Colgate and Academy for Academic Leadership Launch Online Faculty Training Program

Posted on July 19, 2017

Colgate-Palmolive announced the launch of an online faculty development program tailored to educators looking to start a research career.  The program, entitled “Foundations of Conducting Clinical Research” was developed in partnership with the Academy for Academic Leadership (AAL) and designed for faculty who wish to improve their understanding of research processes and who want to become more involved in the research capacities at their institutions.

The program focuses on the fundamentals of conducting oral health clinical research, and includes sessions on designing a clinical research study, scientific writing, data collection and management, basic statistics, ethical research practices, and how to publish scientific articles. It is also available to dental faculty who wish to incorporate the training within the dental school curriculum. Dr. Bruce Pihlstrom, a leader in dental research, narrates the six-module program.

“The program developed by Colgate and AAL allows every faculty member to learn about clinical research in an approachable manner,” shared Dr. Tobias E. Rodriguez, Vice President at AAL and the new program’s project lead. “The program was designed to help dental and dental hygiene educators learn about the fundamentals of clinical research, and support them as they begin studies of their own. Colgate’s efforts provide a rare opportunity to educators who otherwise wouldn’t have the time or resources to access a high-quality, in-depth training program.”  

Dr. Fotinos Panagakos, Global Director, Scientific Affairs for Colgate, was equally excited about launching this program. “Colgate, as a global leader in oral care, and consistent partner in the dental academic world, realized the need for this type of training. By partnering with a great organization like Academy for Academic Leadership, and delivering the content online, we can reach dental school faculty anywhere, around the world with this developmental training.

The program is hosted on the Colgate Dental Educators website, www.colgatedentaleducatorsnetwork.com.  Participants will need to register on the site using a unique access code to gain access. The required code is available from the country or regional Colgate professional representative and academic team. Dental school faculty members in the U.S. who are interested in participating in the new training program should contact the Colgate Academic Manager in their region (click here for a list of U.S. regional academic managers.) Those outside the U.S. can contact their local Colgate professional representative for more information and access.


 

UB Faculty Members Honored for Achievements in Dental Research and Pharmacology Education

Posted on July 18, 2017

BUFFALO, N.Y. – University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine faculty members Frank Scannapieco and Peter Bradford have been named 2017 fellows of prestigious academic societies in the fields of dental research and pharmacology.

Frank Scannapieco, DMD, PhD, chair and professor in the Department of Oral Biology in the UB School of Dental Medicine, was named a fellow of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR).

Peter Bradford, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Oral Biology in the UB School of Dental Medicine, was inducted as a fellow into the Academy of Pharmacology Educators within the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET).

AADR fellows are recognized for their leadership in the organization and contributions to the fields of oral, craniofacial and dental research. Elected fellows serve as ambassadors of excellence in research, act as advisors to AADR and mentor other members.

Scannapieco, also associate dean of faculty and professional development, leads the UB Department of Oral Biology, the first such department established in the U.S.

In addition to his teaching and mentoring activities, Scannapieco has conducted NIH-funded research on the mechanisms of dental plaque formation and their implications on health and disease. His other research interests include the interactions between saliva and bacteria, and the relationships between oral and systematic disease.

He has received more than $12 million in grant funding, published more than 125 articles in academic journals and has received numerous awards, including the William J. Gies Award for Achievement from the American Dental Education Association.

Scannapieco received a doctorate in dental medicine from the University of Connecticut and a doctorate in oral biology from UB. He has been on the UB dental school faculty since 1987. He resides in Clarence.

Fellowship in the Academy of Pharmacology Educators is presented by the ASPET Division for Pharmacology Education and is bestowed upon recipients for their innovative contributions to education, student-teacher interactions, professional development, scholarly endeavors and service to the field.

Bradford, also the co-founder of the New York Pharmacology Society chapter of ASPET, focuses his research on how hormones and nutrients affect cell growth, differentiation and survival. He discovered how natural estrogens and dietary phytochemicals contribute to bone growth, and he helped identify factors that inhibit the growth of prostate and breast cancers.

He is the author of numerous journal articles and books, including “Nutrition and Cancer Prevention” and “Adipose Tissue and Inflammation.” He also served for 10 years on the editorial board of the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Biology.

