Dr. Peter Polverini, featured speaker of Dean's Lecture Series
Dr. Peter Polverini, DDS, DMSc, dean of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, paid a visit to UCLA on May 9, 2011 to serve as the featured speaker for Dean No-Hee Park's lecture series.
The recipient of numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Polverini has more than 107 research publications to his credit. He received the Distinguished Scientists Award from the International Association for Dental Research in 2006. He became a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007 and a member of the Institute of Medicine in 2010.
Dr. Polverini presented on many decades of his research in a lecture entitled, "The Unfolded Protein Response in Tumor Growth and Angiogenesis: A Novel Target in Cancer Therapy."
New grants for faculty members
The University of California Cancer Research Coordinating Committee has elected to fund Dr. Reuben Kim's proposal to study the regulation of p53 in aging and cancer. The grant period is July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 and the total award is $50,000.
Dr. Shane White is the recipient of a National Institutes of Health R21 grant for his proposal, “Stress History is Recorded in Tooth Enamel.”
In addition, Dr. Tara Aghaloo received an NIH K02 grant of nearly $350,000; Dr. Kathryn Atchison is the PI of a sub-grant from the University of Maryland with a total budget of $1.2 million; Dr. Shen Hu received a grant from the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation with a total budget of $35,000; and Dr. Kumar Shah received a grant from RODO Medical Inc. with a total budget of nearly $40,000.
Detailed grant information will be available in the forthcoming 2010-2011 annual report.
NDAF/Colgate-Palmolive Award for Dr. Francisco Ramos-Gomez
Dr. Francisco Ramos-Gomez has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 NDAF/Colgate-Palmolive Faculty Recognition Award in the category of research. The National Dental Association will present the award on Friday, July 22, 2011 at its annual convention in Baltimore, Maryland. The faculty awards program honors individuals who have demonstrated excellence in professional development and a willingness to support and to help others in their quest for knowledge and advancement.
Dr. Vivek Shetty wins OMSF Research Recognition Award
Dr. Vivek Shetty has been selected for the 2011 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation's Research Recognition Award which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the oral and maxillofacial surgery community.
Dr. Cun-Yu Wang presents to NIH, takes on new IADR role
Dr. Cun-Yu Wang gave a presentation at the prestigious National Institutes of Health director’s lecture series in April. The title of his talk was: "Epigenetic regulation of invasive growth of human epithelial cancer.'
Also, Dr. Wang was elected to serve as vice-president of the Oral Pathology and Medicine Group of the International Association of Dental Research.
Dr. David Wong wins Sigma Xi's Bugliarello Prize
Sigma Xi, the international honor society of research scientists and engineers, has awarded Dr. David Wong the 2010 George Bugliarello Prize for his article, "Salivary Diagnostics," which appeared in the January-February 2008 issue of American Scientist magazine. The Bugliarello Prize honors a superior interdisciplinary essay, review of research or analytical article. In making the award, the judges noted that the article “was intriguing and offered a number of surprises,” and that of all the candidate articles published in 2008 and 2009, his “offered the best balance of biology, technology and benefit to society.”
David Keating wins American Association of Endodontists Award
At the American Association of Endodontists meeting in April 2011, David Keating earned second place in the oral presentation category for his work on the "Classification of Fusobacterium nucleatum Using Multilocus Sequence Typing." David went up against a field of about 70 presentations to achieve the highest rank that a UCLA Endodontics resident has ever received in that research competition.
High school scientists win awards at the Pacific Division meeting of the American Association for the Adv ancement of Science
Teenage scientists who are affiliated with the dental school through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)/UCLA School of Dentistry Pipeline Program for Dentist-Scientists made a very strong showing at the 92d Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Pacific Division meeting which took place in June at the University of San Diego.
The Pacific Division includes more than 30,000 AAAS members from California, Hawaii, Idaho, western Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, and all other countries bordering or lying within the Pacific Basin, with the exception of mainland Mexico south to Panama.
All the award-winning posters were presented and judged within the Oral Biology and Dental Medicine Section. Non-UCLA scientists judged the students' posters and the Division's Student Award Committee, composed of scientists from across the Western States and Canada, made the final decisions regarding the prizes.
Congratulations are due to both the high school students and their mentors.
Below are the HHMI student winners of the Student Awards of Excellence at this year's AAAS Pacific Division Meeting; all were poster presentations. In addition to their Section Award, Camille Brown and Candy Macias won a Divisional Award for their poster.
- Chronic Inflammation and Epigenetic Gene Regulation in Oral Keratinocytes, Rebecca Udokop and Ki-Hyuk Shin.
- Susceptibility of Oral Cancer Stem Cells to NK Cell Death versus their Differentiated Counterparts, Camille Brown, Candy Macias, Helen Tseng, Caitlin Lanzon and Anahid Jewett.
- Combined Effects of TGF-beta1 and TNF-alpha on Dental Pulp Stem Cell Differentiation, Xavier Brooks, Esmeralda Alvarez, Ju Eun Oh, Shebli Mehrazarin, Susan Bae and Mo Kang.
The science of spit
On Friday, July 8, 2011, Southern California Public Radio devoted some morning airtime to the "secrets of spit." Sanden Totten, a reporter for "The Madeleine Brand Show" a weekday variety news program, visited UCLA to learn about research at the dental school and in human genetics that is contributing to a revolution in salivary diagnostics. Dr. David Wong, associate dean of research and Felix and Mildred Yip Endowed Professor in Dentistry, is quoted.
To listen to the radio story, click here.