Research Symposium: Martha Somerman

Location:  School of Dentistry Building • Westwood, CA

Date & Time:  Wed, Jun 3, 2015, 12:00 pm - Wed, Jun 3, 2015, 1:00 pm

Event Host:  Dr. David Wong

Event Presenter:  Martha Somerman, DDS, PhD, NIDCR

About the Symposium

Join the Office of Research and the UCLA School of Dentistry for a Research Syposium on the topic of “NIDCR:  The Research Catalyst for Transforming Oral Health."

Martha Somerman

Dr. Somerman’s presentation will highlight some of the many exciting and innovative research areas supported by National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research/ National Institutes of Health, with an emphasis on advances made toward accelerating diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental-oral-craniofacial pathologies/conditions. Research advances, from basic to translational to clinical, will include: a) the human microbiome project, where data are being analyzed to define the role of uncultivable microbes in health and disease; b) evolution of salivary/oral tissue diagnostics;  c) ‘omics’ evolution including current and planned genomic analysis/genomic wide association studies; d) public health challenges, e.g.,  acute/chronic pain linked to temporomandibular joint disorders and oral pharyngeal cancers; and e) clinical research within the clinical research center at NIH and through the National Dental Practice Based Research Network. 

About the Speaker

Dr. Martha J. Somerman is the Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health. She also is Chief of the Laboratory of Oral Connective Tissue Biology at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Prior to becoming NIDCR’s director, Dr. Somerman was dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry, Seattle, a position she held from 2002-2011.  Before joining the University of Washington, she was on the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor, from 1991 to 2002, and University of Maryland, 1984-1990. An internationally known researcher and educator, Dr. Somerman’s research has focused on defining the key regulators controlling development, maintenance and regeneration of dental-oral-craniofacial tissues and has been a recipient of numerous honors and awards throughout her academic career.

Dr. Somerman holds a D.D.S. from New York University, a certificate in Periodontology from Eastman Dental Center, Rochester, New York and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry.