Accomplishments: School of Dental Medicine

April 2, 2018
School of Dental Medicine and the Military & Veteran Services Center received the $10,000 first-place prize in the NV Energy Foundation’s “Power of Good Giveaway” competition. More than 110 nonprofits statewide that support active duty military or military veterans participated in the contest. Nevada residents voted to determine the top three organizations in the northern and southern regions. The dental school will use its half of the award to support the Sgt. Clint Ferrin Memorial Clinic...
March 27, 2018
Dr. Karl Kingsley (Dental) and Dana Thimons (Libraries) published a research article in the current issue of Modern Research in Dentistry.
March 22, 2018
Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) co-authored “Aging Effects on Humoral Immune Responses in Chronic Periodontitis,” which concluded the adaptive immune responses to oral bacteria that chronically colonize the oral cavity appear generally unaffected by age, but clearly are linked to the extent of disease. The article appeared in the Journal of Clinical Periodontolgy’s February issue.
March 16, 2018
Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) co-authored “Activation of Notch-1 in Oral Epithelial Cells by P. gingivalis Triggers the Expression of the Antimicrobial Protein PLA2-IIA.” The article, which identifies new mechanistic information concerning the regulation of epithelial antimicrobial and pro-inflammatory responses, appeared in the journal Mucosal Immunology, which is the official publication of the Society for Mucosal Immunology.
March 15, 2018
Christine Ancajas (Dental) received a promotion to lieutenant colonel within the Nevada Army National Guard. Dr. Ancajas has served as the guard’s state dental officer for nearly 10 years and is responsible for the dental readiness of more than 3,200 soldiers. At UNLV School of Dental Medicine, she is the associate dean for admissions and student affairs.
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.