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School of Dental Medicine News

As the only accredited dental school in Nevada, the School of Dental medicine provides world-class oral health education while providing for the dental needs of Nevada residents. With eight academic degree and advanced education certificate programs, students obtain the necessary skills to provide oral healthcare services to the community and make significant impacts to the field.

Current Dental Medicine News

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Campus News | May 16, 2023

News highlights featuring UNLV faculty and students who made local and national headlines.

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Research | May 11, 2023

UNLV study pinpoints 10 bacterial groups associated with Alzheimer’s disease, provides new insights into the relationship between gut makeup and dementia.

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People | April 18, 2023

Dr. Christina Demopoulos, a 2023 Community Engagement Award winner, broadens the scope of Dental School's service-learning course.

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Campus News | April 4, 2023

At the community outreach event, 200 members of the School of Dental Medicine provided 226 preventive and restorative treatments to more than 100 kids from local communities.

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People | March 20, 2023

The pediatric dentist was once a difficult patient herself. Now she's committed to serving children, particularly those who are neuro-atypical.

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People | September 14, 2022

Dr. Evelyn Herrera understands the importance of providing underserved communities with accessible dental health care.

Dental Medicine In The News

The Health Standard Newswire
May 24, 2023

New research is showing that an abundance of certain specific types of gut bacteria could be associated with the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Trial Site News
May 14, 2023

A growing body of evidence suggests that an imbalance of the human gut microbiome is associated with the development of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease (AD) via neuroinflammatory processes across the gut-brain axis. Now, researchers at the University of Las Vegas have identified 10 bacterial groups associated with Alzheimer’s disease, providing new insights into the relationship between the gut and dementia.

Asian News International
May 12, 2023

Specific types of gut bacteria and Alzheimer's disease are closely related.

Technology Networks
May 12, 2023

The UNLV team’s analysis found a significant correlation between 10 specific types of gut bacteria and the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Science Blog
May 11, 2023

The UNLV team’s investigation found a big link between ten particular types of gut bacteria and the chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease. 

Science Mag
May 11, 2023

The analysis — led by a team of researchers with the Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine (NIPM) at UNLV and published this spring in the Nature journal Scientific Reports — examined data from dozens of past studies into the belly-brain connection. The results? There’s a strong link between particular kinds of gut bacteria and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Recent Dental Medicine Accomplishments

May 12, 2023
Neamat Hassan and Karl Kingsley (both Dental) were recently appointed as guest editors for a special issue titled, "Advanced Biomaterials for Caries Prevention," in the Journal of Functional Biomaterials.  This special issue aims to publish innovative studies exploring recent updated materials and strategies for preventing dental caries. By…
May 5, 2023
Jessica Immonen (Dental) Ph.D., M.S., along with Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics resident Jeremy James D.M.D. published a paper titled, "Temporomandibular Joint Osteoarthritis Exacerbates with Restored Teeth: A Cadaveric Case Report," with the assistance of second year dental students Ceanna Robinson-Wiley, Megan Melocoton, Philip Friesen…
May 4, 2023
Dr. Jeffrey Ebersole and Linh Nguyen, Ph.D., MPH, (both Dental) co-authored “Gingival transcriptomic patterns of macrophage polarization during initiation, progression, and resolution of periodontitis,” which published March 24 in the journal Clinical and Experimental Immunology. Phenotypic and functional heterogeneity of macrophages is clearly a…
May 2, 2023
Dr. Neamat Hassan and Dr. Tanya Al-Talib (both Dental), and alumnae Dr. Audrey Morris and Dr. Patricia Grabowski (both Class of 2021) co-authored “Retrospective Analysis of the Correlation between TMD, Headache and Bruxism,” which published in the April issue of Open Journal of Stomatology. The study aimed to evaluate the association between…
May 2, 2023
Dr. Sonal Shah (Dental) was elected Councilor of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology by her fellow oral pathologists around the country. In this role, during her three-year term, she will help shape the future of the profession and the academy.
May 1, 2023
Members of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) voted for Dr. Christina Demopoulos (Dental) to serve as the organization’s president-elect. During her one-year term, Demopoulos will be a non-voting member of all AAPHD committees, will assist the president in fulfilling the AAPHD’s mission, and will handle other duties as…