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School of Dental Medicine News

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Current Dental Medicine News

A man in a labcoat leans over various dental instruments.
Research | September 12, 2019

UNLV researchers offer a new treatment option for age-related gum disease.

Christine Ancajas standing in a dentist office.
People | August 5, 2019

Her childhood experiences with dental problems fueled her career interests.

Exterior of UNLV School of Dental Medicine Building
People | July 17, 2019

García is an accomplished researcher, teacher, and administrator whose leadership and advocacy have been recognized nationally; she begins at UNLV Sept. 1.

woman working on wax model of skull
Campus News | March 26, 2019

UNLV dental students build up models rather than dissect cadavers to learn the physical landmarks of the jaw.

Dr. Neamat Hassan poses in front of student Jared Link, who is conducting research.
People | February 11, 2019

After traveling the world to pursue and complete her education, she says she came to UNLV because of its wonderful diversity and strong research agenda.

Ashley Hoban
People | October 11, 2018

Dr. Ashley Hoban, School of Dental Medicine Alumna of the Year, keeps kids smiling.

Dental Medicine In The News

New Dentist Blog
September 16, 2019

As student focusing on pediatric emergency medicine, Dr. Antonina Capurro volunteered to work on a mobile clinic as a way of broadening her pre-med experience.

Dentistry Today
April 5, 2019

Dental students typically dissect cadavers to learn about human anatomy. The University of Las Vegas Nevada School of Dental Medicine, however, uses a different approach. The second-year students in Clinically Oriented Anatomy use colored dental wax and thread to build anatomically correct models of the skull over the seven-week course.

Dentistry Today
March 19, 2019

The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Dental Medicine to support its Saturday Morning Community Clinics, which provide care to underinsured and uninsured populations throughout Southern Nevada. 

DOCS Education
January 16, 2019

This story – a somebody-said-something-they-shouldn't-have story – went viral overnight and led to the cancellation of two days of dental appointments for a Rochester, NY practice, and nationwide bad press.

Conjour Magazine
October 25, 2018

Dr. Tina Brandon Abbatangelo works to improve the oral health of captive exotic animals across America. This has boosted her concern over the exotic pet trade, particularly in her home state of Nevada where there are no specific laws surrounding the practice. She wrote about her experiences within, and views on, the industry for Conjour.

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 23, 2018

Karen West, dean of the UNLV School of Dental Medicine, submitted her resignation in early October.

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Recent Dental Medicine Accomplishments

October 11, 2019
Kenneth Izuora (Medicine), Edwin Oh (NIPM), Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental), and Arpita Basu (Kinesiology & Nutrition Sciences), along with Aaron Calvano, '19 BS Kinesiology, published an invited review in Food & Function based on their ongoing collaborations on the role of dietary bioactive compounds in diabetes, insulin resistance, and...
October 10, 2019
Marie Louisa Heske, Teryn Mendenhall, and Dr. Karl Kingsley (all Dental) recently published their manuscript "HPV-16 and HPV-18 Affects Viability and Proliferation in Normal Breast Tissue Cells" in the International Research Journal of Oncology. Heske and Mendenhall are students mentored by Kingsley.
September 19, 2019
Pearl Kim, Jay Shen, Hee-Taik Kang, Dong-Hun Han (all Health Care Administration and Policy), Seong-Min Park (Criminal Justice), Georgia Dounis (Dental), Tsigab Bahta, and Ji Won Yoo (both Medicine), along with Sung-Youn Chun, Jinwook Hwang, and Yong-Jae Lee, published an article, "Dissociation Between the Growing Opioid Demands and Drug Policy...
September 13, 2019
Dr Karl Kingsley (Dental) and Dr. Douglas Bowen, '19 Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry, recently published their manuscript, "Screenng for Oral High-Risk Human Papillomavirus (HPV) among a Pediatric Patient Population" in the Journal of Advances in Medicine and Medical Research.  
September 6, 2019
Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) co-authored “Inhibition of Osteoclastogenesis by Opsonized Porphyromonas Gingivalis,” which investigated pathogenesis of periodontal disease and the role of specific adaptive immune responses, as well as the effects of antibodies on porphyromonas gingivalis-induced osteoclasts differentiation and function. The article...
September 5, 2019
Dr. Monique "Flora" Phipps and Fiona Britton (both Dental) have been inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society, Psi Omega chapter, in the Faculty Member and Honorary Member categories, respectively. Faculty member inductees are full-time or part-time teachers at a dental school who have made outstanding contributions to the art...