The biggest news coming out of UCSF Dentistry's Research and Clinical Excellence Day 2011 may be the phenomenal growth of the event itself: from twenty posters presented on the original "Research Day" in 2003, to over sixty at this year's event. So announced UCSF Dentistry's Associate Dean for Research Dr. Richard Jordan as he welcomed a near-capaity audience to Cole Hall, successively introducing UCSF Executive Vice Chancellor Dr. Jeffrey Bluestone and UCSF Dentistry Dean John D.B. Featherstone, to open the day's events.
The Keynote Speaker as the morning began was the new Chair of the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences Dr. George Taylor, who spoke on "Periodontal Disease and Periodontal Therapy: Role in the Diabetes Epidemic ".
Dr. Taylor returned to the podium later in the day with the surprise announcement that Dean Featherstone has been elected an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Dentists at the ACD’s recent Annual Meeting and Convocation, in Las Vegas.
The morning oral presentations were chaired by Dr. Lisa Chung, Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor in PRDS, followed by an entertaining Outstanding Clinician Award lecture by recipient Dr. Tony Pogrel, Associate Dean for Hospital Affairs and William Ware Endowed Professor and Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
The lunch and poster presentations at the Millberry Union Gym were followed by afternoon oral presentations, chaired by Dr. Jeffrey Bush, Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell and Tissue Biology.
Faculty Research Award receipient Dr. Pamela Den Besten, Professor and Chair of the Division of Pediatric Dentistry in the Department of Orofacial Sciences, gave a presentation detailing her professional life and work.
The Mentor of the Year Award was presented by D3 Robert Lee to Dr. Wu Li, Associate Professor in the Department of Orofacial Sciences.
Complete list of student winners:
3rd Place – Ronnie Elise Brown
2nd Place – Nathan Young
1st Place – Jonathan Stahl
3rd Place – Jeremy Lin
2nd Place – Joshua Emrick
1st Place – Frances Yang
3rd Place – Antonio Diaz
2nd Place – Kristen Evans
1st Place – Ali Sadat
Visit the Research and Clinical Excellence Day page on the UCSF Dentistry website  to download the complete event program as a PDF, including agenda, biographies, and abstracts.
Generous support was provided for Research and Clinical Excellence Day 2011 by Delta Dental .
Research and Clinical Excellence Day 2012 is scheduled for Tuesday, October 9th, 2012.
Top to bottom: EVC Jeffrey Bluestone; D2 Kristina Ahlwardt during the poster event at Millberry Union; Dean Emeritus (and UCSF dental student research society namesake) John C. Greene with Associate Dean for Education and Student Affairs Dr. Dorothy Perry; PRDS Chair Dr. George Taylor and Dean Featherstone (lower right) listen to a presentation.
- UCSF Dentistry | Research and Clinical Excellence Day 
- American College of Dentists ACD News - August 2011 (PDF) 
- Delta Dental