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dental medicine Accomplishments

Dec 5, 2018
Dr. Edward Lynch (Dental) led a presentation and workshop about silver diamine fluoride (SDF) during the Greater New York Dental Meeting, which focused on a UNLV School of Dental Medicine systematic research review, providing full evidenced-based guidelines for using SDF. He also received an award for excellence in research from the International Academy for Dental-Facial Esthetics and was invited to be the sole presenter during the academy’s annual lecture at the Greater New York Dental Meeting. His presentation, “Novel Pharmaceutical Approaches to the Management of Dental Caries,” included research data from several studies conducted by faculty at UNLV School of Dental Medicine that had been published in high-impact research journals.  

Nov 20, 2018
Jeffrey Ebersole and Linh Nguyen (Dental) and Arpita Basu (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) co-authored “Age and Periodontal Health – Immunological View,” which focused on biological aging instead of chronological aging to help account for population variation in disease expression. The findings may suggest that chronic periodontitis represents a co-morbidity that contributes to “gerovulnerability” within the population. The study appears in print within the December issue of Current Oral Health Reports.    

Nov 19, 2018
Dr. Christina Demopoulos (Dental) received the “Outstanding Community Partner” award from Acelero Learning for her continued commitment and advocacy to children, families, and Acelero Learning Clark County Head Start programs. She is leading an early childhood caries prevention project sponsored by Oral Health America that is designed to reduce the incidence of childhood cavities among children enrolled in 68 federally funded Early Head Start and Head Start Centers throughout Nevada. Acelero leaders said Dr. Demopoulos has become an integral part of their learning centers and programs throughout Nevada.

Nov 8, 2018
Dr. Edward Lynch (Dental) accepted an invitation to be the primary speaker during the International Frontiers in Ozone Conference, and Ozone Therapies Group annual meeting. While there, he presented more than 14 hours of lectures and workshops to a collection of dentists, doctors, veterinarians, scientists, and academics from around the world. He also received the organization’s prestigious annual award for Best Worldwide Research about Ozone, as well as the Lifetime Achievement award.

Nov 7, 2018
Kenneth Izuora, Ammar Yousif (both Medicine), Civon Gewelber, and Michael Neubauer (both Dental), along with Gayle Allenback, are the authors of an article appearing in the Journal of Investigative Medicine. This was the result of an investigator-initiated study conducted at the University Medical Center (UMC) that looked at health outcomes associated with dental loss in a cross-section of hospitalized patients with and without diabetes mellitus.

Nov 1, 2018
Karl Kingsley and Joseph Cinelli (both Dental) published the manuscript "Assessment of Dental Pulp Stem Cell (DPSC) Biomarkers Following Induction with Bone Morphogenic Protein 2 (BMP-2)" in the Journal of Advances in Biology and Biotechnology with Erica Nguyen (UNLV undergraduate student).

Oct 29, 2018
Karl Kingsley and Christopher Kypuros (both Dental) presented "Creating  an LGBT Cultural Competency Module at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas – School of Dental Medicine" at the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association annual conference in Las Vegas earlier this month.  

Oct 18, 2018
Katherine Howard (Dental) is the senior author of "Alterations in Oral Cancer Gene Expression in Response to Melatonin" in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medical Research with Arin Hartounian, Guillermo Alessandro Retis, and Karl Kingsley (all Dental).

Oct 17, 2018
UNLV School of Dental Medicine faculty and students participated in a recent remote area medical event in Pahrump and provided routine tooth extractions, surgical extractions, and front teeth restorations free of charge to approximately 15 children and 110 adults. The volunteering dental students worked more than eight hours during their Saturday and Sunday shifts. Medical exams and vision checks also were provided to people in need. The School of Dental Medicine has been asked to participate again next year.

Oct 8, 2018
Drs. Edward Lynch and Martin Grootveld (both Dental) co-authored “Fluoride Releasing Capacity of Newly Developed Atraumatic Restorative Materials” in the international online, open-access, peer-reviewed Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences. The collaborative study included faculty from UNLV School of Dental Medicine; NITTE University department of oral biology and genomic studies, India; the global child dental health unit in Kings College London; and the bioanalytical chemistry and chemical pathology in the biomedical & environmental health department in De Montfort University, United Kingdom. The team developed two new and cost-effective atraumatic restorative treatment materials and assessed their fluoride-releasing capacities. Both biomaterials released fluoridethroughout the physiologically-relevant study time periods. Fluoride ion-release is effective in the prevention of secondary caries (cavities), and the materials could be considered a less invasive approach to managing holes in teeth.