Research Day

Research Day is an annual event for our students, residents, and faculty to interact and discuss their research accomplishments. Held in conjunction with the Annual CCTS Spring Conference, the event provides an excellent opportunity for our students to engage with students in other disciplines. Students are invited to prepare poster or oral presentations on their research. Their posters are judged and awards are presented.

Information on Research Day 2020 can be found here

Click on a year below to see award recipients.

2019

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Graduate Student/Resident/Extern
 
Basic and Clinical Research Category

  • First Place – Divakar Karanth; Orthodontics (Mentor – David Puleo) “Developing and evaluating piezoelectric scaffold for alveolar bone regeneration”
  • Second Place – Ryan Rubino; Periodontics (Mentor – Craig Miller) “Post-Operative Bleeding Associated with Antiplatelet and Anticoagulant Drugs: A Retrospective Study” 
  • Third Place – Firas Al-Yafi; Periodontics (Mentor – Mohanad Al-Sabbagh)  “Open Barrier Ridge Preservation with Leukocyte Platelet Rich Fibrin Plug: A Clinical, Radiographic, and Histomorphometric Study” 

Case Reports & Reviews Category 

  • First Place –  Alex Kluemper, Ryan Garbarino and Shelby Sheeran, Orthodontics (Mentor – Mohamed Bazina) “CBCT Imaging in Orthodontics: A New Standard of Care?” 
  • Second Place – Amripal Kullar, Orofacial Pain (Mentor – Isabel Moreno-Hay) “Trigeminal Neuralgia in a 32-Year-Old-Female with Chiari Malformation: A Case Report”
  • Third Place – Priya Jayaraman, Orofacial Pain  (Mentor – Jeff Okeson) “Use of CBD Oil for Pain Management in Trigeminal Neuralgia: A Case Report “

DMD Students
 
Clinical /Basic Research Category   

  • First Place - Aneesha Laungani DS3 (Mentor – Dave Jensen) “Touchscreen Interaction Provides Increased Retention for Children Receiving Oral Hygiene Instruction”
  • Second Place – Chad Davidson  DS2 (Mentor – Robert Danaher) “Epac Contributes to Orofacial Pain after Trigeminal Nerve Injury in Mice”
  • Third Place - Dave Jensen DS4 (Mentor – Lina Sharab) “Cephalometric Analysis Assessing the Validity of Ala-tragus Line While Establishing the Occlusal Plane in Edentulous Patients”

Post-Doctoral/Research Scientist

  • First Place – Vanessa Tubero-Alves  (Mentor – Octavio Gonzalez) “Regulation of oral bacteria-induced CCL20 secretion in epithelial cells involves miRNAs”
  • Second Place -  Fayrouz Bazina  (Mentor – Stephanos Kyrkanides)  “TGF-β1-Induced Phenotypic Changes on Oral Epithelial Keratinocytes”
  • Third Place – Liping Zhang  (Mentor – Robert Danaher)  “Evaluation of Highly Selective mPGES-1 Inhibitor, UK4b, as a Non-addictive Pain Medication for Orofacial Pain“

 

2018

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Graduate Student/Resident/Extern Clinical Translational/Basic Research

  • First: Brittany Camenisch; Periodontics (Mentor – Octavio Gonzalez) “Phospholipase A2-IIA Expression Levels Associated with Oral Health, Gingivitis, and Periodontitis”
  • Second: Steven Litwin; Periodontics (Mentor – Dolph Dawson) “Bacterial Profiles of Newly placed Implants in Patients following Periodontal Treatment”
  • Third: Katie Gibson; Orthodontics (Mentor Lorri Morford) “Genetic Association Analysis of Novel Markers on Chromosome 17 with Dental Agenesis”

Graduate Student/Resident/Extern Case Reports/Literature Review 

  • First: Divakar Karanth, Jeryn Jacob and Carli Loss; Orthodontics (Mentor – Lina Sharab) “Expedited Orthodontic Tooth Movement Modalities”
  • Second: Kayla Newton; Pediatric Dentistry (Mentor – Cristina Perez) “Restorability of Primary Teeth with SDF on Deep Carious Lesions”
  • Third: Alexander Krisko; Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Mentor – Melvin Yeoh) “Total Joint Replacement for Proliferative Synovitis: A Case Report “