Bradford was the recipient of the Outstanding Dental Educator Award in 2014 and the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015. He is also active in teaching continuing dental education courses and served for eight years as director of graduate studies for the UB Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

He earned a doctorate and master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Rochester, and a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from the University at Albany.

 

AACD Charitable Foundation to Host 5th Annual Virtual Race for Smiles to Benefit Domestic Violence Survivors

Posted on July 17, 2017

Between October 13th and October 15th, participants around the country will help survivors of domestic and sexual violence receive life-changing smile restorations by participating in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation's (AACDCF) Virtual Race for Smiles. Race for Smiles participants choose to participate in a physical activity like running, biking or yoga while wearing their official Race for Smiles t-shirt.

The event benefits the AACDCF's Give Back a Smile (GBAS) program. GBAS restores the damaged smiles of survivors of domestic and sexual violence who've received dental injuries from the violence. One in four women is a victim of domestic violence, and 75% of battering occurs to the head and face, resulting in a tremendous amount of dental injuries. The program has restored more than 1,700 smiles nationwide and is looking to help even more survivors.

The annual Virtual Race for Smiles takes place during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

"The Virtual Race for Smiles is a great opportunity for communities around the world to raise awareness of some of the devastating effects of domestic violence. In addition, by registering for the event, participants help those who have received dental injuries due to the violence get life-changing smile restorations through the Give Back a Smile program," said Lisa Fitch, AACDCF Director.


For more information and to register for the Virtual Race for Smiles, click here.

CEREC®: An Open, Complete CAD/CAM System with Smart Software

Posted on July 14, 2017

The new CEREC Software 4.5 offers the same great features as previous versions, but enhances the user experience with various updates- including increased process efficiencies and STL exports- to the current platform

With the market launch of the new CEREC Software 4.5 and the opening of the CEREC system to export data from the digital impression, Dentsply Sirona has satisfied two key wishes expressed by dentists. This software takes the system operation to a whole new level – it is now simpler than ever to plan and produce a CEREC restoration. For new users, this is a clear and well-supported system; for more experienced users, the special features are easy to find and apply, meaning everyone benefits from enhanced performance. Since initiated processes continue to run in the background, the entire procedure is significantly quicker. In addition, opening the system to allow the export of scan data makes new options available. Dentists can now use the CEREC Omnicam scans in cooperation with their dental laboratory or other clinical planning software.

“Since its inception more than three decades ago, CEREC has been synonymous with single-visit dentistry, providing the most intuitive workflow for a complete restorative solution,” said Director of CAD/CAM Marketing for the U.S. RCO Louis Vodopivec. “Remaining at the industry forefront, each product upgrade or software release reflects the ever-evolving landscape of digital dentistry and thus the needs of CEREC users, and such is the case with CEREC Software 4.5. This new software allows users to utilize a larger array of solutions, expanding their patient offerings.”

This new simplicity is the product of intelligent software tools. Compact tool bars that show all options at a glance cut down the time spent searching and scrolling. Many of the steps run automatically: Restorations, such as inlays, onlays, crowns and veneers, are automatically detected by the software and the insertion axis is also defined automatically. Improved safety and security come from the further improved biogeneric initial proposals that match the patient's needs perfectly, even in difficult anatomic situations, based on the Biojaw algorithm. To assess the tooth color, the software uses the "Shade Analysis" function to analyze the scan and indicate the tooth color as a Vita Classic or Vita 3D Master shade. Overall, this allows the dentist to make an even more reliable assessment of the intraoral situation.

The restoration is then prepared in just two steps instead of four, the model axis is set and the preparation margin is entered using automatic margin finder – that's it. After checking the occlusal and proximal contacts of the desired restoration, the milling and grinding process can be started. Thanks to the even further refined milling strategy, the fit of final restorations has been further improved, particularly for complex constructions.

Kulzer Service Organization Launched to Provide Unprecedented Customer Support

Posted on July 13, 2017

South Bend, IN 07/13/2017. Kulzer today announced the launch of the Kulzer Service Organization to significantly enhance the support the company provides to customers of its rapidly evolving products and solutions in the United States and Canada.

“As we continue to launch highly innovative, service-oriented equipment and software products, it is essential that we provide our valued customers with a level of support that enables them to take full advantage of these products’ unique benefits,” said Mathew Mulherin, Kulzer Vice President, Sales & Marketing, USA & Canada. “We believe the design of the Kulzer Service Organization reflects the innovation of the award-winning products it’s been created to support.”

Over the past several months, Kulzer executives and managers have worked to design a new kind of organization to give its customers an exemplary service experience regardless of whom in the organization they are speaking to or what issue they are trying to resolve. The Kulzer Service Organization Mission Statement reads as follows:

To provide unprecedented service to our customers by combining our unsurpassed product knowledge, digital expertise and long-standing experience to resolve customer concerns, technical issues and questions with exceptional efficacy, efficiency and warmth.

“Having a single service organization encompassing various areas of focus and expertise will allow us to better manage the service experience holistically and deliver a truly world-class customer experience,” said Mr. Mulherin. “We pride ourselves on our loyalty to our customers, and we feel the support we’ll be providing with the Kulzer Service Organization, coupled with the quality of our products, will only enhance the Kulzer experience for our loyal customers.”

The new service organization will be available to answer questions from dental practices and labs, distributor sales representatives, the Kulzer sales team, and even patients. The reduction in touch points will make the customer support experience much more efficient, and the improvement in outcomes will make the experience much more fruitful.

“Everything we do at Kulzer starts with the question, ‘How can we provide better value to our customers?’,” said Mr. Mulherin. “We are confident that the Kulzer Service Organization will be of great benefit to our customers in the immediate future, and of even greater benefit as it grows and evolves over time.”

Law Introduced Requiring Disclosure of Country of Origin for All Dental Prosthetics in Erie County

Posted on July 12, 2017

A new law, introduced by Erie County Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo, takes aim at increasing the safety of dental prosthetics through increased disclosure and transparency. This law would require either the manufacturer of the dental prosthesis or the dentist handling the final placement to disclose the country of origin for both the raw materials and the manufactured product. Prosthetics covered by the law include dentures, veneers, crown/bridge materials, implants, and other items.

“Today I introduced a law to address a health safety issue in our community that is long overdue. Currently, there are no regulations requiring disclosure of the place of origin for dental prosthetics or their raw materials that could be implanted into people’s mouths. The United States has federal regulations requiring the disclosure of the fiber content, country of origin, manufacturer identity, and care instructions for clothing, but literally nothing for dental. This is shocking and disappointing, especially in light of the potential for the use of lead in some prosthetics manufactured overseas. In Erie County, that stops today. Under this law, both manufacturers and retailers of dental prosthetics will be required to disclose the country of origin of the raw materials used in the devices, as well as the country where they were manufactured. I sincerely hope that my colleagues will support this common sense legislation so that we can start a groundswell across the country. People have a right to know where dental devices are coming from before having them implanted into their mouths,” said Majority Leader Lorigo.

The announcement of the law was made at Evolution Dental Science Laboratory on Tuesday, July 11. Also in attendance were Andy Jakson, CEO of Evolution Dental; Dr. Ronald Jarvis, DDS, MSD; Joe Procopio, President of Pro-Esthetics Dental Lab; and Dr. Ian Walker, DDS.

“We are excited to have Legislator Lorigo and the Erie County Legislature put the safety of Erie County’s dental patients first,” said Andy Jakson, CEO of Evolution Dental. “This critical legislation moves the dental industry into the 21st century. Dental prosthetics manufactured from inferior materials in third world countries can be unsafe to the oral health of individuals.”

More information regarding this law can be found at the Erie County Legislature.

No Link Found Between Academic Test Results and Early Oral Cleft Surgery

Posted on July 12, 2017

The Cleft Palate–Craniofacial Journal – Researchers have often suspected that early exposure to surgery and anesthesia is linked to cognitive impairment later in life. It has been thought that due to the timing of oral cleft surgeries, which are typically performed at an extremely young age, children with an oral cleft often experience cognitive dysfunction and academic underachievement. However, a recent study suggests that poor results on academic exams of children born with oral clefts are not related to early exposure to general anesthesia.

Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark and the University of Iowa recently published a study in the current issue of The Cleft Palate–Craniofacial Journal examining this theory. Because the definite age of maximum vulnerability to general anesthesia is unknown and widely debated, it is unclear whether academic achievement among adolescents is affected by undergoing oral cleft surgery at an early age. The researchers suspected that any potential neurotoxic effect caused by extensive exposure to anesthesia at an early age would show up in poor test results in ninth-grade final exams.

The researchers based their study on 558 adolescents from a nationwide Danish registry who had undergone surgery for cleft lip, cleft palate, or both while young. The researchers found that 509 of the oral cleft children had been exposed to anesthesia and had undergone at least one cleft operation. They compared the level of academic achievement of the students in the registry against that of a control group.

Although children with a cleft lip, cleft palate, or both are exposed to anesthesia early and often, the researchers found no significant difference for teens with a cleft lip or with both a cleft lip and a cleft palate when they compared their ninth-grade test scores with those of teenagers in the control group. However, students with only a cleft palate did have lower test scores than those of students in the control group. Children with a cleft palate only are generally older when surgery is performed than children with other types of clefts.

“This finding is remarkable,” said Dr. Nicola Clausen of the research group. “Studies like the present one cannot definitely prove that anesthetic drugs do not harm developing brains. However, it can put the potential threats into perspective because other factors more importantly impact these children’s neurocognitive development.”

The researchers concluded that oral cleft type, rather than the timing of anesthesia or number of cleft operations, is linked to poorer academic performance. Although the researchers saw no evidence in their study to suggest surgeons need to change their anesthetic methods, a neurotoxic effect due to anesthetics cannot be completely dismissed.

Full text of the article “Oral Clefts and Academic Performance in Adolescence: The Impact of Anesthesia-Related Neurotoxicity, Timing of Surgery, and Type of Oral Clefts,” The Cleft Palate–Craniofacial Journal, Vol. 54, No. 4, 2017, is now available at http://www.cpcjournal.org/doi/full/10.1597/15-185.

 

DentSPY Sirona World presents an Evening of Espionage

Posted on July 12, 2017

Stir up a good time with fellow event attendees as Dentsply Sirona wraps up the Dentsply Sirona World 2017 with this covert closing party.

DentSPY Sirona World: An Evening of Espionage, hosted at TAO Nightclub, adjacent to The Venetian and The Palazzo, on Saturday, Sept. 16, is inspired by the legendary spy films, series and secret operatives that have dominated the airwaves and left us fantasizing of leading a double-life.

Following three days of extensive educational content and evenings studded with superb celebrity entertainment, complete your Dentsply Sirona World mission at the attendee-favorite closing party. Partygoers can assume an alias and infiltrate the room in their best black-tie attire, or give it all away dressed as one of their favorite spies or villains. Get creative! There’s a prize for the best dressed guest!

This top-secret soiree is exclusive to Dentsply Sirona World attendees.  Doors open at 7 p.m. (6:30 p.m. for VIPs) and close at 10 p.m., as the club opens to the public at 10:30 p.m. The party includes a hosted premium bar throughout the duration of the party and heavy hors d’oeuvres from 7-9 p.m. 

Dr. Neal Patel (who is also an educational speaker at Dentsply Sirona World) will again guest DJ for a duration of the party. Dr. Patel spun at the rockin’ closing party at CEREC 30 in 2015. Professional photographers will also be on site to capture guests’ favorite moments throughout the evening and at the attendee-favorite Step and Repeat.

“Dentsply Sirona has set the precedent for what dental professionals expect of conferences in the dental community,” said Senior Vice President of the U.S. Commercial Organization Michael Augins. “Our organization is celebrated not only for providing exceptional education, but also for the entertainment we provide and the lively parties we host for attendees as a tradition, one in which we plan to continue.”

Per TAO’s policies, nobody under the age of 21 will be admitted under any circumstances. Additionally, no person wearing a face mask will be permitted inside the nightclub and no weapons of any kind (real or imitation) are permitted. Entry to the party is on a first-come, first-served basis and therefore Dentsply Sirona cannot guarantee admittance, so be sure to arrive early!

