ACCE Day, Research Day, May 12-13 Spotlight Research, Education, Clinical Care


Philadelphia – Penn Dental Medicine will present two days of programming highlighting faculty and student research across disciplines as well as initiatives in clinical care and education with Advances in Clinical Care (ACCE) Day and Research Day, May 12 and 13, respectively. Both days will feature guest speakers, faculty presentations, and poster sessions by students in both the DMD and graduate programs.

“There is such a diversity of research and programs going on throughout the School that coming together like this is invaluable to enable our students and faculty share their work with each other and potential collaborators here at Penn and beyond,” says Dean Mark Wolff.


This is the inaugural year for ACCE Day, designed to spotlight faculty, resident, and student scholarship in community service, educational initiatives, and advances in clinical care. The School’s Personalized Care Suite in the Care Center for Persons with Disabilities will be the featured clinical care and education initiative with a presentation by Dean Mark Wolff and Dr. Alicia Risner-Bauman, Associate Director, Care Center for Persons with Disabilities.

The keynote lecture, at noon on May 12, will feature Dr. Christine Riedy-Murphy, Chair and Associate Professor of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology and Delta Dental of Massachusetts Professor in Oral Public Health and Epidemiology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Faculty presenters will include Dr. Joseph Fiorellini, Professor, Department of Periodontics; Dr. Eugene Ko, Assistant Professor of Clinical Oral Medicine; Dr. Beverly Crawford, Associate Professor of Clinical Restorative Dentistry and Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion; and Dr. Yu-Cheng Chang, Assistant Professor of Clinical Periodontics. The student poster presentations and competition will be held at 3 p.m. with award presented at 5 p.m.

Research Day

Research Day on May 13 will also bring faculty and students together to share their research activities with one another and spotlight the depth of the School’s research enterprise. Invited guest lecturers will include Dr. Carole Fakhry, Director, Johns Hopkins Head and Neck Cancer Center and Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, who will present the Samuel I. & Hilda B. Shames Lecture at 8:45 a.m.; and Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health, presenting the Joseph L. Rabinowitz Memorial Lecture at 1 p.m.

The program will also include a series of faculty presentations from 9:45 a.m. through 11 a.m. by Dr. Robert P. Ricciardi, Professor of Microbiology, Department of Basic and Translational Sciences; Dr. Kang I. Ko, Assistant Professor of Periodontics, Department of Periodontics; and Dr. Sinem Esra Sahingur, Associate Professor of Periodontics. There will also be a faculty dialogue at 11:30 a.m. with Dr. Anh Le, Chair and Norman Vine Endowed Professor of Oral Rehabilitation, and Dr. Alonso Carrasco-Labra, Associate Professor, Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, on Dr. Le’s research and professional path.

The day’s program will conclude with poster presentations by students and junior investigators at 2 p.m. and recognition awards at 4:30 p.m.

Both days will be held in-person at Penn Dental Medicine this year, however, the guest lectures and faculty presentations will also be available to attend virtually. Register here »