A Most Outstanding Presentation Award for Basic Science Research was presented to UCSF School of Dentistry PhD candidate Dr. Michael Le (D’11) at the Eighteenth Hinman Student Research Symposium. Dr. Le’s project examined the effects of various levels of fluoride ion in drinking water on import, storage, and export of iron by mouse ameloblast cells. The study was directed by Dr. Pamela Den Besten, Professor in the Department of Orofacial Sciences and Co-Director of the Oral and Craniofacial Sciences (OCS) Graduate Program at the UCSF School of Dentistry.
Eight awards were given for the most outstanding student presentations, four in clinical research and four in basic science research, in addition to an award from the National Students Research Group of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR).
The Hinman Symposium featured oral and poster presentations of research projects by dental students and graduate students from dental schools across the US, and this year 101 students represented 45 dental schools in 28 states, the District of Columbia, and 3 Canadian provinces. It was sponsored by the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, and co-sponsored by the Hinman Dental Society, and was supported in part by grants from the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), the ADEAGies Foundation, the Procter & Gamble Company, the UTHSC College of Dentistry Alumni Association, and the Tennessee Dental Association Foundation.
The Symposium was opened by Dr. Timothy L. Hottel, Dean of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, followed by Dr. Franklin Garcia-Godoy, Senior Executive Associate Dean for Research, and by Dr. Mustafa Dabbous, founder of the Symposium. Dr. James A. Roos, President of the Hinman Dental Society, welcomed the participants. The keynote speaker at the Welcoming Banquet was Dr. Rena D’Souza, current President of the American Association for Dental Research and Professor and Chair of Biomedical Sciences at Baylor College of Dentistry. Her topic was “Why Translational Research Matters to Dentistry.” Dr. D’Souza presented a vision of students using the skills they learned in research in their future dental practice to collect, analyze, and submit data on performance of new materials and techniques to dental schools, dental societies, private industry, and public health administrators. The goal is for all dentists to be part of an oral health research network.
Dr. Garcia-Godoy encouraged the students to remain active in research regardless of whether their career paths take them into dental practice or academics. Dr. Lynn Mertens King, Chief of the NIDCR Research Training and Career Development Branch, addressed the participants and emphasized the role of NIDCR in supporting research training for dental students and the career options available to future leaders in clinical and translational research. Also attending the meeting and offering an insight into opportunities beyond dental practice was Rebecca Van Horn, Dental Science Liaison for Procter & Gamble.
UCSF Dentistry Dean Dr. John D.B. Featherstone and Associate Dean for Research Dr. Richard Jordan join the School community in congratulating Michael Le for this honor and recognition of his work.
Dr. Michael Le (second from the left, in green), with Dr. James A. Roos (far left) and Drs. Hottel and Garcia-Godoy (right).