Accomplishments: School of Dental Medicine

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 appeared in the April issue of FASEB Bioadvances Journal.
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, science, or literature of dentistry. Honorary members are non-dental faculty or oral health care providers within the community who have made...
August 21, 2019
Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) accepted an invitation to speak during the first Bernhard Gottlieb Conference: Periodontal Homeostasis in Disease and Regeneration hosted by Texas A&M University College of Dentistry. He presented findings from his study "The Exposome and Periodontal Homeostasis in Aging," which included contributions from Linh Nguyen (Dental) and Arpita Basu (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), along with Dr. Ying Zhang from the Southern Nevada Health District. Gottlieb fled to...
August 13, 2019
Dr. Christina Demopoulos (Dental) accepted an invitation to present an integrated approach for promoting the HPV vaccine in a health care setting during the annual Texas Oral Health Conference in Austin. After the presentation, she received invitations to discuss the same topic during two national webinars. Demopoulos has been researching the association between HPV and oropharyngeal cancer for more than seven years and has led multiple presentations at the local, state, and national levels.
August 9, 2019
Dr. Benjamin Barborka and Dr. Ronald Lemon (both Dental) accepted invitations to speak during the Dentsply Sirona’s Endodontic Opinion Leaders Forum, which annually hosts some of the best endodontic educators and clinicians in the world. They were two of six speakers chosen from 25 applicants, and addressed the future of the endodontic specialty. Barborka presented a case study titled “IAN Damage Subsequent to BioCeramic Sealer Extrusion,” while Lemon presented "Last Dance for MTA: Apical...
August 5, 2019
Dr. Rachelle Davidowitz (Dental) recently published her manuscript "Salivary Screening for Selenomonas Noxia in the Oral Cavity of Pediatric Patients" with Dr. Katherine Howard and Dr. Karl Kingsley (both Dental) in the inaugural issue of Current Dental Research Journal. Davidowitz is a pediatric dental resident.
July 25, 2019
Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) co-authored “Biological Response to Peri-Implantitis Treatment,” which investigated biological markers of peri-implantitis (PIP) in crevicular fluid before and after surgical and antimicrobial therapy. The researchers concluded that elevated concentrations of interleukin-1β in peri-implant crevicular fluid (PICF) were consistent with PIP. They also noted that a decrease in matrix metalloproteinase-8 concentration within PICF three months after treatment is consistent...
July 1, 2019
Dr. James Mah (Dental) authored “Clear Aligner Therapy (CAT) in Two Hyperdivergent Patients,” which appeared in the June issue of the Journal of Aligner Orthodontics. His study presented complex clinical cases in which clear orthodontic aligners can be used with excellent results. The cases support the general notion that patients with increased facial dimensions can be treated with clear aligner therapy without adverse vertical changes.  
June 19, 2019
Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) accepted an invitation to be a plenary speaker during the first International Academy of Periodontology Research Conference, which brought together a unique collection of key opinion and thought leaders in periodontal research. The three-day conference addressed contemporary aspects of periodontology, and was attended by 85 delegates from 18 countries. The International Dental Journal published a meeting report about the conference in its May issue.  
June 19, 2019
Kenneth Izuora (Medicine), Gayle Allenback, Civon Gewelber, and Michael Neubauer (all Dental Medicine) presented the results from their research at the American Diabetes Association's 79th Scientific Sessions in San Francisco earlier this month. They looked at factors that were associated with having a diagnosis of osteoporosis among hospitalized patients with and without diabetes.  
June 12, 2019
Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) co-authored “Epidemiologic Evaluation of Nhanes for Environmental Factors and Periodontal Disease,” which appeared in the June issue of Nature Scientific Reports. The study’s findings indicated an array of environmental variables were different in periodontitis among smokers, former smokers, and non-smokers, with a subset of specific environmental variables identified in each population subset. Discriminating environmental factors included blood levels of lead,...