Accomplishments: School of Dental Medicine

May 10, 2019
Dr. Edward Lynch (Dental) co-authored “Performance and Safety of Handheld, Portable X-ray Units,” which appears in the April issue of the Journal of the Greater Houston Dental Society. The findings indicated that new hand-held radiography units were clinically acceptable, with the anticipated operator dose well below the annual occupational limits. The new method allows the use of radiographs to assess or confirm the success of treatment within an operatory, thereby increasing efficiency in...
May 7, 2019
Katherine Howard, Karl Kingsley, Matthew Hunsaker, and Greta Barba (all Dental) published the manuscript "Differential MicroRNA Expression of miR-21 and miR-155 within Oral Cancer Extracellular Vesicles in Response to Melatonin" in the May issue of Dentistry Journal. Hunsaker and Barba are seniors in the doctor of dental medicine program. 
April 30, 2019
Drs. Larry Hon, Mohamed Ahmed, and Edward Lynch (all Dental) co-authored "Reliability of Colour and Hardness Clinical Examinations in Detecting Dentine Caries Severity: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis," which appears in the April issue of Scientific Reports – Nature. The study systematically reviewed, for the first time, the accuracy and reliability of dentine color and hardness as indicators for carious (cavity) activity. Results revealed that a hardness clinical examination is more...
April 25, 2019
Dr. Christina Demopoulos and Marcia Ditmyer (both Dental) accepted invitations to speak and be part of a discussion panel during the National Oral Health Conference. Demopoulos presented “Building the Field: AAPHD Foundation Horowitz Scholars and Small Grant Recipients Impact on Dental Public Health,” and both presented “Tools to Improve Work-Life Balance and Reduce Burnout.” Now in its 20th year, the conference is the premier meeting for professionals who are interested in improving the public...
April 24, 2019
Dr. Edward Lynch (Dental) co-authored with mentee and doctoral student Divya P Kumari “Development of a new atraumatic restorative treatment material incorporated with Azadirachta indica (Neem) as an antibacterial agent,” which concluded the newly developed treatment material had properties acceptable for clinical use, was non-mutagenic, and could be used as one of the safer atraumatic restorative clinical treatment materials. Kumari completed her doctorate at the K.S. Hegde Medical Academy in...
April 23, 2019
Dr. Edward Lynch (Dental Medicine) accepted a one-year appointment as Dentistry Board Member for the Global Outreach Medical & Health Association. The association, which comprises representatives from 20 countries, promotes and provides accreditation, certification, education, training and other resources for organizations, professionals and students within the medical and health professions.
April 17, 2019
Lacey Rahmig (Dental) authored “Oral Healthcare Education for the Nursing Staff,” which explores the need for oral healthcare education among nursing staff working in long-term care facilities. The article appears in the fall 2018 issue of Workforce Education Forum.
April 11, 2019
Elena Farfel, Justin Orton, Richard Foote, and Karl Kingsley (all Dental) recently published their manuscript, "Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester (CAPE) Induces Oral Cancer Cell Apoptosis," in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Biomedical Science and Research. Orton and Foote are dental students, while Kingsley is a faculty member and Farfel is a faculty member and dentist.
April 9, 2019
Jason Klingler and Karl Kingsley (both Dental) published their manuscript "Aggregatibacter Ctinomycetemcomitans and Fusobacterium Nucleatum Prevalence Correlates with Salivary Microbial Burden in Orthodontic Patients" in the International Journal of Dental Research and Reviews.
April 9, 2019
Dr. Edward Lynch (Dental) co-presented a poster titled “Protocol for Anti-microbial Photodynamic Therapy (aPDT), with a Biofilm Remover and a Multiple Wavelength Diode Laser, for the Treatment of periodontitis” at the Biophotonics conference in March.
April 8, 2019
Cale Forgues and Karl Kingsley (both Dental) recently published their manuscript "Effects of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) Alone and in Combination on Rapidly Dividing Dental Pulp Stem Cells (DPSC)" in the journal EC Dental Sciences.
April 8, 2019
Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) co-authored “Microbiome Profiles of Ligature-Induced Periodontitis in Nonhuman Primates Across the Lifespan,” which appeared in the March issue of Infection and Immunity. The study compared the microbiome colonizing teeth during the initiation, progression, and resolution of periodontitis in nonhuman primates at different ages, and furthered understanding about the crucial interactions of the oral microbiome and host responses in periodontitis. Ebersole also co-...