DMD Students Clinical Translational/Basic Research

  • First: Aneesha Reddy DS3 (Mentor – Cristina Perez) “The implication of orally administered Erythritol to patients with Early Childhood Caries following full mouth dental rehabilitation (FMDR)”
  • Second: Dan Ritchey DS3 and Erin Pilling DS2 (Mentor – Dolph Dawson) “Periodontitis correlations to Societal Disadvantages: A retrospective analysis”
  • Third: Dave Jensen DS3 (Mentor – Octavio Gonzalez) “Gingival Expression of Neuropeptides during periodontal disease in Non-Human Primates”

DMD Students Case Reports/Literature Review

  • First: Karah Brown DS4  (Mentor – Ahmad Kutkut) “Full Mouth Implant-retained Prostheses for a Patient with Marfan Syndrome”
  • Second: John Ledford DS4  (Mentor – Steven Tucker) “3D Printed Tooth Supported Surgical Guide for Multiple Implant Placements: A Case Report”
  • Third: Joseph Parker DS3  (Mentor – Ahmad Kutkut) “Peri-Implantitis: Etiology, Treatment Modality, and Clinical Case report “

Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship “1-Minute Pitch Your Poster”

  • First: Dave Jensen DS3 (Mentor – Octavio Gonzalez) “Gingival Expression of Neuropeptides during periodontal disease in Non-Human Primates”

Honorable Mention - Undergraduate Students

  • Abigail May (Mentor – Octavio Gonzalez) “P. gingivalis Modulates Oral Epithelial Cell Antimicrobial Responses Through Group IIA Phospholipase A2”
  • Ning Yeh, (Mentor – Robert Danaher) “Brainstem EPAC Contribute to Orofacial Mechanical Hypersensitivity after Trigeminal Nerve Injury in Mice”

2017

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Graduate Student/Resident Clinical Research

  • First: Ishita Bhavasr; Periodontics (Mentor: Dr. Mohanad Al-Sabbagh) “Biomarkers Associated with Peri-Implantitis and Response to Surgical Therapy”
  • Second: Mohamed Rezk; Periodontics (Mentor: Dr. Ahmad Kutkut) “Immediate Loading of Unsplinted Implant Retained Mandibular Overdenture: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Study”
  • Third: Amber Adkins; Pediatric Dentistry (Mentor: Dr. Christina Perez) “The Effects of n Animal-Assisted Therapy Dog in Reducing Children’s Anxiety in a Dental Setting”

Graduate Student/Resident Translational Research

  • First: Sudha Gudhimella; Orthodontics (Mentor: Dr. Sarandeep Huja) “Skeletal Anchorage in a Rat Model of Orthodontic Tooth Movement (OTM)”
  • Second: Anastasia Kozal/Amal Alfaraj; Periodontics (Mentor: Dr. Octavio Gonzalez) “P. gingivalis Activates Notch-1 in Human Oral Epithelial Cells”
  • Third: Michael Rectin; Oral Surgery (Mentor: Dr. Steven Tucker) “Teeth in a Day: A Case Report”

DMD Students

  • First: Nash Laungani; DS2 (Mentor: Dr. Robert Danaher) “HDAC Inhibitors Attenuate the Development of Hypersensitivity in a Mouse Model of Orofacial Neuropathic Pain”
  • Second: Steve Haverkos; DS4 (Mentor: Dr. Galal Omami) “Variation in Grey-Scale Intensity for Hard Tissue Landmarks by CBCT”
  • Third: David Jensen; DS2 (Mentor: Dr. Mohanad Al-Sabbagh) “Factors Influencing the Referral of Dental Implant Patients: The General Practitioner’s Perspective”
  • Fourth: Alex Kluemper; DS3 (Mentor: Dr. Sarandeep Huja) “Rate and Type of Tooth Movement in Rats Under Low Orthodontic Force”

Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship "2-minute Pitch Your Poster" Competition

  • Ahmad Al-Attar (Co-Investigator: Dr. Octavio Gonzalez) “Modulation of epithelial Chemokine Responses by Oral Commensal Bacteria” was awarded first place.
  • David Jensen, DS2 (Mentor: Dr. Mohanad Al-Sabbagh) “Factors Influencing the Referral of Dental Implant Patients: The General Practitioner’s Perspective” received the Directors Award for Passion and Enthusiasm.