Click here for more information on Dentsply Sirona World 2017

Study Shows Blocking Yeast-Bacteria Interaction May Help Target Severe Childhood Tooth Decay

Posted on July 12, 2017

PHILADELPHIA, July 11, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Though most tooth decay can be blamed on bacteria, such as Streptococcus mutans, the fungus Candida albicans may be a joint culprit in an alarmingly common form of severe tooth decay affecting toddlers known as early childhood caries.

In earlier research, a team from Penn Dental Medicine had found that C. albicans, a type of yeast, took advantage of an enzyme produced by S. mutans to form a particularly intractable biofilm. In a new study, the researchers have pinpointed the surface molecules on the fungus that interact with the bacterially-derived protein. Blocking that interaction impaired the ability of yeast to form a biofilm together with S. mutans on the tooth surface, pointing to a novel therapeutic strategy.

"Instead of just targeting bacteria to treat early childhood caries, we may also want to target the fungi," said Hyun (Michel) Koo, senior author on the study and a professor in the Department of Orthodontics and Divisions of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health. "Our data provide hints that you might be able to target the enzyme or cell wall of the fungi to disrupt the plaque biofilm formation."

Koo collaborated on the work with Penn Dental Medicine's Geelsu Hwang, the first author and a research assistant professor, as well as Yuan Liu, Dongyeop Kim and Yong Li. Damian J. Krysan of the University of Rochester was also a coauthor. The research appears in the journal PLoS Pathogens.

The findings point to a new direction for treatment of early childhood caries. The current standard of care, beyond the use of fluoride as a preventive approach, is to target only the bacteria with antimicrobials, or to use surgical interventions if the tooth decay has become too severe.

"This disease affects 23 percent of children in the United States and even more worldwide," said Koo. "In addition to fluoride, we desperately need an agent that can target the disease-causing biofilms and in this case not only the bacterial component but possibly also the Candida."

Koo and colleagues are now working on novel therapeutic approaches for targeted interventions, which can be potentially developed for clinical use.

The research is supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research grants DE025220 and DE025728.

 

DentSPY Sirona World Presents an Evening of Espionage to Close the Second Annual Ultimate Dental Meeting

Posted on July 11, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 11, 2017) –Hosted at TAO Nightclub, adjacent to The Venetian and The Palazzo, on Saturday, Sept. 16, DentSPY Sirona World: An Evening of Espionage is inspired by the legendary spy films, series and secret operatives that have dominated the airwaves and left us fantasizing of leading a double-life.

Following three days of extensive educational content and evenings studded with superb celebrity entertainment, complete your Dentsply Sirona World mission at the attendee-favorite closing party. Partygoers can assume an alias and infiltrate the room in their best black-tie attire, or give it all away dressed as one of their favorite spies or villains. Get creative! There’s a prize for the best dressed guest!

This top-secret soiree is exclusive to Dentsply Sirona World attendees.  Doors open at 7 p.m. (6:30 p.m. for VIPs) and close at 10 p.m., as the club opens to the public at 10:30 p.m. The party includes a hosted premium bar throughout the duration of the party and heavy hors d’oeuvres from 7-9 p.m. 

Dr. Neal Patel (who is also an educational speaker at Dentsply Sirona World) will again guest DJ for a duration of the party. Dr. Patel spun at the rockin’ closing party at CEREC 30 in 2015. Professional photographers will also be on site to capture guests’ favorite moments throughout the evening and at the attendee-favorite Step and Repeat.

“Dentsply Sirona has set the precedent for what dental professionals expect of conferences in the dental community,” said Senior Vice President of the U.S. Commercial Organization Michael Augins. “Our organization is celebrated not only for providing exceptional education, but also for the entertainment we provide and the lively parties we host for attendees as a tradition, one in which we plan to continue.”

Per TAO’s policies, nobody under the age of 21 will be admitted under any circumstances. Additionally, no person wearing a face mask will be permitted inside the nightclub and no weapons of any kind (real or imitation) are permitted. Entry to the party is on a first-come, first-served basis and therefore Dentsply Sirona cannot guarantee admittance, so be sure to arrive early!

Located at The Venetian and The Palazzo from Sept. 14-16, Dentsply Sirona World 2017 combines industry-leading education with extraordinary entertainment. Register today for the second annual Ultimate Dental Meeting and be among the thousands of dental professionals leading the charge in making dentistry better, safer and faster.

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