First Thursday College of Dentistry News
Message from the Dean


Dear Colleagues:  



The week before last, several faculty members, many of our students, and I attended the annual meetings of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) in Florida. These are my favorite meetings of the year because every dental school in North America is represented, and there are presentations on almost any education or research topic one can imagine. Each meeting has rows and rows of exhibitors, some commercial and others informational. You get to hear the latest on whatever interests you, and you can get answers from the experts on almost any question. Another great feature for me is the fact that I get to meet with nearly all the dental school deans from the U.S. and Canada, and we get a chance to discuss the pressing issues facing dental education and research.


I was particularly looking forward to this year's meetings because this was the first time I'd see our faculty and students presenting their work at a national gathering. I planned each day so I could attend as many of their presentations as possible, all of which totaled 54. I also looked forward to the annual tradition of being introduced as one of the new deans at the meeting - another great opportunity to promote Ohio State and the many things we're planning to do. I could hardly wait to get to Florida!


All this was exciting enough, but there were also three great bits of news that came my way during the meetings. The first was an email from Michael Bailey, one of our immunologists, who told me that his NIH grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine National Institutes of Health had been funded for five years at a total of $1.9 million dollars. At a time when NIH funding is more competitive than ever, this news was a real boost for Michael, for me, and for our entire college. The timing couldn't have been better!


Two days later, I received the news that the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Office of Education and Research Training had informed Vivian Ariail, a D2 student, that her application for the Student Summer Research Program had been accepted. This great news was even more special because this was the first time our college had nominated a student for this summer-long program, and only a few students are chosen for this competitive award. Vivian will spend eight weeks at the National Institutes of Health, working with Dr. Jacqueline Mays, a College of Dentistry DDS/PhD program graduate who is now a nationally recognized researcher on the subject of chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD). What a great opportunity for Vivian, and what a wonderful way to start a new college tradition!


The third exciting news item came to me just minutes before our reception at the AADR meeting. I was told that Michael Border, a D1 student, had won first place in the Dentsply/Caulk Student Research competition. This award that recognizes student research excellence is an honor in itself, but the fact that one of our first-year students won it is just phenomenal!


I was so pleased and proud to attend this year's ADEA and AADR meetings as Ohio State's new dean of the College of Dentistry. It gave me a chance to brag about the accomplishments of our students and faculty to more than a hundred guests who attended our reception.


I left Florida with a sense of pride and satisfaction that carried me through the following week. Of all the great moments I've had since I became dean, this was a high point I'll remember for years to come!



College News

College of Dentistry Represented at AADR Annual Meeting 

The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) held the 41st Annual Meeting & Exhibition on March 21-24 in Tampa, Fla. Five faculty and 39 student presenters from the college were in attendance.



ASDA Students Attend Annual Session 


17 College of Dentistry students, the largest number from a single school, represented the Ohio State chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) at the ASDA Annual Session in Minneapolis. 


The college's chapter won the ASDA Gold Crown for Best Website in Competition. Other honors were received by D2 student Michael Pappas, who was awarded the Ryan Turner Memorial Scholarship and the District 6 Delegate of the Year award.  


ODA Day at the Statehouse


College of Dentistry students participated in the ODA's "Day at the Statehouse" on March 14.   

This annual advocacy event provides ODA member dentists and dental students with the opportunity to speak one-on-one with state legislators, while also advocating for issues that impact their patients, dental practices, and oral health in Ohio.


Click here to see Dean Lloyd and College of Dentistry students at the "Day at the Statehouse."


Second-Year Dental Students Selected as Schweitzer Fellows


Second-year dental students Laura Doss and Colleen Heffernan have been selected as 2012-2013 Columbus-Athens Albert Schweitzer Fellows.


"I am so thankful for this opportunity as a Schweitzer Fellow," Laura Doss said. "When receiving my white coat, I made an oath to serve my community. Even though I still have several years before I am a practicing dentist, I believe that this is my opportunity to serve. I truly believe that the knowledge, experiences, and the relationships I will establish through this fellowship will be life changing." 


Second-Year Dental Student Receives NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award

Second-year dental student Vivian Ariail has been selected to participate in the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) 8-week summer research program. She will work with Jacqueline Mays, DDS, PhD, a College of Dentistry graduate who is now an NIDCR Clinical Research Fellow at the NIH.


The summer research program is designed to give outstanding dental students hands-on research experience and exposure to the latest advances in oral health research. Selected candidates are assigned to mentors who conduct research in the students' areas of interest. 


Pediatric Dentistry Residents Place at JADSA/IFDAS Research Competition

Congratulations to second-year pediatric dentistry residents Dr. Sally Tor, who placed second, and Dr. Lisa Newman, who placed third, at the international Joint American Dental Society of Anesthesiology/ International Federation of Dental Anesthesia Societies Research Competition. 