2016

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Graduate Student/Resident Translational Clinical Research

  • First: Tyresia White, Periodontics (mentor: Gonzalez) – Epithelial cell death is differentially induced by commensals and pathogens
  • Second: Ishita Bhavsar, Periodontics (mentor: Al-Sabbagh) – Biomarkers associated with peri-implantitis and response to surgical therapy
  • Third: Ashley Betz, Orthodontics (mentors: Hartsfield/Morford) – Genetic association of GHR and IGF-1 with facial growth

Graduate Student/Resident Applied Clinical Research

  • First: Samer Faraj, Periodontics, (mentor: Al-Sabbagh) – Comparison of amnion chorion and bovine collagen membrane for socket bone augmentation: A clinical and histological study
  • Second: Rebecca Parr, Pediatric Dentistry (mentor: Turner) – Capnography for patient monitoring during moderate sedation in pediatric dentistry
  • Third: Pratishtha Mishra, Orofacial Pain (mentor: Okeson) – Effects of intraoral administration of onabotulinumtoxin A in intractable persistent dentoalveolar pain: A case series.

Case Reports 
(This recognition was recommended by the judges based upon the caliber of the presentation. Next year CRD will add this as a routine category for presentation)

  • Eric Mencarelli, OMFS (mentor: Curtis) – Reconstruction of oral commissure defect: radial forearm free flap.

DMD Students

  • First: Nate Reuter, DS2 (mentor: Miller) – Dentistry and fatal outcomes: A systematic review. (Dentsply Award)
  • Second: Ashwin Ravisankar, DS4 (mentor: Kutkut) – Stability and crestal bone changes around implants immediately loaded for mandibular overdentures: A randomized controlled study
  • Third: Alexandria Maxson, DS2 (mentor: Hasan) – HIV testing in dental practices, is it practical? (ADA Research Conference) Nashwin Laungani, DS1 (mentor: Dawson/Aalboe) – Physical and psychological impact of periodontitis on perpetuation of negative factors for the underprivileged. (Hinman Conference)

2015

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DMD

  • First: Lee Zamos (Mentor: Kutkut) - Immediate Loading of Unsplinted Implant Retained Mandibular Overdenture: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Clinical Study
  • Second: Bradley Skelton (Mentor: Morford) – Progress Report: Co-Factors and Genetic Markers Influencing the Dual Occurrence of Ovarian Cancer and Dental Agenesis [ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Program]
  • Third: Mike McQuinn (Mentor: Cunningham) - Predicting Outcomes of Open Joint TMJ Surgery [ADA Foundation Colgate Dental Students’ Conference on Research]
  • Fourth: Mike Rechtin (Mentor: High) - Chronic Trigeminal Pain Induces pERK Expression in the Spinal Cord [Hinman Student Research Symposium]

Graduate Students (Clinical/Translational)

  • First: Lucy Wachs (Mentor: Kluemper) - Comparison of Skeletal Classification, Facial Convexity, BMI, AHI, and Genetic Variants Among Sleep Apnea Patients
  • Second: Jonathan Francis (Mentor: Huja) - Screw Diameter and Orthodontic Loading Influence Adjacent Bone Response
  • Third: James Vellis (Mentor: Al-Sabbagh) - Xenogenic Collagen Matrix to Increase the Zone of Keratinized Mucosa Around Implants

Graduate Students (Basic/Applied)

  • First: Nathan Johnson (Mentor: Miller) - Rapid Assessment of Periodontal Disease using Salivary MMP-8 in a Lateral Flow Chromatography Device
  • Second: Fernando Exposto (Mentor: High) - Catechol-O-methyltransferase Inhibition Alters Pain and Anxiety-Related Volitional Behaviors Through Activation of β-adrenergic Receptors in the Rat
  • Third: Sudha Gudhimella (Mentor: Huja) - Effects of ageing and periodontitis on bone-related gene expressions in oral mucosal tissues in nonhuman primates
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