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School of Dental Medicine News

The School of Dental Medicine provides world-class oral health education while providing for the dental needs of Nevada residents.

Current Dental Medicine News

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Business and Community | December 31, 2020

As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.

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Research | December 1, 2020

Dr. Jeffrey Ebersole, professor of biomedical sciences at UNLV School of Dental Medicine, explains how leading vaccine candidates differ at the cellular level and what it could mean for their effectiveness.

People | September 18, 2020

School of Dental Medicine Alumna of the Year Dr. Brandi Dupont pursued a career in oral health to help better serve those in need.

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Business and Community | September 18, 2020

For nearly 20 years, UNLV Dental Medicine professor Christina Demopoulos has helped Southern Nevada children improve their dental health.

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Campus News | July 2, 2020

A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.

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People | June 29, 2020

The Dental School administrator says she has found dealing with the pandemic even more challenging than her former work as an undercover police officer.

Dental Medicine In The News

Pissed Consumer
December 23, 2020

This year, we’ve faced COVID-19, a new deadly virus that has changed our lives and brought up many new challenges like lockdowns, social distancing, and mask-wearing. To cope with the ongoing pandemic, scientists all over the world are competing to develop the COVID-19 vaccine that will be safe and effective.

KCBS RADIO
December 21, 2020

As more people wait to get a coronavirus vaccination, others are more skeptical of how it works, and if it works. To talk a little more about the biological aspects of the vaccine, KCBS Radio anchor Dan Mitchinson spoke with Dr. Jeffrey Ebersole, professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Pissed Consumer
December 18, 2020

PissedConsumer interviewed Dr. Jeffrey Ebersole, an immunologist at UNLV, to seek scientific explanation and answers to top COVID-19 vaccine questions: Are these COVID vaccines safe? Moderna VS. Pfizer: which is better? Why speed up vaccination? What are the side effects?

Nevada News Group
December 17, 2020

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee will make recommendations at a hearing on Thursday regarding the approval of one of the two leading vaccines for COVID-19, but in addition to the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness concerns, experts in Nevada are faced with determining how they will get approved doses to the people who need them.

The Millennial Source
December 13, 2020

As COVID-19 cases worldwide surpass 72 million, news of a vaccine has come as a light at the end of the dark tunnel that has been 2020. However, for many analysts, the coronavirus vaccine has raised questions about the future of vaccinations.

The Nevada Independent
December 10, 2020

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee will make recommendations at a hearing on Thursday regarding the approval of one of the two leading vaccines for COVID-19, but in addition to the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness concerns, experts in Nevada are faced with determining how they will get approved doses to the people who need them.

Dental Medicine Experts

A prolific researcher and expert on immunology and the immunobiology of oral infections. 
An expert in general dentistry, oral health, and animal dentistry.

Recent Dental Medicine Accomplishments

January 21, 2021
Dr. Linh Nguyen and Dr. Karl Kingsley (both Dental) published the manuscript "qPCR Screening of Pediatric Saliva Samples to Evaluate Effects of Dental Sealants on Cariogenic Bacteria Streptococcus Mutans and Scardovia Wiggsiae" in the latest issue of Enviro Dental Journal, along with three dental students Olivia Tsang, Kevin Major and Sonia...
December 8, 2020
Dr. Neamat Hassan and Dr. Hassan Ziada (both Dental) were awarded the International College of Dentists' Fellowship (USA section, 2020). The International College of Dentists is the Preeminent Global Dental Honor Society that recognizes outstanding professional achievements and meritorious services while advocating for humanitarian and educational...
November 20, 2020
Hassan Ziada (Dental) has accepted an invitation to be the guest editors for a special issue on "Advances of Endodontic Pain Control" in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  
November 20, 2020
Dr. Jessica Immonen (Dental) was elected to serve a two-year term as a member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomist's Branding and Promotion Committee to spearhead the evolution of the AACA's digital materials.
November 19, 2020
Drs. Neamat Hassan and Karl Kingsley (both Dental) are serving as guest editors for a special issue of the Journal of Functional Biomaterials titled "Recent Advances in Dental Implants and Biomaterials."
November 9, 2020
Dr. Ron Lemon (Dental) accepted a nomination to join a committee responsible for helping redesign the Western Regional Examining Board competency assessment exam that 40 states — including Nevada — use to license dental professionals. During his one-year term, Lemon and his fellow committee members will re-evaluate multiple aspects of the exam,...