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2014 News & Releases


Penn Dental-Univ of Florida Team Treats Pulmonary Hypertension Through the Leaves of Plants »

Oct 13, 2014 This study by Dr. Henry Daniell and collaborators has shown a way to deliver a therapy through oral delivery for a disease in critical need of an innovative therapy.


Penn Dental-NIH Team Discovers New Type of Cell Movement in 3D Matrix »

Sep 02, 2014 Dr. Michel Koo and NIH collaborators found the nucleus propels cells, creating pressure that thrusts the plasma membrane forward, in a study published in Science.


In the News: NIDCR ScienceSpotlight Features Penn Dental Collaboration on LAD-I Periodontitis »

Aug 31, 2014 Collaboration of Dr. George Hajishengallis with NIDCR investigator identifies targets to reverse bone loss and inflammation in immune disorder.


Plant-based Research at Penn Dental Prevents Complication of Hemophilia Treatment in Mice »

Aug 30, 2014 In a new study, a research team led by Dr. Henry Daniell is using plant cells to teach the immune system to tolerate rather than attack the clotting factor protein used in treating hemophilia.


In the News: Dr. Sunday Akintoye’s Research Featured in NCI Grantee Spotlight »

Aug 12, 2014 The National Cancer Institute spotlights the research of grantee Dr. Akintoye, who is studying the behavior of jaw bone stem cells and cancer treatment complications.


Oral Medicine Faculty, Publication Receive Golden Pen Award »

Aug 08, 2014 Drs. Thomas Sollecito, Eric Stoopler recognized by the ICD as editors of Dental Clinics of North America Clinical Approaches to Oral Mucosal Disorders: Part I.


In the News: Restoring Works from the Thomas W. Evans Art Collection »

Jul 17, 2014 The Penn Current talks with Dean Denis Kinane on the work done to restore pieces from the late 19th-century art collection of Thomas Evans.


Dr. Morton Amsterdam, Renowned Educator and Clinician, Dies at 92 »

Jul 10, 2014 Professor Emeritus in the Department of Periodontics, Dr. Amsterdam had a far-reaching impact on the fields of periodontics and advanced restorative dentistry.


Dr. Dana Graves Receives IADR Distinguished Scientist Award »

Jun 25, 2014 Dr.Graves was recognized for his “outstanding achievements” in periodontal disease research. The award was presented today at the 92nd IADR General Session & Exhibition.


Gum Disease Bacteria Selectively Disarm Immune System, Penn Study Finds »

Jun 11, 2014 A study from the lab of Dr. George Hajishengallis shows that bacteria responsible for periodontitis cause a two-prong manipulation of the human immune system.


Pediatric Residency Program Doubles in Size »

Jun 11, 2014 The School has doubled the number of pediatric residents accepted each year; the first class at this larger size starts in July.


Dr. Thomas Sollecito Receives Thomas Evans Achievement Award »

May 21, 2014 The Evans Award is the Alumni Society’s highest recognition award. Dr. Sollecito is only the seventh recipient since the award’s establishment in 1993.


Penn Team Identifies Promising New Target to Treat Periodontal Disease »

May 20, 2014 Dr. George Hajishengallis and collaborators from Penn Medicine have shown a promising new target, a component of the immune system, for the treatment of periodontitis.


Penn Dental Medicine Faculty Members Receive 2014 Teaching Awards »

May 14, 2014 Faculty members were honored for excellence in teaching by the graduating class at the School’s Senior Farewell, held May 13 at The Bellevue.


In the News: A Lettuce Cure »

May 08, 2014 Featured in the May/June issue of The Pennsylvania Gazette, is a story on the research of Dr. Henry Daniell, Professor, Depts. of Biochemistry and Pathology.


Dr. Fusun Ozer Receives Rabinowitz Award for Excellence in Research »

Apr 30, 2014 This year’s applications focused on new projects that also involve new collaborations between Penn Dental Medicine faculty.


Oral Medicine Faculty, Residents Play Key Roles at World Workshop, Recogized by AAOM »

Apr 28, 2014 The World Workshop of Oral Medicine and the Annual Meeting of the AAOM were both held in Orlando, Fla., April 6 to 12, 2014.


In the News: Growing Plants to Save Lives »

Apr 10, 2014 Penn Current talks with Dr. Henry Daniell, Professor, Depts. of Biochemistry and Pathology, on his plant-based platform for producing and delivering drugs.


Students Raise over $19.7K for Oral Cancer Foundation through Philly Oral Cancer Walk and 5K »

Apr 01, 2014 This was the sixth year that students in Penn Dental Medicine’s Oral Cancer Society organized the event.


Penn Dental Medicine-NIH Team Reverses Bone Loss in Immune Disorder »

Mar 26, 2014 A study by Dr. George Hajishengallis, Professor, Dept. of Microbiology, looked at leukocyte adhesion deficiency patients, who suffer from severe gum disease.


Penn Dental Medicine Study Suggests Cause of Severe Tooth Decay in Toddlers »

Mar 18, 2014 A study by Dr. Michel Koo, Professor, Dept of Orthodontics, suggests early childhood caries may result from an unhealthy partnership between a bacterium and fungus.


Dr. George Hajishengallis to Receive 2014 IADR/AADR William J. Gies Award »

Mar 18, 2014 The Gies Awards recognize the best papers published in the IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research. Dr. Hajishengallis' award is in the category of biological research.


In the News: WHYY’s NewsWorks Talks to Dr. Henry Daniell on his Research »

Mar 17, 2014 Dr. Daniell has developed a new technology that relies on plant cells to produce and deliver human therapeutic protiens to treat infectious and inherited diseases.


Penn Dental Student Brings Oral Health Education to a Gambian Village »

Jan 27, 2014 Through Penn's International Internship Program, second-year student Tina Chou spent two months supporting dental care in the rural village of Bwiam, The Gambia.


Penn Dental Medicine Mourns the Passing of Dr. Ellis Golub »

Jan 27, 2014 Dr. Golub, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, first joined the School in 1977. He served as Chair of the Department of Biochemistry from 1996-2003.


In the News: Dental Students Expand Outreach Programs for HIV Patients »

Jan 16, 2014 Community honors students discuss with Penn Current a new dental care program they have established with Philadelphia FIGHT, serving people living with HIV/AIDS.



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