Dr. Tor presented Is oral midazolam outdated as an outpatient dental pediatric sedative?, and Dr. Newman presented Childhood obesity and respiratory complications associated with general anesthesia. This is the second consecutive year that OSU/Nationwide Children's Hospital has placed at the meeting.

Recipients of Winter Seed Grants Announced


The College of Dentistry's Office of Research has announced the recipients of the winter 2012 cycle of Seed Grants. 


First is Hua-Hong (Ben) Chien, DDS, PhD with The Effects of Platform-switching on Cytokine Profiles Expression. Also a recipient is John Walters, DDS, MMSc with Comparison of azithromycin and amoxicillin for prophylaxis at implant placement. 


Pre-Dent Day 2012


Pre-Dent Day 2012 was hosted by the Office of Admissions and the American Student Dental Association Saturday, March 31.  


Dean Lloyd started the day with an introduction to the college. Other presentations included facts about dentistry as a career, information about the dental school, a pre-clinic experience, a tour of the college, and information on test preparation.


Click here for the Facebook album of the event. 

Dr. Paul Casamassimo Announced as AAPD Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center Director 

Dr. Paul Casamassimo, College of Dentistry professor of pediatric dentistry, director of the Dental Faculty Practice, and the Chief of Dentistry at Nationwide Children's Hospital, has been announced by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) as Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center Director (POHRPC).  


Dr. Ann Griffen New Chair of NIGMS Special Emphasis Panel



Dr. Ann Griffen, professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, is the new chair of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Special Emphasis Panel (NIH study section) on the Dynamics of Host-Associated Microbial Communities.   


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Dr. Alejandro Peregrina Appointed to Board of Directors of AAFP



Dr. Alejandro Peregrina was recently appointed to the board of directors of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics (AAFP).


The mission of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics is to foster excellence in the field of prosthodontics, implants and esthetic dentistry through mutual study, participation, and cooperation.


Dr. Peregrina is a prosthodontist and associate clinical professor in the Department of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry.

Ms. Beverly McClure Retires from the College



Ms. Beverly McClure, 

clinical associate professor in the Division of Dental Hygiene at the College of Dentistry, is retiring after teaching at the college for more than 30 years. 


She has taught courses in dental anatomy, pediatric dentistry, clinical dental hygiene, pre-clinical periodontic courses for both dental hygiene and dental students, and dental materials. She also taught and was the coordinator for CPR courses given to staff, faculty, and students, and she has presented many CE courses.


Click here for the Facebook album of the retirement reception. 

The Office of Research Presents a Distinguished Lecture


Dr. Bryan Michalowicza professor, department chair, and clinical researcher from the University of Minnesota, will present a distinguished lecture.


LectureExploring Links between Oral and General Health.  

DateApril 25, 2012

Time11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location:  Room 1183, Postle Hall


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Dr. Michael Bailey Awarded NIH Grant  

Dr. Michael Bailey, assistant professor of oral biology, has been awarded a $1.9 million five-year R01 grant from the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Bailey's study is titled, Role of Stress-induced Reduction in Lactobacillus reuteri on Colonic Inflammation.  



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Dr. Peter Reiser Receives NIH Grant


Dr. Peter Reiser, professor of oral biology at the College of Dentistry, and professor of physiology and cell biology in the College of Medicine, is a co-investigator on a recently awarded R01 grant. 



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Research Lunch & Learns Held Monthly


The Office of Research at the College of Dentistry will host a  Lunch & Learn Series on research-focused topics the second Wednesday of each month. 


These one-hour sessions will be held in Postle Hall (room 3123), from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Lunch will be provided.)

Click here for upcoming Lunch & Learns. 

ASDA Buckeye Dental Expo to be Held April 9


ASDA Ohio State will hold the 2012 ASDA Buckeye Dental Expo Monday, April 9 at the Ohio Union.  


More than 60 vendors will showcase the latest products and services; giveaways and raffles will be available for ASDA members, and a full externship scholarship from the Midwest Implant Institute will be given as a grand prize.


All faculty and students are welcome!


Click here for more info. 

Free Head & Neck Cancer Screenings


Free head and neck cancer screenings will be held at Ohio State's Eye and Ear Institute Friday, April 20. 


Where: 4th Floor Clinic, 915 Olentangy River Rd. Columbus, Ohio


When: Friday, April 20, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Click here for more info. 

Campus Campaign Marches On

The Ohio State University Campus Campaign is an annual, campus-wide fundraising initiative that brings together the University community.  

"Grounds for Change"  and "It's Crunch Time" were both events held recently as part of the College of Dentistry's campaign efforts. 


Click here for photos. 


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68th Annual Post College Assembly: Fostering Tradition and Training 


The 68th Annual Post College Assembly (PCA) will be held May 17-18. This event continues a tradition of educational excellence by offering continuing dental education sessions on an array of topics for today's dental practitioner. Participants can earn as many as 14 continuing education units (CEUs) -- in one convenient on-campus location!


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