Accomplishments: School of Dental Medicine

December 15, 2016
Karl Kingsley and Brady Petersen (both Dental) authored the publication "Differential Expression of miR-21, miR-133 and miR-155 from Exosome Fractions Isolated from Oral Squamous Cell Carcinomas In Vitro" in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Medical Discovery in November.  
November 23, 2016
Karl Kingsley (Dental) is the senior author of the article "Assessment of Oral Human Papillomavirus Prevalence in a Multi-ethnic Pediatric Clinic Population," which was published in the November/December edition of the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry. 
November 22, 2016
Daniel Orr (Dental) earned the 2016 Alumnus of the Year recognition for the College of Life Sciences at Brigham Young University. Each year, the university honors outstanding alumni from each college who have made significant contributions to their profession, community, nation, family, church, or university. Prior to the recognition ceremony, Dr. Orr gave a presentation titled “Advisors of Merit” during the university’s Alumni Achievement Lecture.  
November 14, 2016
Antonina Capurro (Dental Medicine) has been named Nevada state dental health officer. In her role, Dr. Capurro will provide clinical and public health leadership to Nevada’s oral health program, and will be the state’s spokesperson for oral health. Her office will be housed within the School of Dental Medicine.
November 10, 2016
Michael Sanders (Dental) accepted Gov. Brian Sandoval’s three-year appointment to the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners. Sanders is the first academic dentist appointed to the board in its history. The board protects the dental health interest of Nevadans by developing and maintaining programs that ensure only qualified professionals are licensed to practice dentistry and dental hygiene, and that violators of the laws regulating the dental and dental hygiene professions are sanctioned as...
November 4, 2016
Karl Kingsley (Dental) is the senior author of a new study, "Screening of a Pediatric and Adult Clinic Population for Caries Pathogen Scardovia Wiggsiae," published in the Journal of Clinical and Pediatric Dentistry.       
October 7, 2016
The School of Dental Medicine Class of 2019 participated in the school’s 14th White Coat Ceremony. Seventy-seven second year students were welcomed into the profession, marking the transition from preclinical training to treating actual patients. During the event, the school presented an honorary white coat to John Hunt, '79 BS Accounting, legal counsel for the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners, to recognize his many years of devoted service to dentistry within the state.
September 13, 2016
Tina Brandon Abbatangelo (Dental Medicine) and Ms. Nevada 2016, represented the Silver State during the 2017 Ms. America Pageant, which was held during the Labor Day weekend. She won the “Power of the Crown” award acknowledging the positive impact that winning the state title has made in her life. In addition to continuing her community service with many local organizations and speaking to young women interested in health professions, Dr. Brandon Abbatangelo will continue her work with the...
August 16, 2016
Peter Balle, Michel Daccache, Edward Herschaft, William Leavitt, Ronald Lemon, Robert Lockhart, George McAlpine, Jeff Moxley, Daniel Orr, Michael Sanders, Michael Saxe, Steven Saxe, and Rick Thiriot (all Dental) have been named by Desert Companion magazine as being among Southern Nevada’s Top Dentists for 2016. Winners are nominated by their peers, who consider years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new technology, and physical results. The publication’s list...
August 10, 2016
Dr. Wenlian Zhou and Dr. Rick Thiriot (Dental Medicine) met with faculty and students at Nankai University’s School of Medicine and Dentistry in Tianjin, China, to discuss comprehensive dental care and treatment planning. During the two-week visit, the professors presented five to six hours of classroom education each day, which included dental cases from the UNLV school’s patient population. The schools established a collaborative relationship six years ago. Nankai University invites UNLV...
August 9, 2016
The School of Dental Medicine hosted a tour for Dr. Marianela Garza Enriquez, director for accreditation and certification, and several other faculty members from the University of Nuevo Leon School of Dentistry (UANL), located in Monterrey, Mexico. UANL School of Dentistry is the third largest dental school in Mexico with approximately 3,000 students. Guided by UNLV’s Dr. William Davenport, the visitors learned about the United States’ model for competency-based dental education and the...
July 26, 2016
The School of Dental Medicine has hosted “Give Kids a Smile” since 2006. The program provides free dental examinations, X-rays, cleanings, treatments, and oral hygiene instructions to children who have limited or no access to dental care. During the past decade, the school has partnered with the Southern Nevada Dental Society to provide nearly $975,000 worth of oral health and dental care to 1,846 children during 11 events.