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May 03, 2012

Oral Medicine Resident Receives Lester Burket Memorial Award

Dr. Ying Wai Sia, a second-year resident in Penn Dental Medicine’s Oral Medicine graduate program, was awarded the prestigious Lester Burket Memorial Award from the American Academy of Oral Medicine (AAOM) for her research acitivites. The award was presented on during the Annual Meeting of the AAOM, held April 17 -21 in Charleston, SC. This award was created to promote basic and clinical research in oral medicine and to honor the memory of Dr. Lester Burket, who served as Professor of Oral Medicine and also as Dean of Penn Dental Medicine.

Only residents/fellows of AAOM-accredited Oral Medicine training programs are eligible for the Award, and submitted abstracts must represent significant thesis-level research. Dr. Sia worked with research mentor Dr. Andres Pinto, Associate Professor of Oral Medicine at Penn Dental Medicine, on a systematic review and meta-analysis on the evidence supporting an association between salivary flow and primary burning mouth syndrome (BMS). They analyzed all studies published between 1960 and 2011, and reported an association between primary BMS and reduced whole stimulated salivary flow. “Potential implications of this finding may have an impact on how we treat this challenging facial pain condition,” notes Dr. Pinto. “Dr. Sia did outstanding work.”

Each of the accredited oral medicine programs in the United States and Canada may select one candidate in the basic and clinical science categories for the Burket Award, and one or two residents receive the Award per year.

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