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dental medicine Accomplishments

Aug 3, 2018
Dr. Edward Lynch (Dental) and co-workers have published a paper, "Highly Acidic pH Values of Carbonated Sweet Drinks, Fruit Juices, Mineral Waters and Unregulated Fluoride Levels in Oral Care Products and Drinks in India: A Public Health Concern" in the online July issue of Perspectives in Public Health. This research quantified and assessed the concentrations of fluoride in commonly used oral care products, fruit juices, bottled waters, soft drinks, favored bottled milk, and milkshakes and also determined the pH of carbonated sweet drinks and drinks marketed in India. Of the wide variety of dentifrices and tooth powders available in India, most brands do not indicate the fluoride levels on their packaging or inserts. Similarly, the unregulated acidic pH values of carbonated sweet drinks are not only potentially contributing to non-carious tooth loss (enamel erosion and dentine erosion), but are also a contributing factor to the weight gain observed in Indian adolescents.  

Aug 1, 2018
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) and Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental), along with Emily Masek, '18 BS Kinesiology, authored “Dietary Polyphenols and Periodontitis-A Mini-Review of Literature,” which appeared in the July issue of Molecules. It focused on the mechanisms of action of dietary polyphenols in improving the pathophysiology underlying chronic inflammatory diseases like periodontitis based on pre-clinical and clinical models. This publication is part of Basu and Ebersole's ongoing collaborations in nutritional immunology.

Aug 1, 2018
Dr. Edward Lynch (Dental) this week was installed as president of the Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology Research Group at the annual meeting of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and American Association for Dental Research (AADR) in London. He was elected by his peers as Research Group president for the third time. At the meeting he served as group program chair, refereeing submissions as well as structuring scientific sessions. He also was chairperson of a scientific session and chairperson of the annual business meeting and was elected and attended the annual International Association for Dental Research Council meeting. Additionally, he made a presentation on one of his current clinical trials, "Ozone Treatment of Symptomatic, Deep, Almost Cariously Exposed Lesions." He also was elected to attend the 2019 Council of the International Association for Dental Research, which he will also attend as the president of the Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology Research Group of IADR and AADR.  

Aug 1, 2018
Drs. Wenlian Zhou and Rick Thiriot (both Dental) taught two courses during July at Nankai University School of Dental Medicine in China as part of the Tianjin China Collaboration and Exchange Program. Both also were invited to present “Dental Licensure in the United States” and “Introduction to Clear Aligner Therapy” at Lanzhou University, School of Stomatology. Established in 2011, the Tianjin China Collaboration & Exchange Program enables UNLV faculty dentists to offer advanced elective courses to Nankai University’s fourth-year dental students during the summer semester. This is the sixth year UNLV faculty dentists taught courses at Nankai University.  

Jul 24, 2018
Dr. Karl Kingsley, Dr. Jason Klingler, and Ching Shen (all Dental) published the peer-reviewed manuscript "Prevalence of Aggregatibacter Actinomycetemcomitans and Fusobacterium Nucleatum among Clinical Orthodontic and Non-Orthodontic Saliva Samples" in the International Journal of Advances in Microbiology. Klingler is an orthodontics resident, while Shen is a dental student.

Jul 20, 2018
Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) co-authored “Gene Expression Analysis of Neuropeptides in Oral Mucosa During Periodontal Disease in Nonhuman Primates,” which appeared during April on PubMed ahead of print in the Journal of Periodontology, the official journal of the American Academy of Periodontology. The study concluded anti-inflammatory neuropeptides and neuropeptides receptors could play a role in the unresolved infection and inflammation that normally drives tissue destruction in periodontitis.  

Jul 19, 2018
Dr. Neamat Hassan Abubakr Hassan (Dental Medicine) co-authored and served as corresponding author for “Patient–dentist Relationship and Dental Anxiety among Young Sudanese Adult Patients,” which showed that relationships might be an important target for improving the delivery and standards of oral health among dentally anxious patients in the region. The article appeared in the online version of the International Dental Journal on July 11.  

Jul 9, 2018
UNLV School of Dental Medicine hosted 134 local high school students during the annual Upward Bound event, which provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. The dental school’s faculty, staff, and students hosted tours of the campus and provided demonstrations in the simulation laboratory. This is the second consecutive year the School of Dental Medicine has participated.

Jun 28, 2018
Edward Lynch (Dental) has just been elected again by his peers as the thirty-fifth most influential person in dentistry in 2018, The results were published in the UK Journal Dentistry in May. Lynch is one of the very few people to have been voted every year in the Top 50 influencers in Dentistry since this voting started 16 years ago.  

Jun 8, 2018
Karl Kingsley (Dental) gave an oral presentation titled "miR-365 and miR-720 Expression in Oral Squamous Cell Carcinomas" at the World Congress on Dental and Oral Health in Copenhagen, Denmark, earlier this month.