Accomplishments: School of Dental Medicine

February 26, 2018
Edward Lynch (Dental) was invited by the Scottish Postgraduate Education Group to present an Evidenced Based Clinical Dentistry eight-hour course earlier this month in Crieff, Scotland. He presented published research from the UNLV School of Dental Medicine, including the results from his research group's clinical trial just published this month in the prestigious journal Scientific Reports, Nature.
February 9, 2018
Edward Lynch (Dental) and co-workers have had another novel paper published in February 2018 in the prestigious journal Scientific Reports, Nature. The title is Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial on Bleaching Sensitivity and Whitening Efficacy of Hydrogen Peroxide versus Combinations of Hydrogen Peroxide and Ozone. This research assessed the clinical efficacy regarding bleaching sensitivity and tooth shade lightening using a standard hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) bleaching gel compared with the...
February 8, 2018
Ai-Sun "Kelly" Tseng (Life Sciences) and members of the Tseng laboratory recently published a research article titled "A Model for Investigating Developmental Eye Repair in Xenopus" in the journal Experimental Eye Research. This study showed the unexpected finding that frog embryos can fully regrow their eyes after injury. The authors also identified a method to control eye regrowth. Further studies of this model can lead to new strategies for eye repair and regeneration. This study was...
February 6, 2018
Innovation (Research & Economic Development), the university's research magazine, recently received a Bronze Award of Excellence from District VII of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). CASE Awards of Excellence showcase best practices in alumni relations, fundraising, public/government relations, advancement services, special events, and outstanding communications from districts across North America. The team members who produced the award-winning 2017 issue of...
January 30, 2018
Wenlian Zhou (Dental), Pearl Kim (Health Care Administration), Jay Shen (Community Health Sciences), Joseph Greenway (Center For Health Information Analysis), and Marcia Ditmyer (Dental) recently published an article, “Preventable Emergency Department Visits for Non-Traumatic Dental Conditions: Trends and Disparities in Nevada, 2009-2015," in the American Journal of Public Health, a top journal in the field of public health.    
January 29, 2018
Christina Demopoulos (Dental) leads the Seal Nevada South program for which the School of Dental Medicine has received a $7,500 award from Oral Health America. The program has provided more than 8,500 sealants to 2,500 children since 2010. Many of the children are uninsured and receive free follow-up dental care at the school’s Saturday Morning Children’s Clinic. This is the eighth consecutive year Oral Health America has financially supported the school to provide the sealant program.
January 26, 2018
Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) co-authored “Hypoxia Inducible Transcription Factors, HIF1A and HIF2A, Increase in Aging Mucosal Tissues,” which produced findings that hypoxic stress may exist in aging gingival tissues and may provide an explanatory molecular risk factor for pathogenic microbial challenges. The article appeared in the Jan. 16 issue of Immunology.
January 16, 2018
Dr. Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) co-authored “Patters of Systemic and Cervicovaginal Fluid Inflammatory Cytokines Throughout Pregnancy,” which determined that differences in cytokine distribution across different biological fluids are evident throughout pregnancy. The findings provide a framework for examining patterns of changes in cytokines throughout pregnancy. The article appeared in the second issue (2018) of the American Journal of Perinatology.
January 12, 2018
Kenneth Izuora (School of Medicine), Ammar Yousif (School of Medicine), Gayle Allenback, Civon Gewelber (School of Dental Medicine) and Michael Neubauer (School of Dental Medicine) presented "Dental Loss Among Hospitalized Patients with and without Diabetes" at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo held in Atlanta.  This poster presentation included results of an investigator initiated study designed to understand the clinical outcomes associated with dental loss among...
December 18, 2017
Dr. Karl Kingsley and Amy Tam (both Dental) published the research article "Microbial Ecology of Scardovia Wiggsiae-Positive and Negative Samples" in the Journal of Scientific Discovery in October.
December 18, 2017
Dr. Antonina Capurro, Dr. Elana Farfel, and Edward Lynch (all Dental) earned honors from the International Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics during the Greater New York Dental meeting. Capurro and Farfel graduated as academy fellows, and Lynch — also a fellow — received an award for Outstanding Research and Education in the Field of Dental Facial Esthetics. Lynch also was reappointed as international regent for the Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics. The academy is an honorary service...
December 13, 2017
Dr. Tina Brandon Abbatangelo (Dental) accepted an appointment to the dental advisory board for the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation. The organization provides advanced veterinary dental services to captive exotic animals located at facilities within the United States and around the world. She has volunteered with the foundation for 10 years.