adhesives or Amorphous Calcium Phosphate Containing.” The focus of Jordan Lamberton, DDS, a resident in the orthodontic program, was on his clinical research study, “Perception of Pain During Miniscrew Placement: Compound Topical Versus Injection.”

The SDM Research Day was organized by Sheldon Newman, DDS, president of the Colorado Section of the American Association of Dental Research.

(Photo: Left to right, Sheldon Newman, DDS; Denise Kassebaum, DDS, MS; Deise Oliveira, DDS, MS; Jeff Stansbury, PhD; and Clif Carey, PhD)

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