Research Takes Center Stage at RCED

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More than 50 presenters put their research in the spotlight for the annual Research and Clinical Excellence Day, Oct. 10 in Cole Hall and Millberry Union. The all-school event featured Paul Krebsbach, DDS, PhD, dean of the UCLA School of Dentistry, as plenary speaker.

The event drew upon our own faculty for two enlightening talks: Yvonne Kapila, DDS, PhD, chair of the Department of Periodontics, gave the faculty research lecture; and the Spotlight on Clinical Excellence featured Arun Sharma, BDS, MS, director of the prosthodontics residency program. Dr. Kapila spoke on “Microbes and Microbiome — Unlocking Their Potential to Address Oral Diseases.” Dr. Sharma spoke on “The role of Osseointegrated implants in reconstruction following treatment of oral cancer.”

A highlight of the event was the naming of Amnon Sharir, PhD, DVM, as the John C. Greene Society Mentor of the Year.

"Mentoring the next generation is a critical task for a faculty member or any working scientist, for that matter," observed Thomas Lang, associate dean for research. "In addition to doing our own research, we have to do our part to make sure that the enterprise continues in the future. This recognition from Dr. Sharir’s mentees shows how seriously he takes this important role and how well he carries it out."

Presentation Winners

Place

Category

Student

Mentor

1st

Research Associate

Margot Bacino

Stefan Habelitz

3rd

Postdoctoral/Resident

Sepideh Banava*

Stuart Gansky

Allan Radaic*

Yvonne Kapila

2nd

Postdoctoral/Resident

Ellie Babaie

Stefan Habelitz

1st

Postdoctoral Category

Yushi Bai

Stefan Habelitz

3rd

Graduate Category

Sean Ganther

Yvonne Kapila

2nd

Graduate Category

Lea Sedghi

Yvonne Kapila

1st

Graduate Category

An Nguyen

Rich Schneider

3rd

Predoctoral Category

Mai Zong Her*

Kristen Hoeft

Katie DiLeo*

Sarah Knox

2nd

Predoctoral Category

Burin Thanasuwat

Diane Barber

1st

Ernst Newbrun Award for Research Excellence

Susan Keefe*

Ophir Klein, Amnon Sharir

Brad Morgan*

Gwen Essex

*Two-way tie

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